At Parkland Primary School we have worked together to create a shared language for learning (Appendix 1). Underpinning this and all curriculum design is our whole school definition of learning:
‘Learning is the process of building on and strengthening the connections in your brain.’
Our intent is for a high-quality Religious Education curriculum which is coherent, progressive, pedagogically and philosophically sound, and promotes the cognitive, spiritual, moral, social and cultural development of all learners.
Aims of Religious Education knowledge-led curriculum
The principal aim of religious education is to explore what people believe and what difference this makes to how they live, so that pupils can gain the knowledge, understanding and skills needed to handle questions raised by religion and belief, reflecting on their own ideas and ways of living.
The curriculum for RE (in line with the Leicestershire Agreed Syllabus 2021-2026) aims to ensure that all pupils:
Make sense of a range of religious and non-religious beliefs, so that they can:
- Identify, describe, explain and analyse beliefs and concepts in the context of living religions, using appropriate vocabulary.
- Explain how and why these beliefs are understood in different ways, by individuals and within communities.
- Recognise how and why sources of authority (e.g., texts, teachings, traditions, leaders) are used, expressed and interpreted in different ways, developing skills of interpretation.
Understand the impact and significance of religious and non-religious beliefs, so they can:
- Examine and explain how and why people express their beliefs in diverse ways.
- Recognise and account for ways in which people put their beliefs into action in diverse ways, in their everyday lives, within their communities and in the wider world.
- Appreciate and appraise the significance of different ways of life and ways of expressing meaning.
Make connections between religious and non-religious beliefs, concepts, practices and ideas studied, so that they can:
- Evaluate, reflect on and enquire into key concepts and questions studied, responding thoughtfully and creatively, giving good reasons for their responses.
- Challenge the ideas studied, and allow the ideas studied to challenge their own thinking, articulating beliefs, values and commitments clearly in response.
- Discern possible connections between the ideas studied and their own ways of understanding the world, expressing their critical responses and personal reflections with increasing clarity and understanding.
(Leicestershire Agreed Syllabus, 2021-2026)
Throughout pupils’ time at Parkland Primary School, teachers should consider how their teaching contributes towards the principal aim of RE in the local area, and how they help pupils to achieve the further aims for a knowledge led RE curriculum.
At Parkland Primary School, teachers work collaboratively using subject progression maps and knowledge mapping to coherently plan and sequence learning journeys designed to allow our pupils to gain cumulatively sufficient knowledge to ensure they are ready for the next stage of their education.