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RE Curriculum Design

Intent

The core of our RE is the Staffordshire Agreed Syllabus and the Lichfield Diocese Guidance. This provides the structure for RE teaching at Hugo Meynell.

As a Church school, CofE (VC), we have a SIAMS inspection which confirms the strength of our curriculum.

The context of our school is one in which most children come from white British backgrounds with limited exposure to religions and cultures beyond their own.

Our aim is, that by the end of KS2, all children at Hugo Meynell will have a sound understanding of the main beliefs and everyday practices of Christianity, Judaism and Islam.  They will have learned about the origins of each faith, the holy books and key festivals and gained understanding of how believers’ faith has an influence on how they live their lives.

Implementation

The Staffordshire Agreed Syllabus provides us with a structure for teaching the skills and knowledge of the RE Curriculum. This is enhanced with the Lichfield Diocesan materials that we use for specific areas e.g.  Christianity.  We teach RE in units with progression and sequencing built into the structure.  Within KS1, the focus is on knowledge and the practices of different believers.  Within KS2, we progress to exploring the similarities and differences of the religions. 

The RE Lead teaches RE across the school.  This ensures that there is systematic progression for all children.  To ensure that class teachers are not de-skilled, the RE curriculum is stored on the shared area and CPD takes places to keep all staff abreast of developments.

We enrich our RE curriculum with a range of trips e.g. to Birmingham Central Mosque and other churches of different denominations.  We invite visitors into school including people of other faiths from the local community. 

An important element of the Staffordshire Agreed Syllabus is that children are encouraged to ask people about their faith and how it affects their lives.  By having visitors and trips, we enable children to do this.

We are working with outside professionals to consider the issue of assessment within RE.

Impact

By the time our children leave Hugo Meynell, we want our children to be open-minded and sensitive to others. They will leave us with an empathy and understanding for all faiths and cultures and to have a contribution to make as 21st century citizens.

To view our whole school RE curriculum plan, click here: