Aim: That pupils learn about from and about religion, so they can understand the world around them.
The curriculum drivers: Vocabulary, Identity, Locality and Personality (VILP) tackle the challenges our pupils face and are interwoven throughout the learning.
Vocabulary: Pupils need the key vocabulary of the different religions to be able to discuss, explain and participate in critical thinking.
Identity: To know ourselves now we can draw on the learning from different religions. This helps us build confidence in ourselves and builds resilience when challenged about our views and thoughts.
Locality: Our local churches and religious spaces define our community, and we are part of that community.
Personality: We learn about people from all different religions; learning about significant figures who have inspired and changed the world for the better.
Our curriculum is structured and supported through the use of the Cornwall Agreed Syllabus for RE as well as the understanding Christianity scheme. RE is taught weekly, focusing on the knowledge and skills in the National Curriculum.
Through their R.E. learning, the children are able to;
- to make links between their own lives and those of others in their community and in the wider world
- develop an understanding of other people’s cultures and ways of life
- extend their knowledge and understanding of religions and beliefs
- develop a religious vocabulary and interpret religious symbolism in a variety of forms
- reflect on questions of meaning, offering their own thoughtful and informed insights into religious and secular world-views
- explore ultimate questions of beliefs and values in relation to a range of contemporary issues in an ever-changing society
RE is taught as a discrete subject in blocked units. When planning and delivering RE lessons, teachers consider the unique circumstances of Halwin School alongside the needs of the pupils in their class. There are opportunities for assessment build into each lesson, enabling teacher to identify where further reinforcement of key concepts may be required.