R.E. Curriculum Map
Aims and Objectives
The aim1 of RE teaching at Westgate Primary School is to enable pupils to:
1. Know about and understand a range of religions and worldviews, so that they can:
- describe, explain and analyse beliefs and practices, recognising the diversity which exists within and between communities and amongst individuals
- identify, investigate and respond to questions posed, and responses offered by some of the sources of wisdom3 found in religions and worldviews
- appreciate and appraise the nature, significance and impact of different ways of life and ways of expressing meaning.
2. Express ideas and insights about the nature, significance and impact of religions and worldviews, so
that they can:
- explain reasonably their ideas about how beliefs, practices and forms of expression influence individuals and communities
- express with increasing discernment their personal reflections and critical responses to questions and teachings about identity, diversity, meaning and value, including ethical issues
- appreciate and appraise varied dimensions of religion.
3. Gain and deploy the skills needed to engage seriously with religions and worldviews, so that they can:
- find out about and investigate key concepts and questions of belonging, meaning, purpose and truth, responding creatively
- enquire into what enables different individuals and communities to live together respectfully for the wellbeing of all
- articulate beliefs, values and commitments clearly in order to explain why they may be important in their own and other people’s lives.
To meet the aims outlined above, we place importance on our children acquiring the necessary knowledge about religious and other worldviews in order that they may compare the beliefs and messages contained within them. The sources of wisdom found in religions and worldviews will include the key texts, the teaching of key leaders, key thinkers from different traditions and communities. We teach that religion and belief as a phenomenon which has both positive and negative features and is open to many interpretations. We provide the children with regular opportunities to commit new ideas and vocabulary into memory through low-stakes retrieval quizzes, self-testing and review, peer and whole-class discussions, elaborative-interrogative questioning (asking how…? why…? questions), writing activities, and creating schematic representations of concepts. New material is presented clearly, logically and carefully, with teachers providing clear explanations, models (both “good” and “bad”), analogies, narratives and scaffolding for difficult tasks. It should be built on the prior knowledge of the children. Responsive formative assessment is carried out during the lessons and future teaching is adapted to meet the needs of the children. When possible, we invite members of different religious communities into our lessons and visit religious places of worship in our local area.
The RE curriculum at Westgate follows the Coventry and Warwickshire Agreed Syllabus, 2017. It is taught through discrete lessons, and the topics and vocabulary have been organised and sequenced in a logical way to allow new knowledge to build on prior learning. Where appropriate, links with other subjects are highlighted.
Children in EYFS should encounter religions and worldviews through special people, books, times, places
and objects and by visiting places of worship. They should listen to and talk about stories. Children can be
introduced to subject specific words and use all their senses to explore beliefs, practices and forms of
expression. They ask questions and reflect on their own feelings and experiences. They use their
imagination and curiosity to develop their appreciation of and wonder at the world in which they live.
Key Stage 1
Pupils should develop their knowledge and understanding of religions and worldviews, recognising their local, national and global contexts. They should use basic subject specific vocabulary. They should raise questions and begin to express their own views in response to the material they learn about and in response to questions about their ideas.
Key Stage 2
Pupils should extend their knowledge and understanding of religions and worldviews, recognising their local, national and global contexts. They should be introduced to an extended range of sources and subject specific vocabulary. They should be encouraged to be curious and to ask increasingly challenging questions about religion, belief, values and human life. Pupils should learn to express their own ideas in response to the material they engage with, identifying relevant information, selecting examples and giving reasons to support their ideas and views.
Resources (including visits)
Subject leaders work with teachers to ensure resources are available for teaching their topics. When possible, we invite members of different religious communities into our lessons and visit religious places of worship in our local area.
Inclusion and Equal Opportunities
All learners will be given equal opportunities to access RE. They will be supported or challenged through external scaffolding of tasks (i.e. providing materials or additional adults) and/or task quantity.
Assessing, Recording and Monitoring
Responsive formative assessment should be carried out and future teaching adapted to meet the needs of the children. Children should be given opportunities to improve their work/answers and address any misconceptions that are identified. End-of-unit assessment can be through tests, extended pieces of writing, judgements from lessons, etc. Subject leaders carry out a range of monitoring activities as detailed in the Teaching and Learning Policy.
Equipment is checked for signs of damaged and replaced as needed. All trips and experiments are risk assessed.
Date ratified by Performance and Standards Committee: June 2020
Next review date: June 2023 (every 3 years)
Associated Policies: Teaching and Learning, Equal Opportunities, SEN and Assessment
1 ‘Based on Coventry and Warwickshire Agreed Syllabus, 2017