We believe that high-quality RE lessons ensure our children grow to become tolerant and respectful citizens, who appreciate that everybody encompasses their own set of beliefs and values and that these may differ from their own. Through our RE curriculum we provide opportunities to develop children’s knowledge and understanding of world religions and reflect on the questions that they provoke.
The aims of religion education are to develop pupils’ knowledge and understanding of Christianity and other religions and consider how the beliefs of others impact on their lives and the lives of others. Our bespoke curriculum encourages children to ask and reflect on challenging questions and provides opportunities for personal reflection where children can explore their own beliefs and opinions (not necessarily religious) in a safe and supportive environment. It also encourages children to appreciate and respect the different cultures and diversity of modern society.
Teachers use long term planning from the Durham Agreed Syllabus which focusses on the world religions most prevalent to our local area. As part of this planning process, the knowledge, skills and vocabulary all children must master are taken into account with reference to Chris Quigley’s ‘Essentials Curriculum’. Long term plans ensure that there is progression throughout the school and that the children are building upon knowledge gained in previous years. Teaching in Key Stage 1 largely focuses on Christianity and the traditions that go with it. This ensures the children are equipped with a solid understanding of one religion before they are introduced to others; meaning that as they progress through school, they have a set of beliefs and values to refer to as they encounter more religions.
The children are introduced to the skill of reflection which is the skill that underpins religious education at our school. Throughout the rest of their journey through school the children continue their study of Christianity and are introduced to various world religions including; Buddhism, Islam, Hinduism and Judaism. They are also taught about other thematic concepts such as how people use ritual in their lives, how they care for each other and how those with a religious faith care for the environment. Where possible, teaching is supplemented with trips to places of worship or visits from people from religious communities.
Our RE Curriculum is high quality, well thought out and is planned to demonstrate progression. By the end of Key Stage 2, children who demonstrate a solid understanding of some of the beliefs and features of religion through RE concepts are deemed to be making good or better progress. In addition, we measure the impact of our curriculum through the following methods: a reflection on standards achieved against the planned outcomes; a celebration of learning in RE based on religious festivals which demonstrates progression across the school and appreciation for its significance in current world matters; pupil discussions about their learning, which includes discussion of their thoughts, ideas, and opinions surrounding RE.
By the end of the academic year 19/20 we would expect the children to be able to clearly identify and explain the variety of objectives that they will have been exposed to over the course of the year – this should include knowledge about national and international issues and how they may affect the local community in the future.
Assessment will be completed by class teachers based on evidence in books and recordings on Earwig. The subject leader will moderate assessments to ensure judgements are accurate.
All year groups follow the Chris Quigley’s ‘Essentials Curriculum’.