Intent: At Datchet St Mary’s Primary School we have designed our RE curriculum with the intent that our children are prepared for their future in multi-cultural Britain. The children will develop knowledge and understanding of Christianity and the other principal religions within the world that we live. They will begin to appreciate the way that religious beliefs shape life and behaviour and to develop the ability to make reasoned and informed judgements about religious and moral issues and enhance their spiritual, moral, social and cultural development.
Implementation: At Datchet St Mary’s our RE syllabus reflects ‘the fact that the religious traditions in Great Britain are in the main Christian, while taking account of the teaching and practices of the other principal religions represented in Great Britain.’ According to the Education Act, 1996. Our RE subject leader drives the development of the subject through out the whole school. Well planned and sequenced lesson using our schemes of Discovery RE and Understanding Christianity ensure that Christianity, Judaism, Sikhism, Buddhism, Hinduism and Islam are taught by building on prior knowledge and skills to ensure progression is evident in books. Effective teaching ensures regular assessment and various forms of feedback to check understanding, provide further challenge or address misconceptions. RE is taught on a weekly basis with a yearly RE day which is chosen according to feedback from our students. To promote an interest in RE we have invested in artefacts and plan and arrange visitors of all religions that we teach in order to provide real life experiences involving the religions and cultures of the people in our multi-cultural society. We also keep our RE board up to date for children to see the purpose of their work as well as promote interest in the RE curriculum to children throughout the school. This also supports long term memory of knowledge and skills which children can transfer to other areas of the curriculum.
Our RE curriculum is high quality, well thought out, and planned to demonstrate progress.
We measure the impact of our curriculum through the following methods: