Curriculum Leader: Mrs Susan Cook
Intent: We follow the Lincolnshire Agreed Syllabus for Religious Education. Religious Education (RE) is taught to all children at Theddlethorpe Academy. The aim of Religious Education is to help children to acquire and develop knowledge and understanding of Christianity and the other principal religions represented in Great Britain; to appreciate the way that religious beliefs shape life and our behaviour, develop the ability to make reasoned and informed judgements about religious and moral issues and enhance their spiritual, moral, social and cultural development. Religious Education is taught throughout the school, including Early Years, in such a way as to reflect the overall aims, values, and philosophy of the school.
Through the R.E. lessons the children are able to make links between their own lives and those of others in their community and in the wider world. R.E. acts as a hub between social aspects of learning, science and geography, and through R.E. our children are developing an understanding of other people’s cultures and ways of life, which they are then able to communicate to the wider community. Therefore R.E. offers our children the means by which to understand how other people choose to live and to understand why they choose to live in that way.
What approach do we take to teaching Religious Education? Most curriculum subjects are taught through a thematic approach. For example, the theme topic may focus on Life in Ancient Greece; Around the World in 80 Days; The Animal Kingdom, amongst many other areas. Our medium-term plans then identify the following, where staff will ensure coverage and skills across the curriculum subject areas, including, where appropriate, Religious Education – due to the nature of the subject, much of Religious Education, will be taught separately, but links are made as and when appropriate:
Alongside this, we use Milestones for teachers and Curriculum Leaders to monitor coverage and track progress across the curriculum, ensuring appropriate sequencing is in place. We use the milestones created by Chris Quigley Education, in conjunction with our thematic planning to ensure the children develop their knowledge and skills as they move from Early Years through to Key Stage 1 and 2. If you click on the tabs below, you will see the milestones for Early Years; Years 1 & 2; Years 3 & 4 and Years 5 & 6.