Our RE scheme is currently a blended approach of Understanding Christianity' and the Emmanuel Project. Within our curriculum each year group explores elements of different religions as well as maintaining a fundamental emphasis on Christianity.
The curriculum provides a well-balanced approach and encourages pupils to develop a healthy and respectful understanding of a range of major world religions and an awareness of the impact of those on believers’ daily lives. Christianity is a golden thread that weaves through everything that we do at St Andrew’s. Our two-year rolling plan for RE has been developed in order to provide opportunities for revisiting and deepening of RE concepts within each school phase. Within the curriculum, our spiritual awareness remains a thread throughout, providing opportunities for encounter and reflection, providing opportunities to put into action what they have learned.
Staff work hard to ensure that RE lessons provide a safe space for all God’s children (Valuing All God’s Children, 2017) and consequently pupils demonstrate an increasing confidence in expressing their views and interpretations as evidenced within lessons and in books and floor books. Lessons are inclusive, adapted where necessary, and planned to ensure all pupils can access and participate. The use of the Understanding Christianity materials encourages pupils to express their own philosophies and opinions within a supportive climate. Children ask, answer and challenge questions, analyzing their own and others’ and thoughts about Christianity and other world religions in a purposeful and meaningful way, appropriate to their level of understanding.
Collaborative learning takes place with the RE leader’s work with colleagues within the Weymouth Bay Hub, across the trust and involvement with the Diocese. Governors have a strong presence within the school and through the Academy Ethos and Standards Committee, monitor the progress of our developing curriculum.