RE

RE Curriculum Leader: Mrs A Milliken

Response to Covid-19

Due to the 2021 national lockdown, we taught RE lessons remotely. As the school opted to record/live teach all RE lessons, the long-term plan continued as planned during this time. Teachers however adapted the task or activity set each week so that this could be carried out easily at home or in school.

Here are some examples of the wonderful home learning that took place during this time.

In Reception during lockdown, the children explored stories from the Old Testament that Jesus heard.

In Year one during lockdown, the children learnt about some of the miracles that Jesus performed.

In Year two during lockdown, the children learnt about Jesus, a friend to everyone. They listened to the story of Bartimaeus and then wrote letters of thanks to Jesus.

In Year three duirng lockdown, the children learnt about how Jesus changed peoples lives.

In Year four during lockdown, the children learnt about Jesus, the son of God. This particular work was looking at the baptism of Jesus.

In Year five duirng lockdown, the children explored the stories that Jesus told.

In Year six duirng lockdown, the children learnt about pilgrimages and objects that take along their journey.

Intent:

It is the intent of RE Curriculum for children to learn about the Christian Faith and that of Other World Faiths so that they have a good understanding, appreciation and respect of the principles, practices and lifestyles within these faiths.

It is also the intent of the RE Curriculum to allow children to develop their own religious beliefs, values and ideals in the light of their learning and own experiences.

In addition, the school aims to aid the children’s spiritual journey via the teaching and promotion of Prayer, Reflection, Worship and via the embedding of the 7 Christian Values:

Our school vision is:

‘For every child to reach their potential and live life in all its fullness.’  John 10:10

When speaking to the children, staff and governors, here are some of their understandings of what this vision means to them:

“Living Life in all its fullness means to me, letting God into your life and allowing him to guide you so that you can be happy, healthy and lead a good life.” (Year 6 Pupil)

“Life in all it’s fullness to mean to be thankful for the world that God has given us and to make the most of this world and the opportunities it presents to us.” (Class Teacher) 

“Living Life in all its fullness is important because it teaches our children to embrace life, try new experiences, to open up and let people and God into their world so that they are complete in everything they do.” (School Governor).

Implementation:

RE is taught for one hour each week in every year group from Reception to Year 6.

The Scheme of Work followed has been taken from a combination of  agreed schemes by the Manchester Diocese as follows:

  • The Blackburn Diocese Questful R.E

  • The Understanding Christianity Scheme of Work

  • The Wigan Agreed RE Syllabus

The curriculum is based on teaching 60% Christianity and 40% of other faiths.

The children complete their work in individual books aswell as having a Whole Class RE Floor Book which they work in when completing group work.

Below is a copy of the RE Long Term Plan.

Each unit is based on a three-tier progression model of:

  • Making Sense of the Text: Developing pupils’ skills of reading and interpretation; understanding how Christians interpret, handle and use biblical texts; making sense of the meanings of texts for Christians.

  • Understanding the Impact: Examining ways in which Christians respond to biblical texts and teachings, and how they put their beliefs into action in diverse ways within the Christian community and in the world.

  • Making Connections: Evaluating, reflecting on and connecting the texts and concepts studied, and discerning possible connections between these and pupils’ own lives and ways of understanding the world.

Therefore, as the children work through each unit their understanding becomes deeper and more meaningful as they are challenged to connect what they are learning with their own belief.

In addition to the weekly RE lesson, the children also engage daily worship and have free access to the reflection areas in classrooms and around the school.

Impact:

The intended impact of the RE Curriculum is that the majority of children in each year group are working at or above the expected level for their age.

In addition, it is the intended impact that the children:

  • are inspired by the RE Curriculum and want to learn more.

  • show the progression in their skills of Making Sense of the Text, Understanding the Impact and Making Connections.

  • can discuss their learning and remember what they have learnt.

  • can identify different stories from the Bible and place them on the Christianity Timeline and be able to talk about the learning that can be taken from each story.

  • talk about the 8 concepts of the Understanding Christianity Timeline.

Additional Learning:

Understanding Christianity – During their time in school, the children will learn about the timeline of Christianity and develop the skill of placing different Biblical stories in the correct order on the timeline.

God,Creation, The Fall, People of God, Salvation, Gospel, Incarnation & Kingdom of God

The Holy Trinity:

The teaching of the Holy Trinity is an important aspect of the RE Curriculum and this is re-visited during Collective Worship each term.

Eucharist:

In order to allow the children the opportunity to experience a Eucharist, each term the children in KS2 take part in a Eucharist at either the church or school led by Reverend Tracy Marshall or Reg Sinclair.

RE Gallery:

Below are a series of videos which show the work that the children have carried out in each year group during 2020 – 2021. We hope you enjoy looking at all of the amazing work.

Year 6:

Year 6 Learning Log Photographs:

Year 5:

Year 5 Learning Log Photographs:

Year 4:

Year 4 Learning Log Photographs:

Year 3:

Year 3 Learning Log Photographs:

 

Year 2:

Year 2 Learning Log Photographs:

Year 1:

Year 1 Learning Log Photographs:

Reception:

Additional RE Gallery:

Learning about the Christian Faith.

The Lord’s Prayer

At the end of worship each day, the children say The Lord’s Prayer collectively.

Pupil Voice:

In a recent pupil voice, the children spoke about R.E in a positive way and had a good understanding of the curriculum and the stories from the Bible.

“I enjoyed learning about the Holy Trinity and the Christian celebrations.””I like the calming music and using the reflection area.”

“It is interesting learning about other religions and I like it when other children share their faith.”

“I enjoyed our church visit in Year 3. It was interesting to visit the church.”

“My favourite aspect of RE is listening to stories from the Bible and re-telling these. I also like learning the message that the story gives.”

Useful Websites:

 

 

 

Staff Training:

(In order of most recent)

November 2019: RE Hub Network Meeting

October 2019: SIAMS Health Check Day

June 2019: Headteacher Church of England Diocesan Meeting

March 2019: RE Hub Network Meeting

November 2018: Headteacher Church of England Diocesan Meeting

October 2018:  SIAMS Inspection Training

September 2018: Consortium RE Subject Leader Meeting – Moderation

July 2018: Staff Meeting – Launching the New RE Curriculum & Understanding Christianity

July 2018: Mrs A Milliken & Mrs E Holden – Understanding Christianity Part 2

March 2018: Mrs Milliken – RE Network Meeting

February 2018: Understanding Christianity Part 1

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