RE

RE Curriculum Leader: Mrs A Milliken

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:

Early Years:

In Early Years, the children engage in a weekly RE lesson as well daily Worship. In their classroom, they have a Reflection Area which they are taught to use and throughout the year they listen to and talk about a range of different Bible stories.

The most relevant statements for RE with regard to the children’s knowledge and skills are in the following areas:

·         Personal, Social and Emotional Development

·         Understanding the World

3 & 4 Year Olds
Personal, Social and Emotional Development
Develop their sense of responsibility and membership of a community.
Understanding the World
 Continue to develop positive attitudes about the differences between people.
Reception
Personal, Social and Emotional Development
See themselves as a valuable individual.
Think about the perspectives of others.
Understanding the World
Talk about members of their immediate family and community.
Name and describe people who are familiar to them.
Understand that some places are special to members of their community.
Recognise that people have different beliefs and celebrate special times in different ways.
ELG
Personal, Social and Emotional Development
Building Relationships
Show sensitivity to their own and others’ needs.
Understanding the World
Past and Present
 Talk about the lives of the people around them and their roles in society.
Understand the past through settings, characters and events encountered in books read in class and storytelling.
Understanding the World
People and Communities
 Know some similarities and differences between different religious and cultural communities in this country, drawing on their experiences and what has been read in class.

Years 1 to 6:

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 as well 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:

Below is a copy of the progression in skills and knowledge for RE from Year 1 to Year 6:

Below is a copy of the RE medium term plans for each year group:

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.

The above impact will be assessed in a number of different ways throughout each year:

  • At the end of each unit, the teacher will carry out assessments linked to the Medium Term Plan objectives. A best fit level will then be given at the end of the as an overall level of learning. This levelling will be graded as set out in the school’s Assessment Policy – Below (Not Accessing the Curriculum), Working Towards, Expected or Exceeding.

  • The pace of learning will be viewed via RE Books and linked to the Medium Term Plan objectives.

  • Learning Walks will be carried out to assess the quality of teaching and learning being delivered.

  • Pupil voice sessions will assess how much knowledge the children are retaining overtime and able to recall when asked. These sessions will focus on asking the children questions about the learning that is documented in their RE Books. During Curriculum Governor Days, the children will also be asked about their learning in reference to their RE Books and Medium Term Plans.

  • A curriculum audit will be carried out annually, where the RE Curriculum Leader will evaluate the strengths and areas for further improvement.

  • Photographic and video evidence to highlight areas covered will show on the school blog.

  • RE & Reflection displays will be evident in class.

  • Each class will have a floor book, which will be looked at each term.

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.

Our School Value this half term is: TRUTHFULNESS

RE Gallery 2021-2022

Below shows some of the work that the children have carried out this year. We hope you enjoy looking at all of their amazing work.

YEAR 5: Jesus

Year 5 looked at all the ways that Jesus taught people, such as through stories (parables), prayer, repetition and His miracles.

YEAR 3: God the Son, God the Holy Spirit

Year 3 had lots of discussion about how God came to Earth in human form and how he is now around us as a Holy Spirit.

RECEPTION: Diwali.

The Reception children have been exploring the festival of Diwali. We have learnt how people celebrate Diwali and read the story of Rama and Sita to find out why Diwali is celebrated in the way it is. After that, we sequenced the events from the story and re-told it in different ways. In Maths, we have been deepening our understanding of 2D shapes, particularly circles and triangles and have linked this work to the patterns and shapes we could see in Rangoli patterns. We have made our own Rangoli pattern using different shapes and then made Rangoli decorations. We also practised working collaboratively by making a class Rangoli pattern from coloured sand. After exploring this festival of lights, we learnt how to make a thumb pot out of clay before turning it into a Diya holder.

Response to Covid-19:

During the 2021 national lockdown (January 2021 – March 2021), RE lessons were 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 during 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 during lockdown, the children explored the stories that Jesus told.

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

RE Gallery:

Below are a series of videos which shows you some of  the RE that the children complete in each year group. 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:

March 2022: RE Subject Leader Review

January 2022: RE Health Check

October 2021: Staff RE Book Flick

September 2021: Staff INSET – Looking at the RE Curriculum

April 2021: RE Network Meeting – Zoom

October 2020: RE Network Meeting – Zoom

July 2020: SIAMS Update Course

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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