At Campsbourne we teach the National Curriculum for Religious Education which can be found here.
We believe that Religious education (RE) makes a significant contribution to our children’s academic and personal development. It plays a key role in promoting social cohesion and the virtues of respect and empathy which are important in our diverse society. If people have a better understanding of other faiths they are less likely to be dismissive of issues that don’t concern them directly. Better still, it promotes integration and a stronger sense of community. This is particularly true for our community which includes families from different backgrounds, traditions and religious beliefs from across the world.
We teach the Locally Agreed Syllabus using the Discover RE program. Discovery RE focuses on critical thinking skills, on personal reflection into the child’s own thoughts and feelings, on growing subject knowledge and nurturing spiritual development. The enquiry approach has 4 key steps: Engagement, Investigation, Evaluation and Expression with children answering key questions. The key question for the enquiry is such that it demands an answer that weighs up ‘evidence’ and reaches a conclusion based on this. This necessitates children using their subject knowledge and applying it to the enquiry question, rather than this knowledge being an end in itself. Below are some example questions:
- Reception – What makes people special?
- Year 1 – Does God want Christians to look after the world?
- Year 2 – What is the best way for a Jew to show commitment to God?
- Year 3 – What values/morals can you learn from the story of Easter/Good Friday?
- Year 4 – What is the best way for a Buddhist to lead a good life?
- Year 5 – Prayer and Worship- What is the best way for a Sikh to show commitment to God?
- Year 6 – Beliefs and Practices-What is the best way for a Muslim to show commitment to God?
Religious Education Curriculum Map (2020-2021)
Children are teacher assessed against key statements which get progressively more challenging as they move through the years. The focus of these statements is ensuring that children are able to apply their knowledge to an enquiry question and not just recall ‘facts’. The documents below map out the progression children make within specific religions as they move through the school.
Religious Education Progression Map (Christianity)
Religious Education Progression Map (Islam)
Religious Education Progression Map (Other Religions)