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Subject Leader: Miss J Martyn

Religious Education at King’s Meadow Academy


School Standards and Framework Act 1998 Local Agreed syllabus (Schedule 19)

Community schools and any foundation and voluntary schools without a religious character are required to ‘give provision for religious education in accordance with an agreed syllabus’. This local Agreed Syllabus is determined by the SACRE (Standing Advisory Council for Religious Education) in your area and is statutory. Many SACRE’s use the non-statutory document A curriculum framework for Religious Education in England as the framework upon which their Agreed Syllabi are developed.


Kapow follow the Curriculum Framework for RE.  Because our scheme of work fulfils the requirements of the Curriculum Framework, upon which many SACRE’s build their Locally Agreed Syllabus (LAS), then it is likely that by following our RE curriculum, your school will also be meeting the requirements laid out in your LAS.




We follow the ‘Kapow Primary’ scheme of work.


In line with government guidance and Census 2021 information, the Kapow curriculum reflects that the UK’s religious tradition is, in the main, Christian, with each year group having at least one unit specifically focusing on Christian concepts, beliefs and practices and these being linked to and contrasted with other religions and worldviews across the thematic units. The scheme also covers the principle organised worldviews represented in Great Britain.

Planning also encourages teachers to include locally presented religions where possible and includes non-religious worldviews.


Kapow Primary’s Religion and worldviews scheme of work has been designed as a spiral curriculum with the
following key principles in mind:


Cyclical: In each unit, pupils develop disciplinary, substantive and personal knowledge building on these through the study of concepts and religious & non-religious worldviews.

Increasing depth: Each time a concept, religion or worldview is revisited, it is covered with greater complexity and in varying contexts. Progression within units and between year groups includes:
○ studying teachings, beliefs, practices and experiences in more detail.
○ moving from local to national and then global contexts.
○ making and explaining more, increasing subtle links.
○ identifying and discussing diversity within and between religions and worldviews.
○ grappling with increasingly complex and sometimes controversial ideas (including through our big questions).
Prior knowledge: Upon returning to each concept, religion or worldview pupils use prior knowledge to build on
previous foundations, rather than starting again.


Religion and worldviews

The Kapow Primary curriculum is based on a Religion and Worldviews approach. This approach focuses on religion and worldviews as personal and
diverse. It aims to reflect the changing nature of religion and worldviews in modern Britain and help children to understand that religion and worldviews
are a lived experience for people and communities. Children should become increasingly reflective about their own worldview and how it is influenced.


Which worldviews will be covered?


Disciplinary knowledge (ways of knowing) Pupils gain knowledge of the different methods and processes that are used to make sense of religion. These are methods used in various academic disciplines such as History, Philosophy, Theology and Sociology.


Substantive knowledge (knowing about) Substantive knowledge is carefully planned to build understanding of concepts across four key themes: beliefs; wisdom and morality; practices and community and belonging. Children explore these concepts through an enquiry cycle in each unit and through a range of disciplinary processes. They will have opportunities to learn how the concepts apply to different religions and worldviews to build a progressively deeper understanding.


Personal knowledge (knowing yourself) As children develop their knowledge and understanding of a range of religions and worldviews, they will naturally begin to share their own thoughts about what they learn. They are
encouraged to develop, recognise and express their own personal worldviews and develop an understanding of how these are formed when asked to respond to ‘big questions.’


What concepts are covered?

The Kapow Primary scheme builds children’s knowledge of religious concepts through combining substantive, disciplinary and personal knowledge in an enquiry based approach. These concepts are grouped into four key concepts areas: beliefs, practices, wisdom and morality, and community and belonging. Within each key concept area, specific concepts are covered progressively as children move through the scheme.




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