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