Part of the Faculty of Religion and Values
- Miss S. Wilde
- Miss S. Wilde
At Milton Primary Academy, our RE curriculum inspires and challenges pupils, equipping them with the knowledge and understanding that is central to living a prosperous, inclusive and inspiring life. It is our vision to enable children to become respectful citizens in a culturally diverse society and wider world. It is therefore essential that we also allow them to become confident in their core knowledge of worldviews, which not only shape our shared history and culture, but which guide their development. Fundamentally, our vision is to develop and stimulate the children’s interest in RE, allowing them to express themselves in a variety of ways.
Principles of Outstanding R.E.
These are the ‘Principles of Outstanding R.E.’ at Milton Primary Academy. They were devised and agreed by the children and staff in January 2020, informed by the way we feel that R.E. should be taught across the Academy.
Principle 1: Children will adopt an enquiry- based approach, as recommended by Ofsted, beginning with their own life experience before beginning to learn about and from religion.
Principle 2: Children will ask challenging questions about the meaning and purpose of life, beliefs, the self, and issues of right and wrong, commitment and belonging.
Principle 3: Children will develop their knowledge and understanding of Christianity, other principal religions, and religious traditions that examine these questions, fostering personal reflection and spiritual development.
Principle 4: Children will explore their own beliefs (religious or non-religious), in the light of what they learn, as they examine issues of religious belief and faith and how these impact on personal, institutional and social ethics; and to express their responses.
Principle 5: Children will build their sense of identity and belonging, which helps them flourish within their communities and as citizens in a diverse society.
Principle 6: Children will develop respect for others, including people with different faiths and beliefs, and helps to challenge prejudice.
Principle 7: Children will consider their responsibilities to themselves and to others, and to explore how they might contribute to their communities and to wider society. It encourages empathy, generosity and compassion.
Principle 8: Children will develop a sense of awe, wonder and mystery about the world and beliefs around them
R.E. Subject Leader
My name is Miss Wilde and I am the R.E. subject lead at Milton Primary Academy. My role is to ensure that the teaching and learning of R.E. across the academy is consistent and engaging, whilst also supporting the spiritual, moral, social and cultural development of all pupils. For me, it is imperative that all pupils develop an awareness of the major religions of the World and that they are consistently encouraged to draw similarities and differences between each one and their own, if they follow a faith or hold specific beliefs themselves.
I fully believe that with consistent, high-quality teaching, all pupils will be able to share their knowledge and understanding of a range of religions and worldviews, recognising their local, national and global contexts. It is also my belief that children should be equipped with the necessary tools to use an extended range of sources and subject specific vocabulary, whilst also demonstrating curiosity and asking increasingly challenging questions about religion, belief, values and human life.
In addition to this, I am fully committed to ensuring that each pupil at Milton Primary Academy is given the opportunity to explore each religion in a range of different ways. I strongly believe that visits and visitors are crucial in deepening our pupils’ understanding of each religion. Therefore, I am proud of the fact that each year group visits a place of worship or has an external visitor/speaker in to talk about their religion and beliefs each year. These opportunities are awe-inspiring for our pupils as it provides them with the chance to be curious, ask questions and immerse themselves into religions even further.
We deliver Religious Education (RE) in line with the Stoke-on-Trent Locally Agreed Syllabus. We use the Discovery RE programme as our scheme of work. We have checked that Discovery RE meets the requirements of our locally agreed syllabus and is aligned to the non- statutory guidance available to schools and academies.
Discovery RE brings together learning about and from religion, questioning and spiritual development in a comprehensive scheme of learning. Teaching strategies are varied and are mindful of preferred learning styles and the need for differentiation. Each enquiry starts from the children’s own life experiences, using these as a bridge into the investigation of the religion being studied. Learning is assessed and children have opportunities to express their own thoughts and beliefs and empathise with believers of that religion or belief position. Discovery RE is taught discretely in each year group (half termly enquiry).
In the Early Years Foundation Stage, we teach RE through the Understanding the World strand of the Early Years Framework, which ensures that children develop an understanding of their community through opportunities to explore, observe and find out about people and places.
Ongoing RE experiences and opportunities are planned from the objectives set out in the Early Years Framework, and this underpins the curriculum planning for children aged 3-5 at Milton Primary Academy.
