Langney Primary Academy
Swale Academies Trust
We want our children to learn about the world religions through an enquiry based approach. This will give them knowledge of each religion and then require them to apply this knowledge to answer key questions rather than the knowledge being an end in itself. We also want pupils to relate what they learn to their own experiences and beliefs.
For this reason we have chosen the Discovery R.E. scheme which poses questions to be investigated and develops children’s critical thinking and evaluation skills. It also engages the children by relating the ‘bigger question’ to their own experiences and giving them a chance for personal reflection.
The School’s context.
The R.E. curriculum at Langney allows all our pupils whatever their background to be exposed to a wide variety of religious and cultural experiences and builds their knowledge of these. Our school values and the British Values of tolerance and mutual respect run throughout our teaching of R.E. Through activities and thought provoking enquires the children stop and take notice of what their own beliefs are and what similarities they have with others.
Each of the six units that are taught over the year follow the enquiry based approach of:
Engagement-the children’s own experience of the concept underpinning the question.(e.g. commitment)
Investigation- The subject knowledge to assist the pupils critical thinking in answering the question posed.
Evaluation- Drawing conclusions in an assessment task
Expression-Reflecting on how this enquiry has influenced their own beliefs.
In the Early Years Foundation Stage five of the world’s religions are taught across the year. These religions are Christianity, Judaism, Hinduism, Islam and Sikhism. These are taught through a theme ( e.g. celebrations) and a key question (e.g How do people celebrate? ) per term. Christianity features in all but one of the terms and is the sole religion in two terms (.Autumn 2, Christmas; Spring 2, Easter).
Across Key Stage 1 aspects of Christianity, Judaism and/or Islam are taught through a theme (e.g.Passover) and a key question ( How important is it for Jewish people to do what God asks them to do?). Christianity is the sole religion taught in seven out of the 12 modules.
Across Lower Key Stage 2, the principal world religions taught are Chritianity, Judaism, or Buddhism, Hinduism or Sikhism. These are taught through a theme (e.g. beliefs) and a key question (How can Brahman be everywhere and in everything?) Christianity features in half of the modules taught.
Across Upper Key Stage 2 , the principal world religions taught are Christianity, Sikhism or Hinduism in Year 5 and in year 6, Christianity and Islam. Christianity features in half of the modules taught. These are taught through a theme (e.g. Beliefs and Meaning) and a key question (Is anything ever eternal?)
First hand experiences involving visitors, school trips and religious artefacts in addition to secondary resources, broaden horizons and raise aspirations within and beyond the school’s locality.
How is this subject assessed?
R.E is assessed against the end of year expectations for R.E. and inputted onto Otrack ,our whole school assessment tool. Pupils are graded as either working towards or expected.