Our curriculum overview ensures that we meet the principal aim of RE:
‘The principal aim of religious education is to explore what people believe and what difference this makes to how they live, so that pupils can gain the knowledge, understanding and skills needed to handle questions raised by religion and belief, reflecting on their own ideas and ways of living.’ Worcester syllabus 2020.
The curriculum for RE at St Clement’s aims to ensure that all pupils
Our curriculum for RE aims to ensure that all pupils:
- study one religion at a time (‘systematic’ units), and then ‘thematic’ units, which build on learning by comparing the religions, beliefs and practices studied.
- pupils encounter core concepts in religions and beliefs in a coherent way, developing their understanding and their ability to handle questions of religion and belief.
Teaching and learning encompass three core elements, setting the context for open exploration of religion and belief:
- Making sense of beliefs: Identifying and making sense of core religious and non-religious beliefs and concepts; understanding what these beliefs mean within their traditions; recognising how and why sources of authority (such as texts) are used, expressed and interpreted in different ways, and developing skills of interpretation.
- Making connections: Evaluating, reflecting on and connecting the beliefs and practices studied; allowing pupils to challenge ideas studied, and the ideas studied to challenge pupils’ thinking; discerning possible connections between these and pupils’ own lives and ways of understanding the world.
- Understanding the impact: Examining how and why people put their beliefs into action in diverse ways, within their everyday lives, within their communities and in the wider world.