What does RE look like now?
At Hambleton Primary Academy, our vision is that the teaching of RE provides opportunities to develop children’s knowledge not only of Christianity but also of other world religions and we reflect on the challenging questions that it provokes. Children reflect on what it means to have a faith and to develop their own spiritual knowledge and understanding. We aim to help the children learn from religions as well as about religions. We aim to deliver an RE curriculum, which enables children to become confident, creative and independent learners through a wealth of hands on, real-life experiences both inside and outside of school. Wherever possible, cross-curricular links are made between subjects with overarching themes.
RE – The best we can be…
From September, I have introduced the new Discovery RE syllabus which is a whole school approach to Religious Education, comprising of detailed medium-term planning covering Buddhism, Christianity, Hinduism, Islam, Judaism and Sikhism, with reference to Humanism. As well as expectations for each enquiry, Discovery RE includes end of key stage age-related expectations for KS1, lower KS2 and upper KS2. In addition, EYFS has differentiated foundation stage 1 for Nursery and Foundation stage 2 for Reception linking to the EYFS curriculum. The new scheme also offers a better format to assess and evaluate the impact of teaching RE. Providing children with real-life experiences both inside and outside of school will assist in achieving this. Therefore, I would like to compile a list of contacts for visitors to school and visits to places of worship, each year group should aim to include a real-life experience within their teaching of RE. I have made links with the local Vicar, who is happy to deliver RE lessons within school amongst other opportunities. I feel it is important that staff are fully engaged with the new syllabus. CPD, including an RE twilight, will be beneficial for all staff teaching RE. I feel it is important to provide further opportunities for CPD for the Subject Coordinator in the form of QIGs and links with other primary schools within FCAT that are using Discovery RE to share best practise and resources.