RE AT BRIGSTOCK SCHOOL
Forward thinking and creative, valuing faith, tradition, community and achievement.
We aim to be a nurturing, creative school at the heart of our community, where all are enabled to achieve their best. We celebrate our differences, we value each individual and we encourage kindness and respect from all.
Our Christian values underpin all our learning, and the depth and breadth of our curriculum enriches our children and enables them to embrace ‘Life in all its Fullness’. (John 10:10)
It is our intention that our RE curriculum offer is bespoke for our school. To provide the bridge between our school vision, ‘life in all its fullness’, our values ‘respect, responsibility, resilience, reflectiveness, readiness, resourcefulness, kindness and well-being’, the diocesan requirements and the National Curriculum. Our vision is to equip our pupils with key skills, knowledge and vocabulary so that they can explore life in all its fullness. Once suitably equipped we aim to embed this through a challenging curriculum delivered through high quality teaching and learning opportunities. Furthermore, it is our intent to provide our pupils with a rich and broad cultural capital through purposeful enrichment opportunities to achieve excellence for all and so they can successfully engage with their local and global communities.
At Brigstock, we follow the diocesan agreed curriculum. In this spiral curriculum, key skills and knowledge are revisited and built upon within each year and across key stage phases. Sequences of lessons are planned using progression mapping within and across key stage phases. Carefully considered key questions inspire active learning and challenge for all. Opportunities for cross-curricular learning are identified in our medium term plans, for example writing, reading, maths, history and geography.
Pupils learn about religion and from religion. They explore abstract concepts and apply their thinking to the wider world promoting tolerance and celebrating diversity in a context that is relevant to them. The agreed syllabus requires that all pupils learn from Christianity in each key stage, our curriculum maps show progression through the different year groups. In addition to Christianity our children learn from other world religions.
In EYFS, teaching and learning is based around the children developing a sense of awareness of self, their own community and their place within this. Children will encounter Christianity and other faiths throughout the world. In KS1, children study Christianity, Judaism and Islam. In KS2, children study Christianity, Islam, Sikhism, Hinduism and Judaism.
Whilst organising our provision for RE across KS1 and KS2 we have considered continuity, challenge, progression, provision, excellence and enjoyment. In setting high standards for all pupils in RE we make use of the widest possible range of strategies for learning including: philosophical enquiry, open questioning, thinking skills, discussion, expressive arts and creativity, external visits and visitors and resources for learning.
Within our RE teaching and learning we also make connections with Fundamental British Values, cultural capital, our global community, our local community and a respect for all. We also ensure RE teaching within our school supports the children’s spiritual, moral, social and cultural development. The diocesan curriculum and quality teaching provides many opportunities for RE teaching and learning to challenge stereotypical views and to appreciate difference positively whilst recognising similarities between different cultures and religions and making these links. To help us achieve this we celebrate a variety of festivals and special days, which are significate to many cultures and religions.
As part of our bespoke curriculum we have introduced three projects ‘CHRISTMAS’, ‘EASTER’ and ‘OUR WONDERFUL WORLD’. Each project has a carefully considered ‘BIG QUESTION’. There are opportunities within these projects for our children to learn through cross-curricular teaching and apply RE knowledge and skills to broaden their thinking and help them consider different religions and world views.
Curriculum mapping can be found in the subject leader file and on our website. Progression is mapped out across year groups from EYFS through to year 6.
At Brigstock Lathams School, staff who teach RE are provided with the resources and CPD they need to equip children with key skills and ‘sticky knowledge’ and to embed these.
Through our RE curriculum, it is our intent that our children:
- can articulate and explain what RE is.
- are equipped with extensive RE knowledge and vocabulary which is embedded.
- have a passion for RE and a sense of curiosity to investigate different religions.
- have an excellent knowledge of other religions.
- understand and embrace diversity.
- understand and promote community cohesion.
- understand the differences and similarities of different religions.
- are able to live in a country which is diverse in terms of cultures, religions and beliefs.
- recognise anti-social behaviour such as racism and develop strategies to deal with it.
- can promote multicultural understanding and respect for all.
- understand how one religion has influenced the development of another.
- are well-rounded spiritually, morally, socially and culturally.
RE subject leader: Mrs Caitriona Keeley and Mrs Sandy Ettridge settridge @brigstockprimary.org.uk