Intent, Implementation and Impact Statement for RE Curriculum 2021 2022
Curriculum Intent: ‘To create inspired and happy learners through an ambitious, engaging enquiry-led curriculum’
At St Newlyn East Learning Academy, we believe that by learning from and about the religions of the world, our pupils can understand the world around them. Through Religious Education (RE), pupils develop their knowledge of world faiths, and their understanding and awareness of the beliefs, values and traditions of other individuals, communities and cultures. We encourage our pupils fully Participate in their learning by asking questions about the world and to reflect on their own beliefs, values and experiences.
The Purpose of RE is to explore and understand what people believe, how they worship and how this affects the way they choose to live. Our RE curriculum encourages our children to think positively and respectfully of other people’s faiths, beliefs and values in order to become polite and well-rounded members of society that celebrate diversity. Furthermore, we develop our children’s sense of belonging and history through the Curriculum Kernewek units and encourages our children to explore the big questions about life through thematic units.
Religious Education is a necessary part of a broad and balanced curriculum and is compulsory for all children in state-funded schools in England. Our agreed syllabus is The Cornwall Agreed Syllabus 2020-2025.
The Cornwall Agreed Syllabus is a spiral curriculum so that children revisit religions throughout their education to build on prior knowledge and understanding. Christianity is taught frequently throughout the year, with Judaism, Islam and Hinduism also covered throughout Key Stage 1 and 2. We use resources from ‘Understanding Christianity’, together with ‘RE Today’ and ‘Curriculum Kernewek’, which all tie together to ensure balance coverage of the main religions.
Each RE unit is enquiry-led with investigative key questions that the children then explore throughout the unit. In all lessons there will be opportunities for discussion and time to allow the children to reflect on their own lives. Throughout a unit there will be a balance between discussion, written accounts and creative responses such as drama, dance, art and music. When discussions occur, teaching teams will aim to weave in their discussion stems taken from our Voice-21 Oracy project.
Our weekly 'Picture News' assemblies will also offer the children more insights into different world religions, supporting a clearer picture of ethnicity and diversity across society.
Our children will have a secure knowledge of the different religions studied and be able to confidently communicate the different ways that beliefs are put in to practise by individuals within their everyday lives, communities and the wider world.
Our children will be able to evaluate, reflect upon and make connections between the beliefs and practices studied. They will be able to confidently and respectfully challenge the ideas studied and be comfortable in having their own ideas and thinking challenged.
We want the children to be curious about the world they live in and show compassion towards others, as well as understanding of diversity. Our children will be able to ask and explore big questions about faith, life, themselves, and others.