RE intent statement:
At St Peter’s we are passionate about cultivating a strong inclusive community that works together and supports people in times of need. We challenge racism and all forms of prejudice and we see RE as one curriculum area in which our pupils can encounter and critically reflect on a range of worldviews.
For the children of St Peter’s we embrace a well-planned, progressive RE curriculum, which helps our children to understand the religious diversity of our local area. Our creative teaching allows children to express their thoughts and opinions in a variety of ways to ensure every child has the opportunity to achieve. Our RE curriculum is strongly connected through the concepts of believing, living and thinking. By passionately teaching RE we provide opportunities for children to ask and create intriguing questions that challenge aspects of religion and their own understanding and concepts
- RE topics begin with a pre-assessment of current knowledge and skills, from which a learning sequence is developed alongside the LAS.
- Our spiral curriculum is progressive in skills and knowledge with key vocabulary underpinning topics, which is subsequently built upon through topics and year groups.
- Key areas of learning are revisited regularly and links are made within and between topics which supports our children’s learning through spaced repetition and learning flashbacks. This formative assessment is used to inform future lessons in the learning sequence to help children to gather a broad and deep understanding of the topic.
- Teachers plan a sequential journey of learning using formative assessment, the Locally Agreed Syllabus, Understanding Christianity and knowledge and progression grids.
- Carefully planned key questions enable all groups of learners to be supported and challenged at the appropriate level.
- Enrichment opportunities are used to help support the learning of key aspects, for example visits to the local church and mosque.
- Classroom working walls reflect the learning journey of the class, highlighting key knowledge and specific vocabulary. Working walls may also identify links between previously learnt topics to help make connections between key themes.
- Formative assessment is used throughout the unit of work to show the progress of the children. Learning flashbacks throughout the rest of the year will allow children to revisit their learning, ensuring it remains in the long-term memory ready for further connections to be made.
The children of St Peter’s will transition with an excellent knowledge of religion and worldviews. They will be confident within themselves to ask high-level questions that will challenge their own and others understanding of different religions. By having a good understanding of the positivity of diversity the children of St Peter’s will build the foundations for empowering our community of hope.