Religious Education (RE)
At Concord Junior School, we use the Discovery Education enquiry-based approach for our religious education curriculum. Our intent for religious education curriculum is that pupils will know about and understand a range of religions and worldviews; they will be able to express ideas and insights of their own into the significant questions which religions address.
Our belief is that, using an enquiry-based model well, children’s critical thinking skills can be developed, their motivation to learn increased, and their knowledge and understanding of, and empathy with people and their beliefs, religious or otherwise, will be enhanced. This approach takes very seriously the philosophy that children are free to make their own choices and decisions concerning religion and belief. RE does not try to persuade but rather to inform and develop the skills with which evaluation can take place.
Every enquiry is based around a key question. The children start from their own experience to ensure understanding of the concept being studied then move into investigating that concept in depth from the point of view of the chosen religion. This continues over three lessons of investigation and discussion throughout Step 2, which embeds subject knowledge. These lessons not only support the children with embedding their RE knowledge, but also contribute to the development of their oracy and critical thinking skills. In Step 3, they complete an assessment activity to evaluate the question again in light of their new knowledge, and have further opportunities to embed their own reflections on the learning in Step 4.
Spiritual, Moral, Social and Cultural Development through RE
The teaching of RE can make a distinctive and significant contribution to our pupils' spiritual and moral development within the curriculum, and makes a distinctive contribution to understanding cultural diversity through developing understanding of religions. These opportunities for personal development contribute to high standards and aspirations for each pupil.