Why we teach your child religion:
Our aim is to provide an enriching RE curriculum which guides our pupils spiritual, moral and cultural compass in the community. To ensure depth, we teach the principles and practices of the world's major faiths. We continually encourage our children to explore and discuss shared and different practices, whilst also reflecting on their individual faith, identity and belonging in the community. Throughout their learning in R.E. lessons, we aim for children to have a secure understanding that we live in a multi-faith society and encourage acceptance and appreciation of such diversity.
What our curriculum looks like:
Our Religious Education curriculum is holistic, and this starts right from Nursery. Using the content from our recommended local authority scheme and the Early Years Framework we have carefully sequenced our religion curriculum so children learn in a logical step by step manner.
In religion we have six big ideas (faith, worship, rituals, connections, symbolism and community) and our curriculum is sequenced so children’s schemata can grow through the connection of new knowledge with previous knowledge.
We have carefully mapped our curriculum, carefully considering some of the following:
- Is the curriculum planned in accessible step-by-step manner so children can build on previous learning?
- Are we enabling children to remember what is most important?
- How does teaching in the Early Years introduce pupils to the study of religion?
- At the end of year 6, do children have wide breadth of knowledge of religion and non-religious concepts?
- Do children have meaningful visits to places of worship? Do outcomes of trips demonstrate understanding of the curriculum?
- How does the curriculum provide pupils with the capacity to make sense of religion and views held by communities around the world?
Our RE curriculum long-term plan can be found below:
Click here for our RE curriculum overview
This is underpinned by a medium-term plan which sets out the core knowledge and skills children will be learning in their learning.
Each unit of learning begins with a ‘thinking square’, which assesses the existing knowledge and misconceptions children may have against the core knowledge they need to learn. This then supports and informs the teaching of that unit. At the end of each unit, children will revisit this thinking square to build on existing knowledge and apply what they have learnt. Additionally, children will complete a ‘conceptual’ question which challenges them to apply their new learning in a more open religious context – this supports children to retain what they have learnt.