The Religious Education (RE) curriculum at Crookesbroom Primary Academy is based around thought-provoking questions which allow pupils to share their experiences and to learn from one another and from religious beliefs. It makes space for all pupils to explore their own beliefs, values and traditions, and those of others, in engaging ways. It supports children to develop positive attitudes of respect towards people from all religions and worldviews. It prepares pupils for citizenship in a diverse and rapidly changing world, exploring some aspects of British Values in relation to religions and world views. Our pupils live in the diverse community of Doncaster and we want them to recognise and value the benefits of diverse and inclusive communities. The RE curriculum plays a part in this.
RE supports pupils as they broaden their vocabulary and develop oracy by building opportunities for pupils to reflect and to agree or disagree respectfully; helping them to self-regulate their emotions; therefore improving their mental health.
The curriculum content for RE is structured so that it broadens and deepens pupils’ understanding and knowledge over time, across and between year groups and key stages. Learning is sequenced progressively to develop understanding of faith and associated communities as well as some of the world’s religions.
In EYFS, pupils encounter religions and world views through special people, books, times, places and objects and by visiting places of worship. They listen to and talk about stories. They ask questions and reflect on their own feelings and experiences. They use their imagination and curiosity to develop their appreciation of, and wonder at, the world in which they live.
In Key Stage 1, pupils will develop their knowledge and understanding of religions and worldviews, recognising their local, national and global contexts. They will raise questions and begin to express their own views in response to the material they learn about and in response to questions about their ideas.
In Key Stage 2, pupils will extend their knowledge and understanding of religions and worldviews, recognising their local, national and global contexts. They will be encouraged to be curious and to ask increasingly challenging questions about religion, belief, values and human life. Pupils will learn to express their own ideas in response to the material they engage with, identifying relevant information, selecting examples and giving reasons to support their ideas and views.