The experiences that we provide ensure that children develop a secure understanding of the world around them. By the end of the Reception year, children will:
ELG: People, Culture and Communities
- Describe their immediate environment using knowledge from observation, discussion, stories, non-fiction texts and maps;
- Know some similarities and differences between different religious and cultural communities in this country, drawing on their experiences and what has been read in class;
- Explain some similarities and differences between life in this country and life in other countries, drawing on knowledge from stories, non-fiction texts and – when appropriate – maps.
KS1 and KS2:
The Religious Education in English Schools (Non-Statutory Guidance) aims to ensure that all pupils play a full part in their learning of RE:
- As learners, by deploying skills, asking questions and exploring answers.
- As individuals, using their own experiences and background to reflect on questions of truth and morality and deeper meanings of life and death.
- As citizens, promoting debate and dialogue, celebrating diversity, taking appropriate action and putting principles into action.
With this in mind, our programme of study for RE is derived from Discovery RE, and this clearly sets out which religion and key question will be taught and learnt at each point in the year for all groups. Each year group learns about Christianity and at least one other religion each year, whilst there is a focus on key themes throughout. During this process, pupils are also encouraged to make comparisons between the different religions, as well as to themselves as an individual.
Assessment in R.E.
Children are assessed over three aspects of learning:
- a personal resonance with or reflection on the material/religion being studied to answer the enquiry question.
- knowledge and understanding of the material/religion being studied to answer the enquiry question.
- evaluation/critical thinking in relation to the enquiry question
Formative Assessment (AFL): During RE lessons, teachers are encouraged to assess the knowledge, learning and understanding of each of their pupils. This is primarily done through the use of questioning and the activities that have been planned by the teacher.
Summative Assessment: Each term, teacher’s also make a summative judgment relating to children’s knowledge and understanding of the RE that has been taught during lesson. This is recorded on the academy’s tracking system, therefore enabling us to ensure that all learners are achieving highly, making good or better progress.
Educational Visits and Enrichment
At Milton Primary Academy we place great emphasis on the importance of educational visits and visitors to enhance the teaching and learning of R.E. These visits and visitors, which provide valuable opportunities for learning through first-hand experience, are therefore an integral part of the curriculum and allow our children to make valuable connections between what they have learned in class and their first-hand experiences in the real-world.
Whole School Enrichment and Clubs:
Educational visits and visitors are vital in immersing pupils fully into each religion taught at Milton Primary Academy. With this in mind, each year group is expected to visit a place of worship or invite an external visitor into the academy to share an insight into their religion.
For example, in the Early Years Foundation Stage, pupils visit Milton Church at Christmas time to celebrate Christingle. This is an incredibly valuable experience for our young pupils as it engages them in the R.E. curriculum from the very start of their time with us.
What’s more, in Year 4 pupils will also experience a multi-faith trail across region, with the first of these to take place this year. Again, this is an exciting, engaging opportunity for our pupils as they will experience 3 places of worship in a single academy day. During the day, our Year 4 pupils will visit a Church, a Mosque and a Sikh Gurdwara, and they will be encouraged to reflect and compare each one after their visit, facilitating a deep understanding of the similarities and differences between different religions.
In other year groups, children also visit a Mosque, Temple and Synagogue, therefore ensuring that they have visited a place of worship for each of the main religions during their time at our academy.
At Milton Primary Academy we believe that the view of every pupil is important to ensure that we provide the best education possible. Here is a selection of pupil voice collected during the 2019/20 academic year, and in some cases, what we are doing / have done to improve the R.E. education that we provide.
Nancy in Year 1 said… “I enjoyed making a Christingle orange for Church.”
Grace in Year 1 also said… “I really enjoyed learning about Diwali and putting Mendhi patterns on my hands.”
Otis in Year 2 said.. “I enjoyed acting out the Christmas story and finding out about Jesus and how God made the World.”
Junior in Year 3 said… “I love learning about different stories from around the World!”
Ezmai in Year 3 also said… “I would like to visit churches and different places of worship.”
Ezmai said it… we did it!! As part of your project learning in Year 2, when you become ‘Street Detectives’ and learn also about the local area, you now visit Milton Church and sketch this historic building in the style of local artist, Sid Kirkham.
Kayci in Year 5 said… “I enjoy learning about different religions and places of worship!”
Aphia in Year 6 said… “I like my R.E. lessons because it is interesting to learn about different people’s religions and cultures.”
Please see below a selection of documents that relate to the intent, implementation, and impact of R.E. teaching and learning at Milton Primary Academy. If you require any additional information relating to this subject, then please contact the subject leader, Miss S. Wilde, via the academy office (firstname.lastname@example.org).