At St. Matthew’s we aim to offer a high-quality R.E education which will explore the important roles that religious and non-religious worldviews play in all human life. R.E should inspire pupils’ curiosity to know and learn about world beliefs and beliefs in their community. Teaching should equip pupils to investigate beliefs and practices, address questions of meaning, purpose and values and investigate how religions and other worldviews influence morality, identity and diversity. R.E helps pupils to understand the diversity of people’s beliefs, the world they live in, the diversity of societies and relationships between different groups, as well as their own identity.
Our R.E units of work are aligned with Bradford Agreed syllabus expectations; it is planned and delivered in a systemic and progressive way. The units of work promote curiosity, questioning and an understanding of the faiths of Christianity and Islam in KS1 and introducing Judaism and Sikhism in KS2 alongside developing an understanding non-religious approaches to life. Along with the Bradford syllabus, we also use some units of work from the ‘Understanding Christianity’ documents. The units we focus on are Incarnation and Salvation.
R.E at St Matthew’s is taught discreetly on a weekly basis. By the end of each unit of work, teachers assess the pupils' understanding through suggested assessments at the end of each unit. Pupils are also assessed in each lesson against the Learning Objective. Pupils are made aware of the Big Question for the unit and this is referred to in weekly R.E lessons.
Our R.E curriculum enables pupils to make connections, revise, recap previous religious knowledge and build upon the knowledge they already have, through the progression visible throughout the school from Reception to Year Six.
Each unit of work inspires curiosity, promotes questioning the world we live in and develop an understanding and mutual respect amongst the diverse people in our world.