Our Vision and Aims
The ethos of the United Nations Rights of the Child and the spiritual, moral, social and cultural development of each child is core to the teaching and learning of Religious Education at Hounslow Primary School.
We use the ‘Discovery RE’ programme as a basis for learning and teaching. This ensures coverage of the Locally Agreed Syllabus in RE. The three main strands of the scheme are:
• to know about religions
• to express ideas
• to develop skills of engagement in religious topics
The scheme of work is based on an enquiry- based approach, beginning with the children’s own life experience before moving into learning about and from religion.
Pupils are encouraged to explore their own beliefs (religious or non-religious) and to reflect on what they learn. Building pupils’ sense of identity and belonging helps them flourish within the school community, their communities and as citizens in a diverse society. Pupils develop respect for others, including people with different faiths and beliefs, and to challenge prejudice. This supports the development of Shared/British values.
Parents/carers have the right to withdraw their children from all or part of the Religious Education. Those parents/carers wishing to exercise this right are invited in to see the head teacher who will explore any concerns and discuss any impact that withdrawal may have on the child. The school will ensure that parents who want to withdraw their children from RE are aware of the RE syllabus and that it is relevant to all pupils, and respects their own personal beliefs. Parents will be made aware of the learning objectives and what is covered in the RE curriculum and should be given the opportunity to discuss this, if they wish. The school may also wish to review such a request each year, in discussion with the parents.
History and Geography
History and Geography are taught using thematic based learning using Cornerstones Curriculum. They create a project for each unit of work. Cornerstones incorporates the objectives form the National Curriculum and allows the children to learn, develop and apply knowledge and skills in an enquiry and creative based environment.
History involves using clues from the past and the children are encouraged to be historical detectives as they develop their understanding and enthusiasm for the subject. They will use visits to historical sites e.g. Windsor Castle, question visitors with expert knowledge and through examining artefacts, pictures and objects relating to the period of history as well as online and information texts to gain a good insight into the period of history.
Geography involves the investigation of places, physical features, settlement and environmental change using geographical skills. Pupils will be given opportunities to use an enquiry approach focusing on key geographical questions. They will use maps, photographs, visits to sites where they can conduct surveys and ask questions.