In RE, pupils at the school should have an understanding of the primary teachings, rituals and important characters for the main world religions. They will be able to learn from these teachings and see how these may in some way be applied to their lives at school as well as other areas of life. On their journey through the school they will look at each religion twice with a focus on the main festivals that are celebrated during the year.
Children will begin to be able to appreciate the views of others, showing respect and empathy towards people of differing beliefs and opinions. They should explore important questions about our existence as people and try to argue and reason about uncertainties that have either been answered in part or not at all by the world religions. Every child will begin to engage with asking the “big” questions of life and should feel invited to offer their own views while maintaining appreciation of the views or beliefs of other individuals and groups.
To ensure a progression in development of knowledge and the important skills associated with RE, each child will spend a term or more learning about every religion during Year 3 and 4; focussing on beliefs, festivals and investigating the application of these to peoples’ lives. They will then build on their understanding and delve into more complex ideologies by revisiting each religion and associated teachings during Year 5 and 6. All the knowledge of religious teachings and practises have been mapped out so that as children progress through the school - revisiting religions to build understanding - they will become more confident and experienced with how to explain, apply understanding, appreciate alternative views and question the world as theologians. An example of one key skill: ‘empathy’ is provided below to show this progression from Year 3 to Year 6.
Example of progression table showing the development of empathy as a skill:
The teaching of the RE curriculum will be assessed throughout the progression of lessons, ensuring that knowledge and skills are built on and readdressed as needed. At the end of each unit children are assessed against an overarching question based on their learning using a variety of supported strategies to review their understanding and application of skill. This will enable accurate assessments to be made throughout the course of the year.