Religious Education (RE) at St Christopher’s

 

Curriculum Intent

St Christopher’s RE curriculum follows the Discovery Scheme where the children engage with their own and other faiths through an enquiry questioning approach: a key question being explored in six lesson blocks.

There are opportunities in each enquiry for spiritual moral social and cultural development. It is hoped that through the RE curriculum, the children not only attain knowledge of faiths but also an understanding which can lead to tolerance and respect for others and their beliefs. The RE curriculum does not teach children to passively accept, but rather encourages evaluation and critical thinking, equipping them to consider belief positions they encounter in the context of British values. In addition to this each enquiry gives opportunities for mindfulness; cultivating a sense of awareness on purpose, in a non-judgemental way in the present moment. In addition, the RE curriculum hopes to build children’s self-awareness and skills of reflection, thus supporting their overall learning as well as their personal spiritual development.

 

Implementation

 

RE teaching and learning is good in our school when:

  • Pupils begin topics with their own personal resonance or reflections.
  • There are opportunities to explore discuss and touch objects and artefacts from different religions.
  • Visitors of different faiths discuss their beliefs and engage in question-and answer sessions.
  • Pupils know stories and key messages that Jesus taught.
  • Pupils learn new knowledge and understanding about the question and faith studied.
  • Children can evaluate their learning and provide critical thinking in relation to the enquiry question.

 

Christmas and Easter are given new treatment each year, developing the learning in a progressive way. Buddhism, Hinduism, Islam, Judaism and Sikhism are also covered. Humanist perspectives are added when appropriate in some enquiries.

 

In our books you will see:

  • A question for each six weeks
  • Pupil reflections on their prior knowledge and at the end of the enquiry on their learning
  • Retelling of key stories and messages
  • Key facts/features of the faith’s studies
  • Evidence of visitors and exploration of artefacts and stories

 

Tracking Attainment and Progress

  • As a school each half term the class looks at answering a key question. This Question is displayed in the classrooms.
  • Each block will also have an assessment sheet at the beginning of half term.
  • In KS2 the children will consider where they are at the beginning of the topic with regards to the three age related descriptors for each enquiry in each year group coloured coded strands:
    • Green: personal resonance with or reflection on…
    • Blue: knowledge and understanding of…
    • Red: evaluation/critical thinking in relation to the enquiry question
  • At the end of each unit a colour coded assessment activity allows the children and teacher to reflect and assess their learning.