The ACE curriculum through Religious Education.
“The essence of all religions is one. Only their approaches are different” Mahatma Gandhi.
At Cavendish Close Junior Academy, we aspire to help children develop an understanding of values, identity, traditions, beliefs and practices of a variety of religions. We use the Derbyshire and Derby City Agreed Syllabus for our planning and assessment. The document is reviewed and developed on a five-yearly cycle. We are currently following the new syllabus for 2020-2025.
All children experience a visit a place of worship to enhance their learning over the course of the academic year. Year 3 will visit a Gurdwara, Year 4 will visit a Synagogue, Year 5 will visit a Hindu Temple and Year 6 will visit a Mosque. In addition to this, all children visit the local church once a year and the local church also, in turn, visit school to deliver assemblies and work within classes.
RE is linked very closely to pupil’s spiritual, moral, social and cultural learning and within each class children collaborate in and experience activities linked to their key learning (eg: Year six fundraise linked to Zakat). During our whole school assemblies, we acknowledge key religious festivals and each year group will lead an assembly based upon a religious festival or event throughout the year.
At Cavendish Close, RE provides a safe space for students to discuss, experience and respond courteously to difference in our communities. Children are provided with opportunities to collaborate with one another in a space where they can engage equally and learn to disagree respectfully and appreciate the values and beliefs of others.
Through all of these, our children are able to become ACE in RE!
Miss E Leeson