Our RE curriculum is based on the three academic disciplines: Theology, Philosophy and Human/Social Science.
Theology: We call this thinking through believing. It is about asking questions that believers would ask. It requires children to think like theologians, or to look at concepts through a theological lens. Children will explore questions and answers that arise from inside religions and worldviews.
Philosophy: We call this thinking through thinking. It is about asking questions that thinkers would ask. It requires children to think like philosophers, or to look at concepts through a philosophical lens. Children will explore questions and answers raised through considering the nature of knowledge, exisitence and morality.
Human/Social Science: We call this thinking through living. It is about asking questions that people who study lived reality or phenomena would ask. It requires children to think like human and social scientists, or to look at concepts through a human/social science lens. Children will explore questions and answers raised in relation to the impact of religions and worldviews on people and their lives.
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During some Theology units our teachers also use the Understanding Christianity resources to support their planning.
What religions and worldviews do children learn about?
Across the year, each key phase will study and explore different religions through their enquiry questions linked to one of these disciplines.
Children focus on some religions as ‘in depth’ studies and others as ‘encounter’ studies. As a Church of England school, Christianity is an ‘in depth’ study in all year groups. Through the enquiry questions, there are opportunities for children to also compare and contrast different faiths and world views so they are able to explore the enquiry question fully, providing children with a broad and balanced understanding, so they can make knowledgeable responses during their learning journey.
(At UKS2 Children will have the opportunity to extend and deepen their understanding through comparing beliefs from all previous religions studied)
St Andrew's Religious Education Curriculum Overview
How do children record their learning?
Religious Education lessons are a core subject within our curriculum at St Andrew’s. Therefore, like in English and Maths, all classrooms have a dedicated space within the learning environment for an RE Working Wall. This is an interactive space, which allows each class to document and build each step within the learning journey, working towards the children answering their enquiry question at the end of the unit. Teachers and children use the working wall to gather and record their ideas and recall learning from previous lessons to build new learning onto.
As with all learning in our classrooms, RE lessons at St Andrew’s are engaging and interactive. Children use lesson time to explore their thoughts and feelings in relation to faith and their enquiry question. This can be seen through children debating ideas and using new knowledge from the study of religious texts, accounts and visits from people of faith and exploration of religious art work and artefacts, to make and come to their own conclusions. Children will sometimes write this down and record their work in their RE book but sometimes these discussions are evidence through video recording, photos and observations of whole class conversations.
How do staff assess children’s learning?
Teachers use the Norfolk Syllabus assessment statements to make a judgment of pupils progress through Monitoring Made Easy assessments forms, which are conducted half termly at the end of each unit. Teaching staff use the Norfolk Syllabus exemplification documents to moderate children’s work throughout the unit, before making a final assessment.
Teachers and support staff use our school live marking policy to provide assessment and feedback to children during lessons, as they do in all subjects.