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our religious Education Curriculum

Article 14: Every child has the right to think and believe what they want and to practice their religion, as long as they are not stopping other people from enjoying their rights.

Article 20: If a child cannot be looked after by their family, governments must make sure they are looked after properly by people who respect the child’s religion, culture and language.

Article 30: Every child has the right to learn and use language, customs and religion of their family, regardless of whether these are shared by the majority of people in the country where they live.

Religious Education is taught in addition to the National Curriculum in line with recommendations laid down by the Department of Education and the Local Authority. 

At Globe we teach the subject through the exploration of 'big questions'. Teaching in this way helps children to compare and consider everybody and think critically, ultimately leading to greater understanding and respect. 

There is a balance in RE between learning about Religions, ie facts, artefacts, specific details and common themes across Religions, to learning from religion, ie thoughts, perceptions, analysing facts and looking at the meaning of stories and events. We encourage our children to be critical thinkers.

We also make it clear to children that not everyone has a religion and that not everyone believes in a God. We in no way promote any particular religion. We celebrate various festivals and their traditions. At Christmas we have a Christmas performance with a traditional nativity and Christmas songs. 

Our goal is for our children to become religiously literate, therefore they must have:  

Fundamental Foundations 

We believe that for children to secure greater depth, it is important that they first have solid fundamental foundations. Fundamental foundations should not be rushed and so the notion of ‘rapid progress’ must be dismissed. Instead the goal of repetition should be seen as both useful and necessary. This is why you will see us returning regularly to geographical knowledge and concepts.  

Cognitive Domains - Degrees of Understanding

We refer to three degrees of understanding and thinking ‘Basic’, ‘Advancing’ and ‘Deep’.  

BASIC – Low level cognitive demand. Involves acquisition of fundamental foundations.  

ADVANCING – Higher level cognitive demands beyond recall. Requires application involving some degree of decision making in how to apply fundamental foundations.  

DEEP – Cognitive demand involves non-standard, non-routine, inter-connected, multi-step thinking in problems with more than one possible solution. Requires reasoning and justification for the inventive application of fundamental foundations.  

Time scales for progression through the cognitive domains -

Milestone 1 – Y1 & Y2 

Milestone 2 – Y3 & Y4 

Milestone 3 – Y5 & Y6  

Each milestone should be seen as containing two phases. In the first phase, pupils should repeat the content a sufficient number of times to secure fundamental foundations; in the second phase, they should apply the foundations in order to reach the ‘expected’ standard. If they reach this before the end of the second phase, they should move on to tasks that will secure greater depth. Thus, progress through the cognitive domains take two years.  

It is expected that by the end of Year 1, pupils should be able to complete the BASIC tasks to secure fundamental foundations and by the end of Year 2, the ADVANCING tasks. It is also reasonable that a number of children may move on to the DEEP activities if they secure an early understanding of advancing.  

Milestone 3 

Y1 & Y2

Milestone 2 

Y3 & Y4

Milestone 3 

Y5 & Y6

Beginning 

Y1 

Advancing 

Y2 

Deep 

Y2 

Beginning 

Y3 

Advancing 

Y4 

Deep 

Y4 

Beginning 

Y5 

Advancing 

Y6 

Deep 

Y6 

We believe that it is therefore extremely important to secure the fundamental foundations before trying to secure greater depth.  

Curriculum Breadth, Depth &  Progression Principles 

We have carefully planned our curriculum to ensure progression as well as breadth and depth. These are the principles we have adhered to: 

Building a Religious Education Schema at Globe 

Our pupils will form a RE schema* by: 

*Schema – Schema theory states that all knowledge is organised into units. A schema, therefore, is a conceptual system for understanding knowledge. A subject schema is a way of organising knowledge in a meaningful way; it is an appreciation of how facts are connected and they ways in which they are connected. A schema is distinct from information, which is just isolated facts that have no organisational basis or links.  

Threshold Concepts – The Big Ideas

We teach teach these five threshold concepts throughout KS1 and KS2. These are the big ideas that underpin the subject. The five threshold concepts are:  

The schema will be strengthened by each threshold having its own milestone.

Threshold Concepts 

Milestone 1  

Milestone 2 

Milestone 3 

Understand beliefs and teachings 
  • Describe some of the teachings of a religion.
  • Describe some of the main festivals or celebrations of a religion.
  • Present the key teachings and beliefs of a religion.

  • Refer to religious figures and holy books to explain answers.  


 

  • Explain how some teachings and beliefs are shared between religions. 
  • Explain how religious beliefs shape the lives of individuals and communities. 

Understand practices and lifestyles 

  • Recognise, name and describe some religious artefacts, places and practices. 
  • Identify religious artefacts and explain how and why they are used. 
  • Describe religious buildings and explain how they are used. 
  • Explain some of the religious practices of both clerics and individuals. 
  • Explain the practices and lifestyles involved in belonging to a faith community. 
  • Compare and contrast the lifestyles of different faith groups and give reasons why some within the same faith may adopt different lifestyles. 
  • Show an understanding of the role of a spiritual leader. 

Understand how beliefs are conveyed 

  • Name some religious symbols.
  • Explain the meaning of some religious symbols.
  • Identify religious symbolism in literature and the arts. 
  • Explain some of the different ways that individuals show their beliefs. 

Reflect

  • Identify the things that are important in their own lives and compare these to religious beliefs.
  • Relate emotions to some of the experiences of religious figures studied.
  • Ask questions about puzzling aspects of life.
  • Show an understanding that personal experiences and feelings influence attitudes and actions.  
  • Give some reasons why religious figures may have acted as they did. 
  • Ask questions that have no universally agreed answers. 
  •  Recognise and express feelings about their own identities. Relate these to religious beliefs or teachings. 
  • Explain their own ideas about the answers to ultimate questions.  
  • Explain why their own answers to ultimate questions may differ from those of others. 

 Understand values 

  • Identify how they have to make their own choices in life. 
  • Explain how actions affect others. 
  • Show an understanding of the term ‘morals’. 
  • Explain how beliefs about right and wrong affect people’s behaviour.  
  • Describe how some of the values held by communities or individuals affect behaviour and actions.
  • Discuss and give opinions on stories involving moral dilemmas. 
  • Explain why different religious communities or individuals may have a different view of what is right and wrong. 
  • Show an awareness of morals and right and wrong beyond rules (ie wanting to act in a certain way despite rules). 
  • Express their own values and remain respectful of those with different values. 

Curriculum Breadth, Depth & Progression Principles

We have carefully planned our curriculum to ensure progression as well as breadth and depth. These are the principles we have adhered to: 

We revisit the same micro-topics in both years of a milestone so that pupils have a chance to connect topics together (intra-curriculum links).

Threshold concepts are returned to regularly within and through all the milestones.

Planning ensures that we move from basic to advancing, with some children achieving deeper learning over the two years within a milestone.

Curriculum Content and End of Key Stage Expectations 

Breadth of Study

Key Stage 1 

Key Stage 2 

  • Study the main stories of Christianity. 
  • Study at least one other religion. Choose from Buddhism, Hinduism, Islam, Judaism or Sikhism. 
  • Study other religions of interest to pupils. 
  • Study the beliefs, festivals and celebrations of Christianity. 
  • Study at least two other religions in depth. Choose from Buddhism, Hinduism, Islam, Judaism or Sikhism. 
  • Study three of the major six religions not studied in depth in order to gain a brief outline. 
  • Study other religions of interest to pupils.

End of key stage expectations: showing knowledge and understanding

By the end of Key Stage 1, pupils will be able to: 

By the end of Key Stage 1, pupils will be able to

  •  Identify similarities in features of religions and beliefs. 
  •  Retell religious, spiritual and moral stories. 
  •  Identify possible meanings for stories, symbols, and other forms of religious expression. 
  • Identify how religion and belief is expressed in different ways.

 

  • Explore, gather, select and organise ideas about religion and belief. 
  •  Investigate and describe similarities and differences within and between religions and beliefs. 
  • Comment on connections between questions, beliefs, values and practices, drawing on key text when appropriate. 
  • Suggest meanings for a range of forms of expression, using appropriate vocabulary. 
  • Describe the impact of beliefs and practices on individuals, groups and communities, locally, nationally and globally.

End of Key Stage expectations: expressing ideas, beliefs and insights

By the end of Key Stage 2, pupils will be able to

By the end of Key Stage 2, pupils will be able to: 

  • Respond sensitively and imaginatively to questions about their own and others’ ideas, experiences and feelings. 
  •  Ask questions about their own and others’ ideas, feelings and experiences. 
  • Give a reason why something may be valued by themselves and others. 
  • Recognise that some questions about life are difficult to answer.

 

  • Investigate and describe how sources of inspiration and influence make a difference to themselves and others. 
  • Apply ideas and reflections to issues raised by religion and belief in the context of their own and others’ lives. 
  • Suggest what might happen as a result of their own and others’ attitudes and actions. 
  •  Suggest answers to some questions raised by the study of religions and beliefs.

Curriculum Breadth Maps (topics) - Intent

Milestone 1 Curriculum Map

Milestone 2 Curriculum Map

Milestone 3 Curriculum Map

How we Implement our Curriculum

Our Religioius Education Policy

Example RE  lesson - Milestone 1

Example RE lesson - Milestone 2

Example RE lesson - Milestone 3

Assemblies

Our assemblies promote values which complement and reinforce all faiths; they promote positive relationships, tolerance and self-awareness as well as significant events from a range of religions. Assemblies are important social and educational occasions.  

We explore shared values through our assemblies. We also learn about the diversity of our world and learn about key events which are important to our community and country. Celebrating effort and success is also a key element of our assemblies whether that be as individuals, groups or the whole school.

We have assembly themes which encourage children to be respectful, co-operate and empathise with others.  On occasion we invite carefully selected individuals or groups to speak at our assemblies.

Assembly Plan - Autumn 2018 multi-cultural world which is rich in faiths and beliefs. Citizens of the future who are tolerant of others are being developed in our school today.

Other opportunities for collective worship occurs during RE and Health and Relationships Education.

Here is the school’s Religious Education policy which has been agreed by the school’s Governing Body. This policy includes the parental right to withdraw children from religious education. We do not recommend withdrawal as Religious Education is vital in helping children understand the world that we live in. 

Please click to view the school’s Religious Education Policy

Collective Worship 

At Globe we gather daily in a variety of groupings where we celebrate and reflect. 

It is an opportunity to help children to reflect on their own experiences and to recognise and celebrate the values and beliefs of the whole community, both in school and the wider world. This celebration and reflection reflects our diverse school community.  

At Globe we celebrate diversity. We are committed to preparing our children to thrive in a multi-cultural world which is rich in faiths and beliefs. Citizens of the future who are tolerant of others are being developed in our school today. 

Other opportunities for collective worship occurs during RE and HRE (Health and Relationships Education).