At Coldean Primary we deliver a Religious Education curriculum that is accessible to all and that will maximise the outcomes for every child so that they develop their knowledge and understanding about a range of religions.
As a result of this, they will become independent and responsible members of society who understand and explore big questions about life. They will learn about different beliefs, why people worship in the way they do and what difference this makes to how they live. This will help them to make sense of religion, reflect on their own ideas and ways of living.
We provide our children with opportunities to learn about and from religions and worldviews in local, national and global contexts, to discover, explore and consider different answers to questions. They will be equipped with systematic knowledge and understanding of a range of religions and world views, enabling them to develop their ideas, values and identities.
We offer a broad curriculum that encourages respect, tolerance and understanding of different faiths.
Our RE curriculum follows the agreed Brighton and Hove syllabus for RE, in line with the National Curriculum. Our sequence of learning focuses on the religions that reflect the children and families within our school community. This ensures a more personal, meaningful and purposeful curriculum.
EYFS & KS1
Children are introduced to Religious Education in the Early Years through learning about celebrations and festivals. This links with the Early Learning Goals comparing similarities and differences between themselves and other people in the community. Children have the opportunity to retell stories they have heard through role-play and small world within the classroom environments. Early Years Practitioners use observation to assess children’s understanding of celebrations and festivals through conversations with the children and how these are linked to their own lives and family circumstances. Tapestry is used to capture these learning experiences.
Further up the school in Key Stages 1 and 2, we provide a challenging and robust curriculum based upon the Discovery RE Scheme of Work that adheres to the agreed Brighton and Hove syllabus for Religious Education.
Clearly defined success criteria are identified for the end of each year, as evidenced on our 'RE Roadmap', Successive years build on key knowledge, skills and understanding. Finer detail of the precise knowledge, skills and understanding through the school is captured on our RE ‘Progression Map’ with its clearly defined endpoints for each year group.
Teachers are creative and experienced in adapting the suggested plans to meet the needs and interests of their class and to ensure lessons are practical with the opportunity to explore a range of sources including artefacts, websites and texts. The Discovery Scheme of work is an enquiry-based model which year upon year builds upon children’s knowledge and critical thinking skills.
Each topic or theme poses a key question for enquiry which demands an answer that weighs up ‘evidence’ (subject knowledge) and reaches a conclusion based on this.
This necessitates children using their subject knowledge and applying it to the enquiry question, rather than this knowledge being an end in itself. Discovery RE focuses on critical thinking skills, on personal reflection into the child’s own thoughts and feelings, on growing subject knowledge and nurturing spiritual development.
Teachers have access to an online community that supports planning and subject knowledge. The Community Area provides a bank of creative ideas coupled with appropriately challenging higher-order-thinking questions and discussion activities, including “Background Knowledge” information sheets which enhance each enquiry. These support teachers to feel more confident in their own subject knowledge, which in turn allows them to extend the learning of the children, particularly those working at greater depth.
Primary children are assessed in their understanding of different religions – beliefs, practices and worship (AT1) and also their ability to engage with questions and express their beliefs in response to this (AT2).
In Key Stage 1, this will take the form of a double page spread that will capture their understanding of either the Christianity they have learnt or one other religion.
In Key Stage 2, the double page spread will show knowledge and understanding of both a topic in Christianity and one other religion studied as set out in the Discovery Scheme of Work.
Religious Education subject leaders will review these pages as well as using pupil voice and conferencing to understand children’s knowledge. This will also ensure continuity and progression through the school.
Our Religious Education curriculum should ensure that children leave Coldean:
Training, planning and teaching our Religious Education curriculum should ensure: