RE Curriculm

Intent

At Pinewood Infant School we want the children to engage in a concept based RE curriculum that leads to knowledge through enquiry and through this develop an understanding of other religions and cultures through the teaching of RE, allowing the children to become more inclusive, accepting and tolerant of others. We want children to develop a cultured world view that encourages them to self-reflect and develop empathy for others regardless of race or religion. Through their understanding of the concepts and their religious links we want the children to become further skilled in thinking critically, reasoning and justifying their own ideas about spiritual, cultural and moral concepts as well as being able to challenge the ideas of others in a respectful manner. The skills and knowledge gained through the RE curriculum underpin core British values. Our goal is not to teach children to be religious but how to better understand religion in the wider world. At Pinewood we aim to introduce children to different concepts (such as special places and light as a symbol) and how these concepts relate to their own lives, individual experiences and starting points.

Implementation

At Pinewood Infant School we:

  • Look at data (such as CPOMS) to stay aware of incidents where conflicts have occurred and challenge these views; using them as learning opportunities when practical and appropriate.
  • Pupil conferencing – are children happy, engaged, challenged? Can they articulate the different concepts that have been taught and relate it to their own lives and experiences?
  • Learning walks (including those with governors and external visitors) – do they show evidence of our intent in action? Are the children actively engaged in discussion about the different RE concepts?
  • Planning – is it allowing children to gain knowledge and master skills, does it meet the needs of all learners? Is there progression between Y1 and Y2? Does the planning follow the 5 stage learning cycle?
  • Assess children at the end of the unit to ensure a depth of understanding and knowledge of the scientific concept taught. In each lesson the adults will be continually assessing each child’s progress to ensure misconceptions are identified and resolved within the lesson.