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Religious Education

Arboretum Overview (2014 Curriculum)


Our aims for Religious Education provided at Arboretum Primary School


We aim for RE teaching to be outstanding; with achievement at least good or improving rapidly across a wide range of aspects of the subject.  

To deliver a curriculum that is rich, relevant and engaging, with a strong programme of enrichment activities which bring the world of religion and belief alive for our pupils.

We aim for RE to make an outstanding contribution to the development of pupils’ literacy and oracy skills.

To provide exceptional Subject Leadership, promoting a culture of high expectations and reflective practice.

We aim for our pupils to develop a sense of passion and commitment to RE, linking their study of religion and belief to their own lives.

RE should make an outstanding contribution to pupils’ spiritual, moral, social and cultural development.


Achievement of our pupils in Religious Education


We aim for our pupils to develop an outstanding level of religious literacy; to develop their ability to engage with a range of ultimate questions about the meaning and significant of existence.

Pupils should be given the opportunity to develop their ability to ask significant questions about, and show an impressive understanding of, issues related to nature, truth and value of religion.

We aim to deliver a curriculum which helps our pupils to develop a strong understanding of how the beliefs, values, practices and ways of life within any religion cohere.

Our pupils should have the ability to think for themselves and take the initiative in, for example, asking questions, carrying out their own investigations, evaluating ideas and working constructively with others.

We aim to enable our pupils to show significant levels of originality, imagination or creativity in their responses to their learning in RE.

Pupils should show impressive achievement in linking their study of religion and belief to their exploration of more personal reflections on issues of meaning and purpose.

We aim for progress to be outstanding across a wide range of religions, beliefs and investigations.


Teaching and Learning in Religious Education


Teachers communicate high expectations, enthusiasm and passion about RE to pupils.

Teachers ensure pupils have a clear grasp of the purpose and direction of their learning and how it is extending their subject understanding.

Teachers develop a high level of confidence and expertise both in terms of their specialist knowledge and their understanding of effective learning in RE.

We aim for pupils to secure outstanding progress due to carefully planned, imaginative lessons.

Excellent use is made of a very wide range of engaging and imaginative resources and teaching strategies to stimulate pupils’ active participation in their learning and secure outstanding progress across all aspects of RE.

Questioning and activities challenge pupils to explore beyond the surface and engage with the deeper meaning and significance of religion and belief

Pupils become critical enquirers into the world of religion and belief as a result of teachers encouraging pupils to ask their own questions about issues arising from their study.

Pupils forge strong links between their study of religion and belief and their exploration of more personal reflections on issues of meaning and purpose, because teachers consistently plan and deliver RE very effectively.

Teachers ensure that pupils are actively involved in a clear process of enquiry which secures a progressive, structured development of their understanding of RE.

Assessment and marking engage pupils in a dialogue about their progress and how to extend their understanding and skills. Planning is skilfully adjusted to take account of the outcomes of assessment in order to meet the diverse needs of all the pupils.


Religious Education Curriculum at Arboretum


The imaginative and stimulating RE curriculum is skilfully designed to match the full range of pupils’ needs.

The curriculum is built around the progressive development of pupils’ knowledge, understanding and skills of RE.

Excellent links are forged, through first-hand experience and/or through the use of ICT, to provide pupils with exciting and challenging opportunities to engage with the reality and diversity of religion and belief in the modern world.

The overall curriculum for RE secures a highly effective balance and breadth of study in relation to the agreed syllabus or equivalent expectations.

The curriculum has a clear rationale based on developing pupils’ skills of enquiry into the world of religion and belief.

Highly effective links are forged with other areas of the curriculum, for example English, science, the other humanities and the arts, to enable pupils too see connections between RE and their wider learning.

All aspects of pupils’ spiritual, moral, social and cultural development in the context of RE are at least good, and most are outstanding.

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