Subject Leader: Miss S Wilde
At Milton Primary Academy, our RE curriculum inspires and challenges pupils, equipping them with the knowledge and understanding that is central to living a prosperous, inclusive and inspiring life. It is our vision to enable children to become respectful citizens in a culturally diverse society and wider world. It is therefore essential that we also allow them to become confident in their core knowledge of worldviews, which not only shape our shared history and culture, but which guide their development. Fundamentally, our vision is to develop and stimulate the children’s interest in RE, allowing them to express themselves in a variety of ways.
We use the Discovery RE scheme to support our RE learning; it is mapped against the agreed syllabus for Stoke-On-Trent and is aligned to the non-statutory guidance available to schools and academies.
Discovery RE brings together learning about and from religion, questioning and spiritual development in a comprehensive scheme of learning. Teaching strategies are varied and are mindful of preferred learning styles and the need for differentiation. Each enquiry starts from the children’s own life experiences, using these as a bridge into the investigation of the religion being studied. Learning is assessed and children have opportunities to express their own thoughts and beliefs and empathise with believers of that religion or belief position. Discovery RE is taught discretely in each year group.
The Religious Education in English Schools (Non-Statutory Guidance) aims to ensure that all pupils play a full part in their learning of RE:
With this in mind, our programme of study for RE is derived from Discovery RE, and this clearly sets out which religion and key question will be taught and learnt at each point in the year for all groups. Each year group learns about Christianity and at least one other religion each year, whilst there is a focus on key themes throughout. During this process, pupils are also encouraged to make comparisons between the different religions, as well as to themselves as an individual.
Children are assessed over three aspects of learning:
During RE lessons, teachers are encouraged to assess the knowledge, learning and understanding of each of their pupils. This is primarily done through the use of questioning and the activities that have been planned by the teacher.
Each term, teachers also make a summative judgement relating to a child’s knowledge and understanding of the RE that has been taught during lessons. This is recorded on the academy’s tracking system, therefore enabling us to ensure that all learners are achieving highly by making good or better progress.