We believe that it is important that children develop a deep understanding of the theology that underpins religious practices, rather than a “pic n mix” approach to RE that focuses largely on what religious people do (Muslims pray 5 times a day, there’s a candle in a church) without understanding why. “Brushing over” a broad range of religions can lead to a confused view, a lack of understanding of world faiths and critical misconceptions.
What do we want our RE curriculum to achieve?
We have chosen to conduct deep study into two religions (Christianity and Islam) at KS1 and three at KS2 (Christianity, Islam and Hinduism.) Revisiting these religions each year helps children to deepen their understanding of the key concepts attached to each religion and broaden their understanding of the ways in which religious people reflect these concepts in their day to day life.
Each faith is taught through a balanced approach whereby children are taught:
Teachers begin each single faith unit by introducing or recapping the “Big Story” documents, which put the key concepts and beliefs in the context of the bigger picture.
A typical sequence of learning for a single faith unit is shown in the diagram below.
Once children have a solid understanding of each faith in isolation, only then do we begin to compare and contrast faiths or investigate where a similar concept appears across more than one faith to avoid a confused view of world religions.
The sequencing of units for a single year group over the school year focuses on enabling children to make progress by building on knowledge and concepts, rather than fitting units to the church calendar or timings of religious festivals.
What do we want our children to become as a result of the RE curriculum?
What do we believe is right for our children to learn from the study of RE?
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