At St Clement’s, our aim is to deliver an RE curriculum that develops children’s knowledge and understanding of different beliefs, giving them the values and attitudes needed to live ‘good’ lives in a diverse world. Following our school vision, ‘Love your neighbour as you love yourself.’ Luke 10:27, we strive to give children rich opportunities and broad learning experiences to enable them to flourish as unique individuals and appreciate, understand and value all beliefs, both in their local community and in the wider world. Our school vision and values (Safety, Trust, Achievement, Respect, Share and our Christian values) guide all decisions about our school curriculum, ensuring every child can flourish and meet their full potential.
We aim to give our children opportunities to develop both a sense of belonging within their own local community and to develop a growing awareness of where they fit within the wider world by exploring a range of national and global issues. Our Religious Education curriculum contributes dynamically to our children’s education by exploring challenging questions about meaning and purpose in life, beliefs about God and issues of right and wrong. Children gain knowledge and understanding of a range of religions and world views. Children learn to articulate their own personal beliefs, ideas, values and experiences while respecting the differences of others.
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
- 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.
Teachers have access to an extensive range of CPD and we use our staff skills and expertise to support each other in developing a progressive curriculum. We evaluate our curriculum through rigorous evidence from pupil voice, questionnaires, lesson visits, book scrutinies, staff meetings and discussions. Staff have developed strong, supportive working relationships, leading to a confident and quality approach to the teaching and delivering of RE.
Our assessment strategies (formative and summative) show clear progression throughout the children’s learning journey at St Clement’s. Children are aware of their next steps in learning through shared learning objectives when starting new sequences and lessons, verbal and written feedback, parent’s evenings and school reports. Staff can clearly track progression through our assessment systems and transition meetings before the start of each school year.
Children leave St Clement’s with the knowledge, skills and attitude they need to be able to continue a successful life journey. Our school vision and values give them the tools they need to continue living their lives to the full and meeting their full potential, while encouraging and supporting those around them to do the same.