Rivers Primary Academy, Livingstone Road, Blakenall, Walsall, WS3 1LY
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religious education at rivers primary academy

Religious Education

At Rivers Primary Academy, we are theologists!

We want our pupils to love R.E and we inspire them to aspire to be anthropologists or  lecturers. We want our pupils to remember their RE lessons and embrace the theological opportunities they are presented with.

Intent:

Our curriculum develops pupils’ aspirations so that they strive to be the best that they can be. The R.E curriculum promotes curiosity and a love and thirst for learning. We aim to enrich our students’ time in our school with memorable experiences. An enquiry approach enables the subject knowledge, skills and vocabulary, coupled with specific Aspire character virtues and learner skills, to be taught so that our pupils have the tools to be successful in learning and in life. We aim for pupils to know about, understand, ask questions and reflect about a range of religions and worldviews   

Implementation:

At Rivers Primary Academy we use the Discovery RE scheme to support our teaching of RE. https://discoveryschemeofwork.com/community/ 

Discovery RE is mapped against the agreed syllabus for Walsall (SACRE) and the planning as a basis for our lessons. Children study Christianity in every year group alongside other religions. Knowledge organisers identify key knowledge and help pupils with remembering more. 

Every year group teaches the main religions. Christianity is taught in every year group plus Buddhism, Judaism, Islam, Hinduism, Sikhism and also includes links to Humanism. 

Each year group has a discovery owl. The idea is that the owls are sources of wisdom and ask children questions and the children can ask them questions also. These are used in every lesson to support the children with their ‘Big Question.’
Within our RE lessons there are themes for each religion. Each theme follows a 4 step enquiry model- Engagement, Investigation, Evaluation and Expression.

 Impact:

We aim for all of our children to leave Rivers Primary equipped with the RE skills and knowledge that will enable them to be ready for the curriculum at KS3 and for life as an adult in the wider world. Cumulative quizzing using questions from the current theme content are created alongside questions aiming to retrieve knowledge from previous learning. Reviews in R.E include work scrutinies, learning walks, pupil and staff voice. All of this information is gathered and reviewed. It is used to inform further curriculum developments and provision is adapted accordingly.