At Naunton Park Primary School, we want RE to help children to explore what people believe and what difference this makes to how they live, so that pupils can gain the knowledge, understanding and skills needed to handle questions raised by religion and belief, reflecting on their own ideas and ways of living.
We follow the Gloucestershire 2017–2022 agreed syllabus which is designed to support schools in developing and delivering excellence in RE. It does this by studying one religion at a time (‘systematic’ units), and then including ‘thematic’ units, which build on learning by comparing the religions, beliefs and practices studied.
All pupils develop an understanding of Christianity in each key stage. In addition, across the age range, pupils will develop understanding of the principal religions represented in the UK, in line with the law. These are Islam, Hinduism, and Judaism. Furthermore, children from families where non-religious worldviews are held are represented in almost all year groups. These worldviews, including for example Humanism, will also be the focus for study in thematic units.
The teaching and learning approach has three core elements which set the context for exploration of religion and belief: making sense of belief, understanding the impact and making connections.
At Naunton Park, RE is taught in blocks three times a year during an RE week. This helps children achieve depth in their learning and allows more time to make connections between units and the different religions taught. Please see the subject progression map to see when each unit is taught.
Each RE unit is centred on a leading question as set out in the agreed syllabus, which is also in line with what the school follows for other areas of the curriculum such as Geography, History and Science. This question is answered by the children prior to any teaching which takes place to enable the teachers to see the knowledge the children have retained from previous years and thus plan going forward. The same question is then answered again at the end of the unit to determine the progress made by the children. This is done as a class in Key Stage One and individually in Key Stage Two.
Reading is the beating heart of Naunton Park’s curriculum so teachers use texts as part of their lessons where possible to impart more knowledge. This also includes text from other religions and their Holy Books to provide authenticity.