Religious Education Curriculum Design Statement:
We value all our pupils as the unique individuals they are and endeavour to celebrate them through RE experiences, including collective worship, assemblies and special days. The Boldmere Federation has shared values, vision and rights, which underpin the ethos of the school and impact on the way we teach R.E. We want our children to gain a wider knowledge of the world; to understand something about different communities and faiths; to respect differences and to be able to reflect on their own beliefs/perspective on life, religious or otherwise. At Boldmere, we are an inclusive school recognising that approximately 20% of our children come from minority ethnic backgrounds, therefore it is imperative that our children learn about the diversity of the world around them.
As a Birmingham school, we are required to follow the Birmingham syllabus. In order to enhance this we have researched a variety of schemes and trailed two of them with the staff. We selected discovery R.E as we felt it
met the needs of Boldmere children within our context. We have ensured that this scheme covers all aspects of both British Values and the Birmingham Syllabus. Discovery R.E is a child led scheme providing lots of contexts and resources for teachers and it provides structure, sequence and progression. Formative assessment is built in to lessons to guide next steps and inform planning. Religions are revisited during the cycle of the scheme and
our experience of Discovery RE to date is positive. It allows opportunities for the children to ask deep questions, create links across other curriculum areas and build upon key concepts and skills. R.E in school is enhanced by a robust assembly rota, visitors and visits to churches.
At Boldmere school we believe that having knowledge of the wider understanding of the world is a fundamental aim for all our pupils in the school and enables them to move on the next stage of education equipped to understand and respect the experiences of others.
What does RE look like at Boldmere Junior School?
Discovery RE is an enquiry-based approach which advocates the holistic study on one religion/belief system at a time to avoid confusion, but in due course, children begin to identify similarities and draw comparisons between different faiths. Through the framework of their own experience, the children at Boldmere are given the opportunity to understand and respect the experiences of others, challenge ideas about religion and recognise intolerance.
Children discuss different values and ideas and lead the learning from the initial enquiry. Each module is based on a question pertinent to the religion being studied. The children then draw on their own experiences to help them understand how and why different beliefs are followed. This allows the children to identify with differing ideas based on their own lives, making it more accessible and relevant to them.
For each year group, there are six enquiry modules based on the six principle religions. Christianity is taught as two of these units each year with the others varying slightly from year to year. This builds up a good understanding of all the different religions over the years in a progressive way.
Reverend Gary from St Michael’s church visiting Year 6 to discuss the theme of eternity.
Discovery RE Documents
Religious Education Documents