Religious Education

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 “Together, we believe, achieve and enjoy”

Through our vision, we serve our community by providing an inclusive, happy, secure and caring Christian environment where all are valued and respected. We believe that God loves all his children unconditionally and values the uniqueness of the individual and recognise the diversity and range of contributions that each child can make. In our Religious Education curriculum, we ensure that children value and respect all religions, practices and traditions (both religious and non-religious) and understand the impact that faith has on a believer’s life. Children are given the opportunity to learn about different faiths and reflect on their own spirituality.

Following the Church of England's Vision for Education 'Life in all its fullness' John 10:10, we provide a high-quality education within a creative, stimulating, encouraging and mutually supportive environment where children are enabled to develop the skills they require to become successful in Religious Education.

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Our 5 Crown Principles drive our RE Curriculum

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Challenge

Through the ‘challenge’ curriculum driver we want our children relish challenges that being a theologian can bring: asking perceptive questions, thinking critically, weighing evidence, sifting arguments, and developing perspective and judgement. Children are challenged to develop their own views on religion and given a range of philosophical questions that enable them to ponder and reflect on morality and the meaning of life.

Resilience

Through the ‘resilience’ curriculum driver, we promote optimism and determination in Religious Education. A selection of carefully chosen theologians, philosophers and key religious figures are included within the curriculum for children to learn from and reflect on their studies and teachings. Children are encouraged to be resilient in their own spirituality and make informed choices about their own beliefs.

Opportunities

Through ‘opportunities’, we raise aspirations to broaden our children’s horizons – opening their eyes to the myriad careers they might pursue. A range of religious and non-religious experiences are carefully planned throughout the Religious Education curriculum so that children are given the opportunity to visit an array of places of worship and meet with people who practice major world religions. We want our pupils to have a clear understanding of the link between achieving well and having goals for the future.

Wellbeing

At Queen’s Park, we understand that happiness is linked to personal growth, health and development. We ensure our children are happy, healthy individuals. Religious Education allows children to enrich their own spiritual, moral, social and cultural development so that they might make informed decisions about their own wellbeing. Religious Education provides a safe space to ask big questions and offers a chance to reflect and think about their own sense of self. Children are taught that all religions believe that we are made with a purpose and that we are all special and unique.  With ‘wellbeing’ as a curriculum driver, we give children the confidence to thrive in a diverse, global society and be respectful citizens with British and Christian Values at the core.

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Through the ‘kNowledge’ curriculum driver, we encourage our children to be resourceful learners. It is uniquely challenging and coherent to our children. The knowledge imparted in our Religious Education curriculum is sequenced and views of major world religions and non-religious practices are taught All our teachers teach with the aim to ensure pupils have sufficient knowledge to progress through primary school and beyond.

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Being a theologian means that disciplinary, substantive knowledge and personal knowledge complement each other harmoniously. Our Religious Education curriculum is underpinned by three main strands, theology, philosophy and human/social sciences. We use the analogy of a three-legged stool, the three legs (strands) provide a stable equilibrium for these disciplines. If one leg was shorter than the other then we would fall off so we have to make sure that we get the balance right. Holding the three disciplines in balance is key.

Through disciplinary literacy, all children read like theologians: reading religious and non-religious texts along with commentaries, diaries and accounts of believer’s lives. Reading is the ‘beating heart’ of our Religious Education curriculum.

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Religious Education Long Term Plan

 

Religious Education is taught in seven blocks across the year to coincide with the Understanding Christianity key concepts and the Church’s Liturgical Calendar. Enhancement days are including throughout the year to celebrate a range of celebrations and festivals from both religious and non-religious events.

Progression documents

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Our progression documents have been created by the Religious Education Subject Leader to ensure clear progress in the key concepts that are covered through Understanding Christianity and in line with the statutory assessment outcomes from the Lancashire Agreed Syllabus.

