RE Subject Leader: Jonathan Whitfield
RE in School:
Religious Education is a compulsory subject and forms part of the National Curriculum to which every pupil should have access. It can provide the foundation for many people’s lives and promote acceptance and understanding of other beliefs. Through the teaching of RE we aim to promote the spiritual, moral and cultural development of all pupils. The RE syllabus that we are currently following at Nevill Road Primary school is the ‘Manchester, Salford, Stockport, Tameside and Trafford Agreed Syllabus for RE, 2022–2027’. This syllabus enables pupils to explore their own positions with regard to religion and worldviews, and those of others in engaged and engaging ways. At Nevill Road, we enable children to develop an understanding for the following major religions; Christianity, Islam, Hinduism, Sikhism and Judaism. This will support them to develop positive attitudes of respect towards people from all religions and worldviews.
The principal aim of RE in the Manchester, Salford, Stockport, Tameside and Trafford Agreed Syllabus is:
‘To engage pupils in systematic enquiry into significant human questions which religion and worldviews address, so that they can develop the understanding and skills needed to appreciate and appraise varied responses to these questions, as well as develop responses of their own.’
This should ensure that pupils:
- Know about and understand a range of religions and worldviews.
- Express ideas and insights about the nature, significance and impact of religions and worldviews.
- Gain and deploy the skills needed to engage seriously with religions and worldviews.
Our Curriculum Organisation
2-yr old provision, Nursery and Reception classes follow the EYFS curriculum guidance as well as ‘Development Matters.’ RE activities are derived predominantly from the Understanding the World area of learning.
- At Key Stage 1, the Scheme of Work has been developed from the Manchester, Salford, Stockport, Tameside and Trafford Agreed Syllabus for RE, 2022–2027 and we update our school plans when new issues are published. There is a clear structure for learning in this syllabus, and units are based around the three strands of Believing, Expressing, Living:
Believing – children will learn about religious beliefs, teachings, sources of religion, develop questions about meaning, purpose and truth.
Expressing – children will learn about religious and spiritual forms of expression and develop questions regarding identity and diversity
Living – children will learn about religious practices and ways of living and develop questions about values and commitments.
Each strand is broken down into ‘threads’ so that teachers can see what learning has gone before and what is to follow.
RE is taught as discrete lessons but also through assemblies and other areas of the curriculum. Learning objectives have been mapped and allocated to each year group. These objectives were chosen to best-suit the termly topics, and to reflect continuity and progression in children’s skills, knowledge and understanding through the Key Stage. The Scheme of Work is also underpinned by the school’s Curriculum Drivers of ‘The Seed’, ‘Being Brilliant’ and ‘Sense of Self’.