Information for Parents and Carers
The National Curriculum states that every state funded school must offer a curriculum which is balanced and broadly based and which:
- Promotes the spiritual, moral, cultural, mental and physical development of pupils.
- Prepares pupils at the school for the opportunities, responsibilities and experiences of later life.
The learning of religious education makes a valuable contribution to this, so it is important that at Coniston we provide children with the knowledge and experience that will allow them to understand, compare and evaluate different faiths and cultures.
The Curriculum Framework for Religious Education states that all pupils should:
- Know about and understand a range of religions and worldviews.
- Express ideas and insights about the nature, significance and impact of religions and worldviews.
- Gain and deploy the skills needed to engage seriously and with worldviews.
To achieve this, we need an RE curriculum that is accessible to staff and as well as providing children with knowledge, provides opportunities for them to analyse and respond to the faiths and beliefs they are learning about.
The R.E. curriculum we will be using here at Coniston is called ‘Discovery R.E.’, this curriculum is based around a termly question. The idea behind this enquiry based approach is that children need to find evidence then weigh this up to reach a conclusion. Through this process, the children are using their subject knowledge and applying it to the question, rather than the knowledge being an end in itself. Because this approach begins with the children’s own experience and ends with them applying what they have learnt to a new situation, the learning becomes more meaningful to them as well as helping them to develop their critical thinking skills.
An example of how the term’s learning develops is on the other side of this information. The first step is for the children to be introduced to the subject matter. During the following few lessons, the children will investigate and develop their subject knowledge, using for example: videos, artefacts, role play, stories and food tasting. There will then be an evaluation task where children will have the chance to use what they have learnt over the past few weeks. In the final session, the children have an opportunity to apply things they have learnt to a new situation
In terms of the faiths covered, Christianity is taught in every year group, with Christmas and Easter being given new treatment each year to develop the learning in a progressive way. Hinduism, Islam, Judaism and Sikhism are also taught in age appropriate ways across the school.
If you have any queries or would like further information about this curriculum, please contact Mrs Hayes via the school office.