Religious Education Curriculum
Principles and Purpose of our RE Curriculum
The study of Religious Education is central to building a society that learns from the past and builds to the future. Through RE pupils have a chance to develop culturally, emotionally, intellectually, socially, and spiritually. The study of RE is key to our personal growth and, through the development of effective written and spoken communication, it is the foundation of our learning and our understanding of the world in which we live. In our school RE equips our students to be citizens who can communicate their thoughts and ideas clearly and have the emotional intelligence to listen to and understand the views of others even if those views are counter to their own. By studying international religions and culture we hope that children will develop a love of their world and a deep understanding of the religious and cultural differences that exist.
To enable students to develop a love and appreciation for Religious Education, we deliver a broad and balanced knowledge and skills curriculum looking at major world religions and the culture of the peoples who follow them, as well as the influence of religion on human rights and social justice. We teach an appreciation for the contribution that religion and faith have made to popular culture in Britain and across the world. We want our children to understand how great the great religions have shaped thinking and captured the feeling and ideas of varying periods in time. Our children should leave TRS will an understanding of the importance of an understanding of religion and how it has shaped and continues to shape the world in which we live.
Here we explore these principles in the context of the RE Curriculum:
• Entitlement: All pupils have the right to study the core units of the United Learning RE curriculum, which expose students to key religious and non-religious views that have deeply affected the lives of people.
• Coherence: The RE curriculum is planned with carefully sequenced lessons and aims to provide a narrative to religious and non-religious views. The RE curriculum considers the disciplines which sit underneath the subject and makes powerful links to English, History and Geography in particular.
• Mastery: Students are expected to ‘get better’ at RE as they progress through the curriculum
• Adaptability: The RE curriculum contains core units which all schools are expected to teach, however, we also provide optional units for schools to have flexibility in teaching RE within their local context. Lessons are centrally planned by the Subject Advisor, but schools are expected to adapt these lessons for their local context and the individual classes they teach.
• Representation: The RE curriculum is planned with diversity and inclusion in mind. All students should see themselves within the RE curriculum as it covers a great variety of traditions and perspectives. We also explicitly deal with issues of equality within the curriculum.
• Education with character: Through exposure to the big ideas of religious and non-religious belief, students have explicit opportunities for spiritual, moral, social and cultural development.
For more information regarding the curriculum content, ‘what we teach, why it is taught and when’ please view our curriculum maps below.