At St Christopher's we believe that the teaching of Religious Education is vital for enabling individuals to SHINE. RE contributes to our children’s development; further empowering them to become tolerant, understanding citizens, who live out the British Values and who are spiritually, morally, socially and culturally literate. We believe that our children should also be able to display religious and theologically literacy. Our RE curriculum contributes to all of these essential elements of knowledge, concepts and qualities.
Our intent is that our curriculum is ambitious for all pupils. We use the 'Understanding Christianity' resource alongside the 'Discovery RE' scheme. It is coherently planned and sequenced including a balanced mixture of Christianity (50%) and world religions (Hinduism, Islam, Sikhism and Judaism with some Buddhism). Our RE curriculum is successfully adapted, designed and developed for pupils with special educational needs and/or disabilities by the teacher as necessary. It is a curriculum that is broad, balanced and inclusive for all pupils.
As a school, we intend that Religious Education will adopt an enquiry- based approach as recommended by Ofsted. We being each unit with a 'Big question' which promotes deep thinking and challenge.
Implementation - Progression of Skills
Children at St Christopher's enjoy learning about RE.
“I love it because it’s nice to connect to God.”
“I like to learn about God.”
“I like it because you learn about God in the olden days.”
The ‘line of pictures’ helps some children learn, along with the displays, learning partners and busy time activities.
When asked about how Christian values, children said:
“We are Christians and it’s important to learn about the values.”
“Anyone can say they’re a Christian but you need to show it by actions.”
Our class displays and prayer spaces.
Religious Education in Church of England Schools A Statement of Entitlement
At St Christopher's we use Target Tracker, Religious Education, to assess children's knowledge and attainment for years one through to six.
In EYFS, children are assessed under the EYFS Profile, Understanding the World, People, Community and Culture.