The BHPS RE Curriculum
At BHPS we provide children with a challenging and engaging RE curriculum by offering learning, which meets the requirements of the Nottinghamshire Agreed Syllabus. We aim to develop increasing understanding of wide areas of RE subject knowledge, and their religious literacy. RE provokes challenging questions about meaning and purpose in life, beliefs about God, ultimate reality, issues of right and wrong and what it means to be human.
We aim to achieve this by teaching knowledge and skills through high quality sequences of lessons which are designed to help pupils:
- investigate religions and world views through varied experiences and disciplines and stories.
- to interpret and evaluate evidence, texts, and sources of wisdom or authority.
- discuss and share personal beliefs, ideas, values and experiences while respecting the right of others to have different views, values and ways of life.
Teaching is designed to take account of our five key curriculum drivers with skills and knowledge taken from our progression documents to ensure age appropriate content. Where appropriate, links are also made to ensure that children’s social, moral, spiritual and cultural development is enhanced through RE.
Our RE curriculum is designed to allow children time to think, discuss, practise, explore and embed. This allows time for teaching, practice and repetition – both in a year group and across both key stages. Curriculum coverage is mapped out carefully from Year 1 to Year 6, which allows some key concepts to be developed at a deeper level of learning, understanding and mastery. Fundamental knowledge and skills are covered at key points throughout the primary phase and repeated to allow pupils to build on what has been taught before. Where year groups are covering an area in more depth, this will be highlighted in green on the Curriculum Depth Map below. Lessons will be planned and a knowledge organiser provided for pupils, which outlines the area to be taught, where the new knowledge and skills fit in with their prior learning, any sticky knowledge they need to understand and key vocabulary they need to learn. Our diverse intake means that in our school there is substantial diversity of culture, religion, language and national origins including those of mixed heritage, each of which may require specific provision to ensure equality of opportunity. We celebrate the diversity of our school community. In addition to on-going and integral references to the positives of respect for diversity, the school holds an annual International Day where this is formally celebrated.
Impact is evidenced through:
- Pupils knowledge and understanding of religions and beliefs
- Development of a religious vocabulary
- Pupils ability to interpret religious symbolism in a variety of forms
- Pupils ability to reflect on questions of meaning, offering their own thoughtful and informed insights into religious and secular world-views
- Pupils will be able to explore ultimate questions of beliefs and values in relation to a range of contemporary issues in an ever-changing society
- Pupils are able to respect the right of others to have different views, values and ways of life