The intent – the aims for R.E
We use the Cornwall agreed syllabus, which was launched in 2020.
The purpose of RE is captured in the principal aim, which is: to explore what people believe and what difference this makes to how they live, so that pupils can gain the knowledge, understanding and skills needed to handle questions raised by religion and belief, reflecting on their own ideas and ways of living.
The curriculum for RE aims to ensure that all pupils:
1. Make sense of a range of religious and non-religious beliefs.
2. Understand the impact and significance of religious and non-religious beliefs.
3. Make connections between religious and non-religious beliefs, concepts, practices and ideas studied.
Implementation - The RE teaching and learning approach
The RE taught will deepen pupils’ knowledge about religions and develop their ‘religious literacy’. It does this by studying one religion at a time (‘systematic’ units), and then including ‘thematic’ units, which build on learning by comparing the religions, beliefs and practices studied.
Pupils encounter core concepts in religions and beliefs in a coherent way, developing their understanding and their ability to handle questions of religion and belief.
The teaching and learning approach has three core elements, which are woven together to provide breadth and balance within teaching and learning about religions and beliefs, underpinning the aims of RE. Teaching and learning in the classroom will encompass all three elements, allowing for overlap between elements as suits the religion, concept and question being explored.
These elements set the context for open exploration of religion and belief.
They offer a structure through which pupils can encounter diverse religious traditions alongside non-religious worldviews. The elements present a broad and flexible strategy that allows for different traditions to be treated with integrity. These elements offer a route through each unit while also allowing for a range of different approaches.
Impact - assessment of learning
The children demonstrate progression in their understanding which is evidenced through pupil conversations, lesson visits and book monitoring. It is an academic subject and is assessed accordingly. Summative assessment takes place each half term and under a list of expected outcomes for a unit, teachers indicate whether a child is working towards, at expected or exceeding age-related expectations. The data gathered is used by the class teacher to ensure that each pupil is set work that is appropriately challenging and is also monitored by the R.E. co-ordinator. Less able and vulnerable pupils are able to access RE and make progress in line with their peers.
about stories. Children will be introduced to subject-specific words and use all their senses to explore beliefs, practices and forms of expression. They will ask questions and reflect on their own feelings
and experiences. They will use their imagination and curiosity to develop their appreciation of, and wonder at, the world in which they live.