RE – curriculum information

Intent:

RE at Stoneferry Primary can be taught through a topic based, a stand-alone lesson or a themed day approach. It is our intent for RE in our school curriculum to engage, inspire and challenge pupils, equipping them with the knowledge and skills to explore the different religious beliefs and world views that are followed in our multi-cultural society. We also want our learners to develop the ability to make reasoned and informed judgements about religious and moral issues and enhance their spiritual, moral, social and cultural development through the curriculum.

We have adopted the Hull and East Riding Agreed Syllabus for RE and use the accompanying Units of Learning. The syllabus has three Statutory Areas of Understanding and these are the same for both Key Stages.

  • Beliefs and Practices
  • Identity and Values
  • Meaning and Purpose

Our curriculum for RE aims to build on previous learning and as our learners move through the school the teaching of progressive skills ensures that RE learning is embedded. We ensure that religious literacy is developed through encouraging our learners to appreciate and understand the beliefs and world views that are held within our religiously diverse society and to develop their understanding of the influence these beliefs and values have on individuals and communities alike.

Implementation:

Our curriculum aims to introduce learners to different ways to enquire about world religions and worldviews through using the idea of an ‘about believing’ lens (theological), and ‘about living’ lens (social sciences) and a ‘thinking about’ lens (philosophical). This ensures learners have the opportunity to explore religions and worldviews through a balance of beliefs, ways of living and thoughtful, deep questions.

Each unit within our curriculum uses an enquiry approach to learning, drawing upon prior knowledge, skills and understanding. The topics studied will be taught in a deeper way, using a multi-disciplinary approach in order to pay attention to the big ideas which underpin learning.

In Key Stage One the children’s RE knowledge will mainly focus upon Christianity and Judaism. In Key Stage Two the pupils will continue to learn about these religions alongside those of Hinduism, Sikhism and Islam in some depth. There will also be the opportunity for other religions and world views to be referenced where appropriate.

There should be a balance of teaching of the two attainment targets which direct the children to ‘learn about’ (Knowledge and Understanding) and ‘learn from’ (Reflection and Response), religions or other world views.

Within the Early Years, RE will encourage the learner’s natural curiosity of the world around them and will have the opportunity to begin to explore the world of religion. They will be introduced to festivals from key religions and cultures. They will look at some elements of these such as important figures, places of worship, sacred books and stories, customs and routines. They will begin to think about their own culture and/ or religion and know there are similarities and differences between individuals, families and communities.

All children have access to the RE curriculum with work being tailored appropriately for children with SEND. Children will learn through similar activities, with final outcomes modified to suit all needs.

The ‘Right of Withdrawal’ from some or all parts of the RE curriculum is discussed sensitively with parents if the need arises.

Units of work will have features in common:

  • Early discussions with pupils about what they will be learning and what they have been taught in previous year groups, to show how this builds upon their previous learning.
  • Relevant new knowledge.
  • Specific key vocabulary and its meaning.
  • Opportunities for the children to work interactively, using other curriculum areas e.g music, drama, English and art.

Work recorded in Theme Books and evidenced in a variety of ways artwork, photograph, extended    piece of writing etc.

  • Individual reflection on the learning.

Impact:

The impact of learning in RE is measured through the use of Big Questions which demonstrates what has been understood in the unit. This is informed by the statutory End of Key Stage Expectations which describe the knowledge, skills and understanding which is expected of a pupil who has a secure understanding of what has been taught. Where learning is not secure, additional learning takes place to address this. RE standards are monitored through the use of FLIC which records attainment against year group objectives.

Overall, RE lessons should enrich the experiences of our children and they should be able to discuss their knowledge and understanding of some religions and world views sensitively as a result.

Further information:

  • Curriculum progression documents

What is your favourite subject and why? - "I love P.E. because I am a real sports person and enjoy being creative."

Pupil Voice

What is your favourite subject and why? - "Maths because I love numbers and adding."

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What is your favourite subject and why? "Art because it calms me down and it’s great fun."

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What is your favourite subject and why? "English because I love writing stories and poems."

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What is your favourite subject and why? "Topic and Art are my favourite lessons because they push me to my limits and are fun."

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What is your favourite subject and why? "Art because I like drawing and sometimes my work goes on the wall."

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What is the best thing you have done in school? "I love the school trips and when we go to the church to sing."

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What is the best thing you have done in school? "I enjoy the school trips to the museum so I can learn."

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What is the best thing you have done in school? "I really enjoy playing for the school football team."

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What is the best thing you have done in school? "Everything. I enjoy every single second of school."

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What is the best thing you have done in school? "The best thing I’ve done at school was going to William’s Den and building my own den."

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What do you like about the teachers? "They tell jokes and help us learn."

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What do you like about the teachers? "They are helpful and kind."

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What do you like about the teachers? "They make me feel safe."

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What would you say to a child who is worried about joining this school? "We will look after you and help you."

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What would you say to a child who is worried about joining this school? "Be yourself. It’s a great school and you’ll fit in."

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What would you say to a child who is worried about joining this school? "Stoneferry is a friendly school."

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