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Religious Education

Curriculum Leader: Miss Eleanor Stanhope

Intent: We follow the Agreed Syllabus for Religious Education in North East Lincolnshire. Religious Education (RE) is taught to all children at Pilgrim Academy. Our teaching promotes the spiritual, moral, social and cultural development of our pupils. It gives children opportunities to reflect on their own religious experiences, and explores the beliefs of all the major religions of the world throughout the year groups with a higher focus on the most prominent Religion of the Area: Christianity. Our teaching enables pupils to acquire knowledge and understanding of many different religious and non-religious beliefs, attitudes, practices and rituals. Pupils will also develop their own beliefs and values and be able to compare it to those of their peers. Our aim is not to convert or deter pupils towards or away from a particular religious belief, but to give them a deeper understanding of how different beliefs shape people's lives and understanding of the world.

What approach do we take to teaching Religious Education? Most curriculum subjects are taught through a thematic approach. For example, the theme topic may focus on Life in Ancient Greece; Around the World in 80 Days; The Animal Kingdom, amongst many other areas. Our medium-term plans then identify the following, where staff will ensure coverage and skills across the curriculum subject areas, including, where appropriate, Religious Education – due to the nature of the subject, much of Religious Education, will be taught separately, but links are made as and when appropriate:

  • Intent: What wider skills do we want the children to have developed by the end of this theme, supporting future learning and life skills?
  • Intent: Outline the factual/topical areas that will be covered, enhancing the development of knowledge and cultural capital?
  • Intent: What opportunities will there be to develop literacy and numeracy skills?
  • Intent: Cross-Curricular links: Which curriculum areas will be covered during this theme, developing cross-curriculum knowledge and skills?
  • Impact: What opportunities will be provided to assess the development of knowledge and skills?
  • Impact: What specific areas of knowledge/skills will be developed during this theme, which will be assessed at different times by the teacher and by the pupil?
  • Impact: What specific wider skills will be developed during this theme, which will be assessed at different times by the teacher and by the pupil?

Alongside this, we use Milestones for teachers and Curriculum Leaders to monitor coverage and track progress across the curriculum, ensuring appropriate sequencing is in place. We use the milestones created by Chris Quigley Education, in conjunction with our thematic planning to ensure the children develop their knowledge and skills as they move from Early Years through to Key Stage 1 and 2. If you click on the tabs below, you will see the milestones for Early Years; Years 1 & 2; Years 3 & 4 and Years 5 & 6.

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