How do we teach Religious Education at Abbeyfield?

The National Curriculum

The national curriculum for RE aims to ensure all pupils:

  • Describe and make connections between different features and religions and worldviews. Discover more about celebrations, worship, pilgrimages and rituals which mark important points in life, in order to reflect on their own ideas.
  • Describe and understand links between stories and other aspects of the communities they are investigating, responding thoughtfully to a range of sources of wisdom and to beliefs and teachings that arise from them in different communities.
  • Explore and describe a range of beliefs, symbols and actions so that they can understand different ways of life and ways of expressing meaning.
  • Observe and understand varied examples of religions and worldviews so that they can explain, with reasons, their meanings and significance to individuals and communities.
  • Understand the challenges of commitment to a community of faith or belief, suggesting why belonging to a community may be valuable, both in diverse communities being studied and in their own lives.
  • Observe and consider different dimensions of religion, so that they can explore and show understanding of similarities and differences between different religions and worldviews.
  • Discuss and present their own and others’ views on challenging questions about belonging, meaning, purpose and truth, applying ideas of their own thoughtfully in different forms including: reasoning, music, art and poetry.
  • Consider and apply ideas about ways in which diverse communities can live together for the well-being of all, responding thoughtfully to ideas about community, values and respect.
  • Discuss and apply their own and others’ ideas about ethical questions, including ideas about what is right and wrong and what is fair and express their own ideas clearly in response.

Intent

The RE curriculum at Abbeyfield Primary Academy is taught in a stimulating, interesting and enjoyable way which encourages the children to learn, enquire and evaluate the fundamental questions of life.

Pupils are encouraged to appreciate different religions, beliefs, viewpoints and cultures and develop their own views through enquiry, questioning and investigation.

British values are supported by the teaching of concepts of: democracy, the rule of law, individual liberty, mutual tolerance and respectful attitudes.

Implementation

The curriculum is planned to build pupils’ skills and knowledge systematically in order to ensure they develop a good understanding of key  concepts whilst engaging in fun and creative units of work. We use the Discovery RE scheme of work.

Children have a weekly RE lesson which is supplemented with daily ‘Thought for the Day’ sessions.

Impact

Outcomes are measured through work completed in RE book and through class discussions. Children are encouraged throughout sessions to discuss their own ideas, thoughts, feelings and views on a range of topics.

Curriculum Overview

We have then used these strands to map out our curriculum overview.