Intent: At Stratford-sub-Castle Primary School it is our intention to implement and deliver the RE curriculum in an active and relevant way, which opens horizons and supports our vision and intent for the whole curriculum.
Our curriculum is unique because of our historical and geographical location, as well as the wonderful natural environment in and around the school. These enhance and drive our curriculum. Although we are socially diverse, we are not culturally diverse. We want to develop our curriculum to increasingly extend our pupils’ horizons and help them to know about and understand that the village of Stratford-sub-Castle, the city of Salisbury and the county of Wiltshire are part of a much, much bigger world. A world which; is ever more connected and interconnected.
Religious Education contributes significantly to the Christian character of our school. Religious Education has a significant role for the development of pupils’ spiritual, moral, social and cultural development. It promotes respect and open-mindedness towards others with different faiths and beliefs, including people of no faith and encourages pupils to develop their sense of identity and belonging through self-awareness and reflection. The principle aim of RE is to engage pupils so they can develop an understanding and appreciation for the expression of beliefs, cultural practices and influence of principle religions and worldviews in the local, national and wider global community.
The overarching concepts for Religious Studies at Stratford-sub-Castle CE Primary School are:
- BELIEVING: what people believe about God, humanity and the natural world
- STORY: how and why some stories are sacred and important in religion
- CELEBRATIONS: how and why celebrations are important in religion
- SYMBOLS & SACRED PLACES: how and why symbols, including places of worship express religious meanings
- LEADERS AND TEACHERS: figures who have an influence on others locally, nationally and globally in religion
- BELONGING: where and how people belong and why belonging is important; understanding of different rites of passage for faiths
- MYSELF: who I am and my uniqueness as a person in a family and community; understanding right from wrong, accepting rules and boundaries; leading a ‘good’ life; communicating effectively and listening to others
Implementation: Learning is embedded through the development of knowledge and skills over time and through overlapping concepts. Unit of work are ‘blocked’ to allow for continuity of learning and to encourage pupils to become immersed in their studies. Links are made to other subjects, especially S.M.S.C and P.S.H.E. where relevant and appropriate. Teachers also ensure that the strands which run through the entire curriculum at Stratford-sub-Castle CE Primary School are woven through lessons, where appropriate.
We take an enquiry approach to RE. We have chosen to use ‘Discovery RE’ as our scheme of work as it follows an enquiry approach. Units of work take an enquiry approach which is as follows: Engagement → Investigation → Evaluation → Expression. Progression is mapped coherently with the support of the ‘Discovery RE’. The progression allows for effective planning and feedback.