Growing respectful and reflective learners to Live in God’s World
At St Andrew’s CE Primary School, our RE curriculum is underpinned by our school principles: Wisdom, Grace and Hope, which are rooted in the Bible. Our aim is to grow confident, reflective and respectful learners to live happily in God’s world, underpinned by a strong focus on emotional health and wellbeing.
GROWING: It is our ambition that every St Andrew’s pupil is able to develop a deep understanding of their place in the world; starting with their role at school, within the local community and beyond.
We strive to do this by delivering a high quality RE curriculum which enables all children to learn about Christianity as well as a range of other world faiths including Hinduism, Islam and Judaism.
RESPECTFUL AND REFLECTIVE LEARNERS: Throughout the school day we encourage our children to make positive choices and to be respectful towards the views of others, particularly within the RE curriculum. We seek to enable pupils to know about and understand Christianity as a living world faith, by exploring core theological concepts and engaging with biblical texts.
TO LIVE IN: We want to provide all children with the potential to thrive, not just survive in God’s world, making positive contributions to their immediate, local and global community. Our RE curriculum develops pupils’ abilities to connect, critically reflect upon, evaluate and apply their learning to their own growing understanding of religion and belief (particularly Christianity), of themselves, the world and human experience.
Our RE curriculum is adapted to meet the needs of learners in our school. We develop learners that feel inspired and motivated to reach their full potential in God’s world, successfully putting into practice key life skills.
The above aims can only be achieved through effective teaching and learning in RE lessons and in the wider curriculum. RE is taught through the ‘Understanding Christianity’ resource; the Emmanuel project, a resource from the Diocese of St Edmondsbury and Ipswich is used to supplement these units and to support our teaching of other faiths. All units approach RE with enquiry based teaching. The key skills taught are:
- To develop skills of questioning, reading and interpretation; understanding how believers interpret, handle and use religious texts and making sense of the meanings of texts
- Examining ways in which people respond to religious texts and teachings, and how they put their beliefs into action in diverse ways within the community and in the world
- Connecting the texts and concepts studied, and discerning possible connections between these and pupils’ own lives and ways of understanding the world.
Understanding Christianity Concepts
Whole school RE curriculum
- EYFS RE Rolling Programme
- KS1 RE Rolling Programme
- KS2 Year 3 and 4 RE Rolling Programme
- KS2 Year 5 and 6 RE Rolling Programme
- Knowledge and Skills Progression RE
- Whole school LTP RE