We may be small, but together we can make a big difference.
“Our faith can move mountains” Matthew 17:20
Aiming to become upstanding members of a diverse and awe inspiring world.
As a Church of England School, the Christian faith is the foundations of everything that we do at Loscoe.
In all learning and life experiences, we aim to fulfil our school vision by raising the aspiration of all pupils and promoting confidence, aspiration, wisdom, resilience and independence in every child. At our school, we provide a broad and balanced RE curriculum which encompasses spiritual, moral, social and cultural development, in accordance with the locally-agreed syllabus of Derbyshire and Derby City, as well as The Understanding Christianity units.
We promote an environment where all children feel known, accepted, and valued as individuals, within a caring community, where our Christian faith affects not only what we teach, but also how we teach. We believe that it is fundamental for the children to belong to a safe and nurturing community, founded on strong Christian values where children will develop an array of skills that will enable them to make their own positive contribution to our global society.
Our intent for all the children in RE are:
∙ To provoke challenging questions about the ultimate meaning of life, beliefs about God, the nature of reality and morality.
∙ To develop pupils’ knowledge and understanding of Christianity, other principal world religions, religious traditions and world-views, which offer answers to ultimate questions.
∙ To encourage pupils to develop their sense of identity and belonging, in order to flourish within communities, as responsible citizens in society and global communities.
∙ To teach pupils to develop respect for others and their beliefs and helps to challenge prejudice.
∙ To prompt pupils to consider their responsibilities to themselves and to others, and to explore how they might contribute to their communities and to wider society encouraging empathy, generosity and compassion.
Our whole curriculum is shaped by our school vision which aims to enable all children, regardless of background, ability, additional needs, to flourish to become the best they can be.
We ensure that, at Loscoe, we fully meet the requirement of the statement of entitlement for Church schools, which states that all children are to receive a high quality Religious Education which supports them in all aspects of their learning : “Religious education in a Church school should enable every child to flourish and to live life in all its fullness. (John 10:10). It will help educate for dignity and respect encouraging all to live well together” (Statement of Entitlement)
We implement our intent by:
We will know our RE curriculum has been effective, as children at Losoce will:
As part of their time at Loscoe Church of England Primary School and Nursery, the children will visit St Luke’s Church in Losoce, as well as other places of worship. The Loscoe Promise lists that children will visit at least one place of worship from other faiths.
For those children who are interested in studying religion, a career in Theology is the perfect choice. Having the opportunity to learn more about one’s faith is often seen as an opportunity that’s too good to pass up. However, when most people think of a theology career they automatically assume the only available job is that of minister. Yet, the fact is a theology degree can lead to many careers other than the ministry, with each offering excellent salaries and the chance to use one’s training in various settings. As more people than ever before look at religion and spirituality as a major part of their lives, theology careers have allowed many people with religious training to enter a number of mainstream careers.
The teaching and learning of Religious Education supports careers, such as:
Religious Education Teacher
Chaplain in the: Navy, Army, RAF, Prison, Hospital
Fund - Raising Specialist
Religious Figures Coverage
Throughout our RE curriculum we will learn about various religious figures from Islam, Judaism, Christianity, Buddhism, Hinduism and Humanism. These will include a diverse range of people including:
Martin Luther King
The Department for Education has reinforced the need “to create and enforce a clear and rigorous expectation on all schools to promote the fundamental British values of democracy, the rule of law, individual liberty and mutual respect and tolerance of those with different faiths and beliefs.”
We recognise the importance of teaching our pupils mutual respect and tolerance for those of different or of no faith, and the shared values of Christianity and other major world faiths. Our Religious Education Programme is based on the Understanding Christianity and Derbyshire and Derby City agreed syllabus.
British values are taught in all curriculum areas and are planned for in our school planning format. We also focus on a value each term and work in houses and classes to explore the value.
British Values are reinforced on a daily basis through our ‘ hidden curriculum’. This is where the school’s ethos influences more abstract areas of personal development such as forming and maintaining relationships, self-esteem and patterns of behaviour.
Religion and belief are protected characteristics under the Equality Act. They cover people with a range of faiths and beliefs including a respect for their own and other cultures. We have themed weeks and days in school where different cultures are celebrated. We also discuss in RE and PSHE how the children can contribute positively to school and home life and to the lives of those living and working in the locality and further afield. We support the local food bank throughout the year, as well as other charities.
During RE lessons we remind everyone that their religion is to be respected and appreciated.
An acceptance that other people having different faiths or beliefs to oneself (or having none) should be accepted and tolerated, and should not be the cause of prejudicial or discriminatory behaviour. This is modelled and taught within RE lessons.
During their time at Loscoe, children cover all the major world religions. These are taught with the understanding that we celebrate and respect all religions and their principles. Different aspects of Christianity are taught each year at Loscoe.
Useful links and websites (including local visits)
Our curriculum is based upon the Derbyshire Agreed Syllabus and supported with materials from Understanding Christianity. Across the classes, our long term plan ensures that our children are learning about core Christian concepts alongside other world faiths.
Breadth of Study
At Loscoe Church of England Primary and Nursery, we study the following faiths in depth:
Children in years 4, 5 and 6 will also learn about the non-religious responses of Humanists.
Please contact Mrs Coope at email@example.com / Miss Sylvester at firstname.lastname@example.org if you have questions or would like to talk about any aspects of RE at Loscoe C of E Primary School and Nursery.
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Our long term planning is designed as 1 year cycle. This ensures our children get a great depth and breadth of study and work on units from both Understanding Christianity and the Derbyshire Agreed Syllabus.
Children have been learning about the meaning of 'generosity'. Each year group has focused on a particular religion and what they can learn from it. Below are their class display boards.