At Tutshill C of E Primary School, we offer a broad and rich Religious Education curriculum to allow for coverage of the areas prescribed in the Gloucestershire Agreed Syllabus enhanced by the Understanding Christianity resource. Our curriculum enables our children to explore different religious beliefs, their community and their personal development in a variety of ways. The lessons provide a high quality, creative, engaging and challenging curriculum that is inclusive of all pupils. Each unit will teach children about religions and world views where children are able to build upon prior learning through the bespoke spiral curriculum planning. Religious Education at Tutshill C of E Primary School provides opportunities to broaden the children’s Global Awareness and understand issues that are prevalent in society today – both in Britain and the wider world. The delivery of the RE curriculum provides opportunities that prepare children to play an active and productive role in a diverse and multicultural society. The RE curriculum content is organised into three key areas: to make sense of religious and non-religious beliefs; understand the significance and impact of religious and non-religious beliefs and make connections between religious and non-religious beliefs, concepts and practices.
We make reference to the Gloucestershire Agreed Syllabus as well as the Understanding Christianity documents, to offer a broad range of study for children studying RE. We offer a specific series of lessons for each year group, which will offer structure and narrative but are by no means to be used exclusively, rather to be used to support planning. As a distinctively Christian school, the Christianity Units within the curriculum are supplemented by the Understanding Christianity documents. Understanding Christianity provides the children with a theological and conceptual basis taking the Christian accounts of the ‘big story’. Children will be given opportunities to explore key biblical texts and understand what this means for Christians. In KS1, children begin to look at other religions, focusing on celebrations and rituals. In KS2, we offer a wider range of learning opportunities about the world’s religions including deeper understanding of the origin of those religions and their key stories and teachings. Throughout both key stages, emphasis on personal growth and community cohesion is evident, allowing for personal development for the children from KS1 to the end of KS2. There are unit overviews available through the Gloucestershire Agreed Syllabus and the Understanding Christianity documents, which demonstrates where challenge and differentiation will show development of skills. As well as unit overviews, end of unit assessments are available to support teachers in making sure children have reached the intended outcomes. An example of key vocabulary is included to show the progression skills around the specific language involved in the children’s learning, so teachers can assess their understanding and progress through vocabulary as well.
We believe that the impact of using the Gloucestershire Agreed Syllabus and Understanding Christianity documents as the basis of our RE curriculum will be for children to have a better understanding of the religions that make up the UK and the rest of the World and how they can learn from and work alongside each other to create community cohesion. Children will have opportunity for spiritual growth that reflects their personal beliefs, values and attitudes in order to flourish as a unique individual. All children will be more informed about their position in the world, and the decisions they can make impacting their future. All children in school will be able to talk confidently about their wellbeing, moral and cultural development for the society in which they live. The RE curriculum will promote inquisitive minds, respect, tolerance and understanding for all those around them including themselves. Our curriculum enables high quality work to be produced and evidenced, showcasing a deep understanding of the main religions of the world, their community and their future. Children have a chronological understanding of Biblical texts based on the Understanding Christianity units. They have a secure understanding of Christianity and the ability to think theologically about religion. This evidence will be seen through using the correct vocabulary, explanations and respectful opinions, as well as cross-curricular evidence, for example religious and cultural art work, drama, craft and presentations. Impact will be seen by all teachers and children enjoying the experience of teaching and learning RE and understanding how it can help them in their future.