Subject Leader: Miss J Martyn
At King’s Meadow Academy our Religious Education (R.E.) Curriculum is taught in line with the Wakefield Agreed Syllabus 2018.
The curriculum for R.E. aims to ensure that all pupils:
- Know about and understand a range of religions and worldviews.
- Express ideas and insights about the nature, significance and impact of religions and worldviews.
- Gain and deploy the skills needed to engage with religions and worldviews.
We encourage our children to develop tolerance and respect of others’ views whilst being secure in the knowledge that their own views, opinions and feelings will be valued.
Our children are taught to develop their knowledge and understanding of religions and worldviews, recognising their local, national and global contexts.
Children at King’s Meadow Academy are taught to use their subject specific language, to raise questions and begin to express their own views and questions in response to the religions and cultures that they are learning about.
Key Stage One (KS1) pupils are taught the knowledge, skills and understanding when learning about Christian, Muslim and Jewish people. Key Stage Two (KS2) pupils are taught the knowledge, skills and understanding when learning about Christian, Hindu and Muslim people. Children will also be exposed to other religions through themes and celebrations.
Children will learn about religions through first-hand experiences with artefacts, stories, religious buildings and visitors.
How is the subject taught?
R.E. is taught through discrete weekly lessons, as well as special themed days or weeks in Early Years Foundation Stage (EYFS), KS1 and KS2.
A term programme maps out the coverage of the discrete teaching and learning opportunities for children to develop their knowledge and interest in this subject.
Within each R.E lesson class teachers carefully plan the specific outcomes for their year group, based upon age the appropriate knowledge and skills that is expected in accordance with the Wakefield Agreed Syllabus 2018. Our teaching and learning opportunities allow all children to reflect on other religions and make comparison to their own lives.
New vocabulary is taught, with the key emphasis on common words and phrases relating to religions. Although we actively introduce and are ambitious with the language we use, we understand the importance of not over complicating this language with very young children, but ensuring underlying principles and meanings of the words are taught and understood.
Children are introduced to and reminded of key vocabulary. Questioning is used to check their understanding and prior knowledge, before new concepts or skills are introduced. Modelling is used by class teachers to clarify expectations. Children are then given plentiful opportunities to consolidate, build upon and apply basic skills and knowledge to tasks.
In R.E lessons we explain to children that they are learning to:
- Find out about different religions, faiths and beliefs.
- Accept and respect the thoughts, feelings and ideas of others.
- Compare religious practices.
- Compare the ideas, beliefs and religions of others to our own.
In addition to discrete teaching in R.E, learning about the backgrounds, cultures and beliefs of others permeates throughout our curriculum and is one of our key subject drivers in developing the ‘World Citizens’ side of our school curriculum. Through studying a range of people from the past and present, locally and globally, children are taught to challenge stereotypes connected to gender, wealth, disability, cultural and religious background and are educated that differences should be celebrated and are not a barrier to achievement or relationships.
Links with other subject areas, as well as our values approach, forms part of our overall ethos of celebrating diversity within school and ensures that elements of the R.E curriculum are accessed by children throughout the year.
How do we know that our children are making progress?
Ongoing assessments of the children’s knowledge and skills is observed by the class teacher.
Misconceptions related to religions are explored and addressed. Children’s outcomes are compared to the subject specific skills and knowledge documents. At the end of a block of discrete teaching (or term) subject leaders gather an overview of children’s outcomes in each subject area. This is used to plan appropriate next steps for their future learning, as well as provide an overview of learning within a subject area across the whole school.