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Curriculum – RE

Religious Education is a foundation subject in the National Curriculum. Our school uses the objectives from The National Curriculum as a basis for planning RE alongside the Chris Quigley Essentials Curriculum, which exceeds new national curriculum expectations. Planning is progressive and skills are revisited from Years 1 to 6 to ensure children have deeper understanding of concepts and techniques. Knowledge, skills and understanding are progressively built upon through each of the areas of experience of Understand beliefs and teachings, Understand practices and lifestyles, Understand how beliefs are conveyed, Reflect and Understand values. Within each discipline this has been provided through gradually extending the breadth of content, increasing the depth of knowledge and understanding and focusing on improving the quality of responses and outcomes.

In the Foundation Stage RE can make an active contribution to:

  • Personal, social and emotional development
  • Communication, language and literacy
  • Knowledge and understanding of the world
  • Creative development

In Key Stage 1 children explore Christianity and Judaism. They learn about different beliefs about God and the world around them.

In Key Stage 2 children learn about Christianity and at least two other principle religions, identifying the impact of religion and belief locally, nationally and globally.

Teaching and Learning.

KS1- RE is taught on a weekly basis. Use of CQ essentials and The Emmanuel Project to ensure coverage of key skills. Key vocabulary is tapped and clapped and songs are incorporated into sessions which revisit key knowledge. Use of T-P-S to encourage discussion of previous knowledge and skills studied. Cross curricular links are maximised to support engagement and enjoyment of the subject including Art, Drama and Role-Play and iPads.

Lower KS2- Years 3 and 4 are taught on an alternate week basis.

Upper KS2- Years 5 and 6 are taught on an alternate week basis.

In teaching for all of KS2 use of The Emmanuel Project ensures coverage of key skills. Quizzes have been used to revisit key knowledge. Cross curricular links are used eg writing- own opinions/labelling/re-telling, art- illustrations/posters.

Chris Quigley Essentials Curriculum is used to inform Basic, Advancing and Deep Milestones (skills) that are measured against our Foundation Subject Assessment Grids.

Whole school RE themed days and projects are being implemented to allow individual year groups the chance to gain an insight into a Religion that is not in their termly plans.

Extra Curricular Learning Religious Education.

Whole school assemblies include coverage of a wide range of religions and entwine many religious festivals.

Children have the opportunities to join extra-curricular clubs within school which promote community and team work, developing skills such as tolerance and respect of others. Opportunities include sports clubs and gardening clubs, as well as cross school reading clubs.