Religious Education Curriculum Ward Green Primary School

Intent: Knowledge, skills and the National Curriculum

In line with the National Curriculum and the Six Key Questions of the Barnsley Agreed Syllabus for Religious Education we have developed our HCAT curriculum that children learn about a variety of religions and social development points throughout their time at school. The HCAT progressive curriculum document supports the progression of substantive content and concepts which have been carefully selected and well-sequenced so a child should know more and revisit knowledge and concepts to ensure depth and rigour over time.

Our well-sequenced RE curriculum prepares pupils with the prior knowledge, including content, concepts and vocabulary, that they need for subsequent topics in all year groups. At WGPS, we have identified the necessary background knowledge that pupils need to learn for a topic and ensured that the curriculum is ordered to accommodate this.

RE in school provides a balance of opportunities for children to learn about and learn from religion. We believe that learning from religion provides huge scope for developing children’s spirituality. As a school, we wholeheartedly believe that a high-quality religious education, which promotes a celebration of all cultures and religions, centred around spiritual, moral, social and cultural (SMSC) development is essential in promoting strong shared values among children as well as a knowledge and respect for different people's faiths, feelings and values.

At WGPS, the RE coverage for each half term has been thoughtfully considered to ensure that all six major world religious are covered in all year groups each term. This ensures that the content of each session is purposeful, meaningful and has a relevant context for our children to engage with.
Implementation: Accelerated Learning

RE is taught discretely outside of topic time to ensure depth and rigour, whilst being underpinned by the accelerated learning approach to teaching and learning. It is delivered to raise interest, self-esteem, creativity and aspirations of all our children. The curriculum is rich and varied, which provides our pupils with the skills required for life in the 21st Century.

Within a sequence of RE lessons children would be given chance to explore religions through 6 key questions to ensure continuity and progression in each year group. The questions are designed to guide and shape pupils' learning in RE across the years of schooling. Pupils begin by handling the key questions very simply, moving on to learn about and respond to religious objects and ideas, to describe for themselves, to analyse information, and increasingly to develop the ability to draw thoughtful and balanced conclusions.

Ultimately, providing opportunities for children to personally develop by immersing themselves in another culture as well as providing an equality of opportunity so that all pupils can thrive together, is at the heart of the our RE curriculum offer. We aim to develop children's understanding, mutual respect and tolerance allowing pupils’ to gain a greater awareness of their own assumptions and values about the religious content that they study. Therefore, developing responsible, respectful and active citizens who are able to play their part and become actively involved in public life as adults in the 21st Century.

The Accelerated Learning Cycle, based on the work of Alastair Smith, is applied in all lessons. It stems from the idea of a supportive and challenging learning environment. The cycle has active engagement through multi-sensory learning, encourages the demonstrating understanding of learning in a variety of ways and the consolidation of knowing. It is important that children 'know more and remember more' about each religion and can articulate what they know confidently to others

Impact: Assessment

Formative assessment is ongoing throughout each lesson. It judges progress and enables the teacher to make flexible adaptations to their planned teaching.

Through this regular ongoing assessment, tasks are matched to the ability of each child through differentiated activities, adult support, thus providing a level of challenge that is stimulating for pupils and questioning skills

INCERTS is used as a summative assessment to assess foundation subjects. Alongside the analysis of data from INCERTS, the curriculum document for religious education is regularly highlighted to identify any gaps or misconceptions to be addressed. This allows children to acquire complex skills that depends on the fundamentals of their prior knowledge in a well designed curriculum sequence.

As a school, we believe that reflection time is an important step in pupil learning and progress. We ensure that our pupils are given time to reflect upon their learning. Reflection helps us to recognise what and how we have learned and what we need to focus on in the future. Reflection should be about valuing and encouraging pupil involvement – getting them to share ideas, listen to each other and develop the confidence to join in.

Our Progressive Skills Curriculum


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