The progression documents show key knowledge (substantive knowledge), key vocabulary and key skills (disciplinary knowledge) and assessment outcomes from EYFS – Year 6.

 

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Vocabulary is V.I.T.A.L in RE

Valued

We value vocabulary in RE and in everything we do.

Identified

 Key vocabulary is identified by the Religious Education subject leader and is explicitly planned for.

Taught

Vocabulary is explicitly taught in every lesson. Our Crown Planners are used as a teaching tool for key vocabulary and the Religious Education medium term plans include additional vocabulary to be taught.

Applied

Once vocabulary is taught, it is applied. Children apply their vocabulary in their speaking and listening, writing and assessment outcomes in Religious Education.

Learned

Vocabulary is revisited and relearned. Vocabulary sticks in the children’s long-term memory. Lesson by lesson, year by year, children revisit and relearn key vocabulary.

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Through an ‘explosion of experiences’, our youngest theologians are exposed to the foundations of their Religious Education learning. Carefully planned knowledge of different religions including religious and non-religious traditions and festivals, skills and experiences are provided for our children. High quality books, stories and rhymes are the beating heart of our Religious Education curriculum in EYFS. Key vocabulary is planned for. Staff are role models in demonstrating this vocabulary and this is further enhanced in our excellent provision. Religious Education is explicitly taught every week by the class teachers. The foundations of learning about and from Different Religions is taught in EYFS is linked to Year 1 and beyond.

Year 1 to Year 6

Year on year, children will build upon their knowledge of Christianity and the major World Religions, skills and vocabulary. The curriculum leader and history subject leader have created a meaningful, sequential learning journey through Religious Education. Careful curriculum thinking and planning ensures that our children have the subject knowledge and components embedded in their long-term memories.

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Pedagogy

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Both our staff and children are enthusiastic about Religious Education. Through ongoing CPD, we strive to ensure our teachers have expert knowledge of the religious and non-religious knowledge, practices and traditions that they teach. Our pedagogy is firmly based upon our curriculum intent of embedding concepts into long-term memory so that they are able to be recalled, to ensure substantive and disciplinary knowledge and skills can be applied fluently.

Our ‘Queen’s Park Quality First Teaching’ model ensures that lessons are effectively sequenced so that new knowledge and skills build on what has been taught before and towards defined end points.

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The sequence of lessons across Religious Education follows the same structure:

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Each lesson, within the sequence, follows the structure so prior knowledge is constantly revisited and transferred to long term memory.

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Our Crown Planners support our children with vocabulary and key knowledge for each unit of work. They enhance children’s understanding of key concepts, present information clearly and promote appropriate discussion. 

 

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We understand that we may not see the true impact of our Religious Education curriculum on our children as our RE curriculum is just the beginning of a lifetime of learning.

Our well-constructed and well-taught RE curriculum leads to great outcomes. Our results are a reflection of what our children have learnt. At Queen’s Park, our philosophy is that broad and balanced leads to great outcomes and meeting end points at the end of each key stage. National assessments are useful indicators of the outcomes our children achieve.

We ensure all groups of children are given the knowledge and cultural capital they need to succeed in life. We strive to ensure that our children are equipped with the skills (through a growth mindset approach) to fluently be able to retrieve key facts from their semantic memory.

The quality of our children’s work, at every stage, is of a high standard. All learning is built towards an end point and at each stage of their education, we prepare our children for the next stage.

We ensure all our children read to a stage appropriate level and fluency. Reading is the beating heart of our Religious Education curriculum. Through disciplinary literacy in Religious Education lessons, the impact of reading on the children’s learning is paramount.

The impact of Queen’s Park Religious Education curriculum is measured through the following:

  • Assessment at the end of each unit of work
  • Vocabulary and knowledge are assessed at the end of each lesson and at the end of each sequence
  • Pupil voice
  • Progress evident in children’s books and record of experiences
  • Seeking views of parents where appropriate

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