At Bracebridge Infant and Nursery School, we believe that the teaching of RE, allows children to explore:
- the sacred
We believe that the participation of children in RE activities gives children opportunities to:
- gain the powerful knowledge they need about different religions and world views in age appropriate ways.
- build this knowledge into broader conceptual frameworks of understanding
- develop the skills associated with the academic disciplines that underpin RE (Theology, Philosophy, Human and Social Science)
- develop personally and to engage with a range of cultures, religions and world views
We use the Understanding Christianity documents throughout school from Reception alongside the Lincolnshire Agreed Syllabus in Key Stage 1 to ensure cohesion and coverage across the curriculum.
Furthermore our intent is to focus on developing pupil’s core knowledge and key skills so that the pupils have sufficient opportunity to deepen and broaden their prior learning over time. To do this progression is shown over Key Stages (EYFS and KS1)
- Our curriculum is progressive in skills and knowledge with key vocabulary underpinning topics, which is subsequently built upon through topics and year groups.
- Key areas of learning are revisited regularly and links are made within and between topics which supports our children’s learning through spaced repetition and learning flashbacks. .
- Teachers plan a sequential journey of learning using formative assessment, the Locally Agreed Syllabus, Understanding Christianity and knowledge and progression grids.
- Carefully planned key questions enable all groups of learners to be supported and challenged at the appropriate level.
- Enrichment opportunities are used to help support the learning of key aspects, for example visits to the local church and mosque.
- Classroom walls reflect the learning journey of the class, highlighting key knowledge and specific vocabulary. .
- Learning flashbacks throughout the rest of the year will allow children to revisit their learning, ensuring it remains in the long-term memory ready for further connections to be made.
- Cross-curricular links also allow children to use and apply other 'sticky' within their R.E learning , such as chronological reports, newspaper articles etc.
Progress and achievement in RE is recorded in the ‘Learning Journeys’ which detail the key skills and knowledge for all non-core subjects. Regular assessment methods are carried out throughout the year through questioning, observations, discussion and flashbacks. At the end of each Key Stage pupils will be assessed against the end of phase expectations.
As a result of studying RE children are also equipped with:
- the powerful knowledge delivered through the curriculum
- a range of skills associated with the academic disciplines that underpin RE
- an awareness of British Values, particularly tolerance of and respect for those with other faiths and beliefs and those with no faith