Learning in RE is at the core of the curriculum and we ensure that the Bishop’s directive is followed in allocating 10% of curriculum time to RE lessons.
Teachers create Medium Term Plans, based on the Come and See scheme of learning. Each year group has their own list of nine topics to cover throughout the academic year, all linked by a central theme. The topics, although different in each year group, all explore the relevant theme at an appropriate level and ensure clear, comprehensive and systematic progression across the year groups.
We also have focus weeks where we learn about other world religions such as Judaism, Islam, Sikhism or Hinduism. We focus on another faith twice a year. We learn about Judaism every year and the other religions are taught on a rolling programme, so each one is covered every three years.
When teaching ‘Come and See’ we adhere to End of Year Expectations. The End of Year Expectations are linked to specific ‘Driver Words’ for each attainment target and year group. These expectations and driver words are set out by the Diocese and are used to inform our planning and delivery of lessons. The End of Year Expectations are split into three strands: Attainment Target 1, 2 and 3. AT1 Head – What we learn, AT2 Heart – How we live out what we have learnt and AT3 Cloud – What we wonder and our questions. The delivery of each ‘Come and See’ topic is taught in three parts, Explore, Reveal and Respond. Using this structure enables the children to develop their knowledge, understanding, skills and fostering of attitudes. Each ‘Come and See’ topic lasts for four weeks.
Running alongside the ‘Come and See’ programme is a series of ‘Big Questions’ which are relevant to each RE topic. They demand a more active and engaging approach and encourage child lead enquiry and learning. We focus on the Big Question throughout the topic and use it as a pre-learning discussion point.
Each lesson begins with a period of quiet prayer and reflection, with a candle being lit. This is to remind us that, although still a lesson, it is a special lesson that is different to every other as we are developing our faith and putting ourselves in the presence of God. Before any new teaching begins with a retrieval activity will be undertaken, in line with expectations for other subject areas.