Hartsfield School is non-denominational and the teaching of Religious Education is in accordance with the Hertfordshire Agreed Syllabus (see the document below)
Regular School assemblies provide a time of quiet reflection within an act of celebration or worship, which could be linked to religious festivals, school events or national or international occasions. The act of worship is broadly of a Christian nature.
Parents not wishing their child to participate in such assemblies should consult the Headteacher.
At Hartsfield, we aim to prepare pupils to engage in a diverse and complex multi-religious and multi-secular society, by:
- making sense of religion and worldviews around them and helping them begin to understand the complex world in which they live;
- making knowledge-based judgements about important matters of religion and belief which shape the global landscape.
We follow the Hertfordshire Agreed Syllabus, throughout which strands of SMSC, personal growth, enquiry and community cohesion are incorporated. We provide opportunities for children to develop positive attitudes and values and to reflect on and relate their learning in RE to their own experiences, enquiring into philosophical, moral and ethical issues. Children, including those disadvantaged or with SEND, will develop the skills required to engage with others in dialogue and to cooperate in society with respect and compassion. Potential barriers to learning will be addressed through additional support and provision of opportunities for enhancing cultural capital wherever possible. We are ambitious for pupil attainment in RE, anticipating achievement, in terms of reaching or exceeding age related expectations, to be at least broadly in line with reading across the school.
As previously described, the Hertfordshire Agreed Syllabus for RE provides a statutory broad range of study for children incorporating challenge and differentiation. To achieve this, staff deliver high-quality, progressive lessons which offer pupils the following:
- to know, understand and explore the significance and impact of sacred texts, other sources of wisdom and ways of expressing meaning;
- to express ideas and insights about the nature of beliefs, values and practices and their impact upon the identity of individuals and communities;
- to recognise and explore the diversity which exists within and between religious traditions.
Please refer to the separate progression statement, which details how knowledge and skills are assessed and developed throughout the Key Stages. Continual support for SEND/ PPG children is provided through a variety of measures including checking prior knowledge and appropriately pitched, supported tasks. Staff consistently seek to encourage and develop inquisitiveness, for example by including artefacts, re-enacting ceremonies or posing philosophical questions. Staff are supported by access to training as required and a range of resources held in school. Additional religious artefact resource boxes are available for loan from SACRE.