At TGMS, our RE lessons are intended to offer a broad and rich RE curriculum to allow for coverage of the areas prescribed and to allow for a variety of ways to explore religions, their community and personal development and wellbeing. The lessons have an intention of providing a high quality, coherent and progressive experience of the subject, with scope for cross-curricular learning. Through each unit, children will know about and understand a range of religions and world views. They will be able to identify, investigate and respond to a variety of issues. SMSC (spiritual, moral, social, cultural development), personal growth and community cohesion are featured throughout each unit and are there to ensure opportunities for children to develop positive attitudes and values and to reflect on and relate their learning in RE to their own experiences. The intent is to make sure that children understand the relevance of RE in today’s modern world and how it affects our lives.
We use Twinkl Planit and Twinkl Life as the basis for our RE lessons to offer a broad range of study for children studying RE. Specific series of lessons for each year group offer structure and narrative, but are not used exclusively; they support teachers’ planning. At TGMS, we offer a wider range of learning opportunities about the world’s religions, including deeper understanding of the origin of those religions and their key stories and teachings. Throughout the whole key stage, emphasis on personal growth and community cohesion is evident, allowing for personal development for the children from their time in KS1 and across their four years in KS2.
The impact of using Twinkl PlanIt and Twinkl Life lessons as the basis of our RE curriculum is that our pupils have a better understanding of the religions that make up the UK landscape and how they can learn from and work alongside each other to create community cohesion. All children will be more informed about their position in the world, and the decisions they can make impacting their future. All children in school will be able to talk confidently about their wellbeing, moral and cultural development for the society in which they live. The RE curriculum will promote inquisitive minds, respect, tolerance and understanding for all those around them, including themselves. Our suggested lessons enable high-quality work to be produced and evidenced, showcasing a deep understanding of the main religions of the world, their community and their future. This evidence will be seen through using the correct vocabulary, explanations and respectful opinions, as well as cross-curricular evidence; for example, religious and cultural artwork, drama, craft and presentations. The impact will be seen by all teachers and children enjoying the experience of teaching and learning RE and understanding how it can help them in their future.
At the end of each term, teachers will decide on a pupil’s level of attainment. They can be judged as the following:
- Working below the age-related expectations (Emerging)
- Working towards the age-related expectations (Developing)
- Working at the age-related expectations (Secure)
- Working above the age-related expectations (Above)
These judgements will be made in line with the National Curriculum. The findings of this monitoring will be used to inform the next steps for the children and the implementation of RE across the school as a whole.