Our RE is driven by key questions, big ideas and the understanding that all of our learning is linked through experience, conversations and connections. Our RE curriculum is designed to embody our school values and the drivers that underpin our learning throughout the school. We use our school drivers to ensure our children, and their community, are represented in our RE curriculum by;
stories, celebrations, artefacts and events to particular children in particular faith communities. The ethnographic approach allows the children to identify with the life of a child who is both the same as them but also has different cultural experiences, faith stories and practices. This can be explored through visits and visitors, pictures, persona dolls, or a bag of objects that belong to a child of a particular faith. Children will start reflecting on their place in the world in terms of where they belong. In Early Years they will start small and concentrate on their immediate family and carers. As they progress through school, they will begin to think about how they belong to school, the local community, city wide community and eventually, in the world.
The teaching and implementation of the R.E. curriculum at Throckley Primary School is based on the Newcastle LEA Agreed Syllabus for RE (2020).
We recognise the variety of religious and non-religious families from which our pupils come. We welcome and celebrate this diversity, are sensitive to the home background of each child and work to ensure that all pupils feel and are included in our R.E. programme.
We acknowledge the importance of pupils’ all-round personal development and the leading role that R.E. plays in contributing to the spiritual, moral social and cultural elements in particular. We affirm the equality of importance of the twin aims of R.E. as expressed in the agreed syllabus and teach to these in a balanced way, ensuring that the ‘affective’ dimension of R.E. is addressed. This Scheme of Work provides a model for teaching and learning in Religious Education from EYFS through to Year 6.
The locally agreed syllabus for RE aims to ensure that all pupils:
- know about and understand a range of religions and worldviews.
- are able to express ideas and insights about the nature, significance and impact of religions and worldviews.
- acquire and deploy the skills needed to engage seriously with religions and worldviews.