At Smarden, we use the Kent Agreed Syllabus for Religious Education 2017 -2022. This revised syllabus provides many learning opportunities to develop a wide range of transferable skills and knowledge that will benefit our learners across the curriculum. The syllabus is based around a key question approach, where the questions open up the content to be studied.
Our RE curriculum map shows which concepts are covered in each year group. As part of our ‘DISCOVER’, ‘EXPLORE’ and ‘CREATE’ curriculum, pupils apply knowledge using project based learning. Each project has a carefully considered ‘BIG QUESTION’. There are opportunities within these projects for our children to learn and apply RE knowledge and skills to broaden their thinking and help them consider different religions and worldviews.
Whilst organising our provision for RE across key stage 1 and 2 we have considered continuity, challenge, progression, provision, excellence and enjoyment. In setting high standards for all pupils in RE, we make use of the widest possible range of strategies for learning including: philosophical enquiry, open questioning, thinking skills, discussion, expressive arts and creativity.
Within our RE teaching and learning we also make connections with British values, community cohesion, global learning and respect for all. We also ensure RE teaching within our school supports the children’s spiritual, moral, social and cultural development. The agreed syllabus provides many opportunities for RE teaching and learning to challenge stereotypical views and to appreciate difference positively whilst recognising similarities between different cultures and religions and making these links. To help us achieve this we celebrate a variety of festivals and special days, which are significant to many cultures and religions, throughout the year.