- Miss E. Heath
At Milton Primary we strongly believe that good-quality religious education lessons contribute significantly to the spiritual, moral, social and cultural development of each individual child. With this in mind, our R.E. curriculum ensure the provision of high-quality activities and experiences which stimulate pupils’ curiosity and promote respect for others. Through the teaching of the World’s six main religions: Christianity, Islam, Buddhism, Judaism and Hinduism, we enable pupils to experience how diversity and their beliefs of ourselves and others form a significant part of local, national and global communities. In essence, R.E. at Milton Primary aims to prepare pupils to become responsible citizens with an understanding of a range of faiths and beliefs, whilst recognising that everyone has the right to hold different beliefs.
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 are excited and enthusiastic about R.E.
Principle 2: Children lead their own learning, asking and answering their own philosophical questions in a respectful manner.
Principle 3: Children learn through exploration with the support of artefacts and high-quality non-fiction texts.
Principle 4: Teachers introduce children to a range of R.E. terminology, which they use confidently when asking and answering questions.
Principle 5: Children and adults appreciate the awe and wonder of the World’s major religions, making links to how, where and why it forms part of their everyday lives.
R.E. Subject Leader
My name is Miss Heath 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.
At Milton Primary Academy we aim to provide an R.E. curriculum that is creative, inclusive, challenging and inspired by the real-world. It stimulates curiosity, inspires the practise of fundamental British Values and encourages children to be philosophical in considering and sharing their views.
In the Early Years Foundation Stage, we teach R.E. 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 R.E. 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:
- Know about similarities and differences between themselves and others, and among communities, families and traditions.
KS1 and KS2:
The Religious Education in English School (Non-Statutory Guidance) aims to ensure that all pupils play a full part in their learning of R.E.:
- 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 R.E. is derived from Discovery R.E., 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. Throughout this process, pupils are also encouraged to make comparisons between the different religions, as well as themselves as an individual.
Cross Curricular Links with R.E.
Fundamentally, everyone’s experience of the world is cross curricular, as everything that surrounds us can be seen and understood from multiple perspectives. Our R.E. curriculum at Milton Primary therefore aims to take advantage of a range of opportunities for children to make links between different subject areas, supporting the use and application of what has already been taught and learned in new and different ways and providing opportunities for deep, meaningful learning.
English (inc. Reading): At Milton Primary Academy, we believe that it is imperative for our pupils to be given extensive opportunities for English, including reading, to be developed through every subject within our curriculum. With this in mind, teachers encourage all pupils to develop their reading, writing, speaking and listening skills within R.E. lessons. As all of the religions taught have a host of stories linked to them, English is an integral part of the teaching of R.E. at our academy. In KS1 for example, pupils are encouraged to retell these stories through drama and role play. During R.E. lessons, pupils are also able to share their own opinions with their peers. They’re also able to ask questions to deepen their understanding of their learning and debates are also used to challenge the opinions of others whilst being respectful and considerate. Through the use of iPads and high quality texts as secondary sources of information, pupils also develop their reading skills during R.E. lessons, as they are given the opportunities to research religions and the key themes that they study.
Mathematics: The teaching of R.E. can contribute to our pupils’ mathematical understanding in a variety of ways and across our academy, children enhance a variety of their mathematical skills through the medium of R.E. For example, in Year 4 children extend their understanding of shapes and symmetry when producing their own Rangoli patterns, and also when designing and producing stained-glass windows.
Computing: The use of digital technology enhances the teaching of R.E. in many ways. Firstly, videos shown on our interactive TVs and whiteboards are an incredibly useful and engaging tool that support pupils in developing their understanding of the cultures and religions that can be found both locally, nationally and globally. What’s more, pupils also use iPads and laptops to gather research around specific themes and religions and in lessons where these sources of information are used, children thoroughly enjoy taking ownership of their own learning and development.
SMSC and British Values: Our R.E curriculum forms an integral part of our pupils’ social, moral, spiritual and cultural development. R.E. is a flagship subject for championing and promoting the teaching of SMSC and British Values. It provides pupils with opportunities to ask questions, seek answers and develop ideas in a quest to discover more about their own identity and that of others. Through their learning of R.E., pupils are encouraged to develop attitudes that are open, reflective and critical whilst also being able to imagine, empathise, sympathise and reason. Pupils at our academy are given the chance to reflect and respond to a range of ideas linked to SMSC and British Values, within their R.E. lessons. Pupils discuss moral and religious issues in various group situations, exploring them through debates, drama and open conversations. During these sessions, teachers provide an environment which is safe, open and honest, whilst promoting positive attitudes towards other people, places, viewpoints and beliefs.
Art: Art links particularly well with R.E. at Milton Primary Academy and teachers are encouraged to make meaningful connections wherever possible. Our pupils explore the way in which religions express meaning through art, such as Diwali, and they are always encouraged to reflect upon this during lessons. On any visits to a place of worship, images, art and architecture are always of central importance and are usually the most awe-inspiring aspects that our pupils point out.
Assessment in R.E.
At Milton Primary Academy we all agree that the effective assessment of children’s learning helps us to ensure that each child makes good or better progress so that ‘Together We Achieve Our Best.’ This section therefore outlines the various assessment methods and practices that we use to monitor pupil progress and attainment in R.E. at Milton Primary, and also ensure that the activities that we plan for our children are suitably matched to their ability and level of development.
Formative Assessment (AfL):During R.E. 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. Activities are differentiated to support pupils who require extra support and they’re also differentiated to challenge those capable of thinking and reasoning in greater depth pupils about the topics being explored.
Summative Assessment: Each term, teacher’s also make a summative judgment relating to children’s knowledge and understanding of the R.E. that has been taught during lesson. This is recorded on the school’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 science education that we provide.
Nancy in Reception said… “I enjoyed making a Christingle orange for Church.”
Grace in Reception also said… “I really enjoyed learning about Diwali and putting Mendhi patterns on my hands.”
Otis in Year 1 said.. “I enjoyed acting out the Christmas story and finding out about Jesus and how God made the World.”
Junior in Year 2 said… “I love learning about different stories from around the World!”
Ezmai in Year 2 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 4 said… “I enjoy learning about different religions and places of worship!”
Aphia in Year 5 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 E. Heath, via the academy office (firstname.lastname@example.org).