RE is statutory and sits alongside the National Curriculum. In addition, RE serves not only the Social, Moral, Social and Cultural and British values agendas but also contributes significantly to literacy skills as well as linking easily to many areas of the National Curriculum.
At Avonwood, we have chosen to use and follow the scheme ‘Discovery RE’ to help us construct a coherent and balanced RE curriculum where every year progression and continuity is enabled and enhanced.
The aim of our RE curriculum is to make RE a meaningful and relevant subject for all pupils.
In every year, from Foundation to Year 6, Christianity is taught with Christmas and Easter given new treatment each year, developing the learning in a progressive way. At Avonwood, we also cover Hinduism, Islam, Judaism and Sikhism. Humanist perspectives are added when appropriate in some enquiries.
We also encourage visitors and speakers from several of the World religions studied to visit our children to allow them an opportunity to talk about their beliefs and practices and allowing the children to ask questions to further and enrich their understanding.
Our approach is enquiry driven, with key questions driving each topic. This enables children to consider key concepts and how they can relate to these in their own lives whilst also giving them an opportunity to recognise and understand the meanings of these concepts to people with religious faiths and beliefs. We encourage children to celebrate our differences and give children the opportunity to explore their thoughts and opinions and most importantly, promote respect for others.
“Each enquiry demands the equivalent of 6 lessons. Each enquiry has a learning objective which shows the learning over the enquiry and SMSC (Spiritual, Moral, Social and Cultural) development opportunities are mapped throughout as is each enquiry’s contribution to the British Values agenda. SMSC (Spiritual, Moral, Social and Cultural) development With the Ofsted inspection framework emphasising the opportunities children are offered for SMSC development, RE can be a key contributor.
British Values Religious Education is a key player in engendering knowledge and understanding which can lead to tolerance and respect for others and their beliefs. It does not, however, teach children to passively accept, but rather encourages evaluation and critical thinking, equipping them to consider belief positions they encounter. Discovery RE contributes significantly to the British Values agenda.
Mindfulness: Mindfulness means cultivating a sense of awareness on purpose, in a non-judgemental way in the present moment. It is hoped that teachers will use mindfulness practices to build children’s self-awareness and skills of reflection, thus supporting their RE learning as well as their personal spiritual development.” Discovery RE
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