Curriculum Statement: RE
‘Excellence, Truth and Grace’
‘Summing it all up, friends, I’d say you’ll do best by filling your minds and meditating on things true, noble, reputable, authentic, compelling, gracious—the best, not the worst; the beautiful, not the ugly; things to praise, not things to curse. Put into practice what you learned from me, what you heard and saw and realized. Do that, and God, who makes everything work together, will work you into his most excellent harmonies.’
Philippians 4: 8-9
At Middleton Parish Church school, our RE curriculum supports our practices as a living faith community. Religious Education in Middleton Parish Church School aims to enable every child to flourish and to live life in all its fullness. (John 10:10). Through our Religious Education curriculum, children acquire a thorough knowledge and understanding of Christianity; a living faith that influences the lives of people worldwide and as a religion that has mostly shaped British culture, values and heritage. Children will acquire knowledge and understanding of the other principal religions in Great Britain and make links between the beliefs, practises and value systems of the range of faiths and world views studied. Through the curriculum, children will develop skills and attitudes which will support them in their personal, moral and social development.
Middleton Parish Church School’s children will be:
- Ready to Learn: Children will build on ideas by being active, inquisitive and open to developing their own spirituality.
- Respectful: Children will know that their own faith will be respected by all. They will develop mutual respect and tolerance of those with different faiths and beliefs and those without faiths. Opinions about faith are valued and can be shared and discussed within our school community.
- Reflective: Children will grow in their spiritual development through reflecting on their feelings and relationships and thinking about their beliefs and values in light of the beliefs and values of others, including religious traditions and the values of the school community.
- Aspirational: Children will know that they are a child of God and they are loved and valued by Him. Children will feel secure in their own beliefs and practices, and have a strong moral foundation. They will have a true understanding of Christianity and other world religions and be prepared to take the next steps on their spiritual journey.
Religious Education is a statutory subject of the curriculum for all pupils in all year groups and should be provided for all registered pupils except those withdrawn at the request of their parents’. Parents have the right to request that their child be excluded from all or part of the RE provided at school.
Our school follows Questful RE and the Understanding Christianity resource that has been recommended for Religious Education by the Diocese of Manchester. RE is taught as a discrete subject across all year groups and for all pupils to access. The RE long term plan has been put together so that the children build on their prior knowledge and develop subject specific skills in every year group. In order for children to know more and remember more in each area of Religious Education studied, there is a structure to the lesson sequence whereby prior learning is always considered and opportunities for revision of facts and religious understanding are built into lessons. Through revisiting and consolidating skills, our lessons help children build on prior knowledge alongside introducing new skills and challenge. The revision and introduction of key vocabulary is built into each lesson. This vocabulary is then included in display materials and additional resources to ensure that children are allowed opportunities to repeat and revise this knowledge. Religious Education lessons are taught in a variety of ways so that all children can access the learning, including drama, art, dance, song and written work. Trips and visiting experts enhance the learning experience in different topic units and help children to understand the idea of a living faith.
Middleton Parish Church School’s children will be:
- Ready to Learn: Children will be taught to build on their prior knowledge and develop subject specific skills in every year group.
- Respectful Each of our RE units begins with a Christian starting point. Although in most units other faiths are taught and children will be taught to have and show respect for people of other faiths and no faith.
- Reflective: Children will be taught to reflect on their feelings and think about their beliefs and values.
- Aspirational: Children will be taught the beliefs of Christianity and other world religions and be prepared to take the next steps on their spiritual journey.
The successful approach to the teaching of RE at Middleton Parish Church School in a fun, engaging, high quality religious education, that provides children with the foundations for understanding and exploring the world that they can take with them once they complete their primary education.
- Ready to Learn: Pupils will be equipped with the skills and knowledge to continue and extend their lifelong learning of RE as they transition into secondary school and into the wider world. Pupils will be positive about RE and secure in their understanding of issues relating to the nature, truth and value of religion.
- Respectful: Our children demonstrate respectful and positive behaviours towards people of all religions and beliefs.
- Reflective: Pupils at Middleton Parish are able to follow their own religious lines of enquiry; asking relevant questions and exploring their curiosity. They reflect on their prior knowledge and use this as the foundations for new knowledge and skills.
- Aspirational: Pupils are motivated to continue their learning of RE and their own spirituality. Children demonstrate an awareness that RE is an essential part of life, which will enable then to flourish within the community and be responsible citizens.