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St John's C of E Primary School

"Use your God-given gifts to serve others." 1 Peter 4: 10

RE

Intent 

As a church school, R.E. has a unique place at the heart of our curriculum. Our twelve school values underpin each R. E. topic and are drawn from the Bible. Through R.E, we help our children to: 

 

  • develop into respectful and compassionate people with a growing knowledge and understanding of the main religious beliefs in Great Britain. 

  • appreciate the role that faith and belief might have in a person’s life. 

  • find similarities and differences between their own faith and the faith of others. 

  • support their spiritual, moral, social and cultural development. 

 

Implementation 

The teaching of R.E. at St John’s draws on the Birmingham and Solihull agreed syllabi, Understanding Christianity and other RE Today materials to create a bespoke curriculum tailored to meet the needs of the children at our school. We implement this curriculum through: 

 

  • planning that progresses from EYFS through to KS2, developing skills in learning about and learning from different religions.  

  • specific topics that are taught across the school and revisited each year to deepen and develop children’s experience and understanding of the 5 main religions.  

 

  • Belonging 

  • Sacred Words 

  • Incarnation (Christmas) 

  • Fairness and Justice 

  • Holy People 

  • Salvation (Easter) 

  • Sacred Places 

  • Creation 

 

  • topics that are based on Christian values and that are designed to link with other curriculum areas, such as exploring belonging in the context of migration in history topics, or discussing fairness and justice alongside issues of fair trade in geography.  

  • teaching that is engaging and offers the children a variety of experiences to explore their ideas and responses to religion.  

  • collaborative learning that promotes community cohesion within the classroom and enables all children to participate in a supportive environment. 

 

Impact 

We measure the impact of our curriculum through the following methods:   

  • interviewing the pupils about their learning (pupil voice) and asking key assessment questions to a range of children.  

  • monitoring teacher planning.  

  • celebrating images and videos of the children’s practical learning.  

  • assessing the development of children’s knowledge as evidenced in R.E. books (KS2) or RE folders (EYFS, KS1). 

 

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