Religious Education

At The Milford Academy, we aim for our pupils to know about and understand a range of religions and world views enabling them to develop their ideas, values and identity. We aim to enable our children to participate positively in our society which is diverse in relation to religions and world views. Our pupils can articulate clear and coherent accounts of their personal beliefs, ideas, values and experiences while respecting the rights of others to have different view, values and ways of life.

Our Religious Education curriculum uses an Engage, Develop, Innovate and Express approach:

Engage

  • hook learners in with a memorable experience
  • set the scene and provide the context
  • ask questions to provoke thought and interest
  • use interesting starting points to spark children’s curiosity

Develop

  • teach knowledge to provide depth of understanding
  • demonstrate new skills and allow time for consolidation
  • provide creative opportunities for making and doing
  • deliver reading, writing and talk across the curriculum

Innovate

  • provide imaginative scenarios for creative thinking
  • enable and assess the application of previously learned skills
  • encourage enterprise and independent thinking
  • work in groups and independently to solve problems

Express

  • encourage reflective talk by asking questions
  • provide opportunities for shared evaluation
  • celebrate success
  • identify next steps for learning

Curriculum Rationale

EYFS

Pupils should encounter religions and world views through special people, books, times, places and objects. They should listen to and talk about stories. Pupils can be introduced to subject specific words and use all their senses to explore beliefs, practices and forms of expression. They ask questions and reflect on their own feelings and experiences. They use their imagination and curiosity to develop their appreciation of a wonder at the world in which they live.

The themes chosen are in line with the statutory requirements of the EYFS Curriculum.

In EYFS topics are linked to the ‘Seven Areas of Learning’. Theme choice varies and is based on the interests of the children because we have found that this increases engagement and motivation.  These themes also include ‘Let’s Talk about Me’, ‘Let’s Find Out About the World Around Us’ and ‘Let’s Get Creative’.

KS1

The focus of RE for KS1 enables children to develop their knowledge and understanding of religions and world views. They find out about simple examples of religions that are drawn from local, national and global contexts. They should use basic subject specific vocabulary. They should raise questions and begin to express their own views in response to material they learn about in in response to questions about their ideas.

Our Units of work in KS1 are:

KS1 will look at aspects of Christianity, Judaism, Hinduism and Sikhism.

KS2

The focus for RE in KS2 enables pupils to extend their knowledge and understanding of religions and world views, recognising their local, national and global contexts. They should be encouraged to be curious and ask increasingly challenging questions about religion, beliefs, values and human life. Pupils should learn to express their own ideas in response to the material they engage with, identifying relevant information, selecting examples and giving reasons to support their ideas and views.

Our Units of work in Lower KS2 are:

Lower Key Stage 2 we will look at aspects of Christianity, Judaism, Hinduism, Sikhism, Buddhism and Islam.

 Our Units of work in Upper KS2 are:

Upper Key Stage 2 we will look at aspects of Christianity, Judaism, Hinduism, Sikhism, Buddhism and Islam.