Our INTENT in the RE curriculum:
Through the teaching of religious education in our school we hope that our pupils will develop knowledge and understanding of the religions and beliefs which form part of contemporary society.
We aim to ask challenging questions about the ultimate meaning and purpose of life, beliefs about God, the self and the nature of reality, issues of right and wrong, and what it means to be human. It will develop our children's knowledge and understanding of Christianity, of other religions, other religious traditions and worldviews.
Our intent is that RE will contributes to pupils’ personal development and well-being and to community cohesion by promoting mutual respect and tolerance in a diverse society. It offers opportunities for personal reflection and spiritual development.
Our IMPLEMENTATION in the RE curriculum:
The main emphasis of RE in our school is on Christianity, as we are a Church of England Christian school. We are required to devote more time to the teaching of Christianity than to any other single religion and this is reflected in the amount of content specified for Christianity.
Our RE lessons are taught weekly. In EYFS and KS1 the children learn about different religions through topics such as 'Special Me' and 'Special Places'. In LKS2 (year 3 and 4) the children learnt about explicit religions and learn some of the beliefs, teachings, practices and ways of life that are central to that religion. They make connections between central themes across the different religions. In UKS2 (year 5 and 6) the pupils are taught RE through thematic teaching with a focus on exploring similarities and differences between religions through topics such as 'Founders of religions' and 'Creation accounts'.
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The IMPACT of our RE curriculum:
You will see the impact of our curriculum in the progress the children make across the whole school. By looking at the work in their books and by speaking to the pupils, their learning and achievement will be clear. The children are encouraged to ask and answer bigger thinking questions about religion and this often shows the depth of their understanding.
We assess the children in RE formally once a term and the results of this are given to the RE leader in school to monitor and analyse.