The intent of our RE curriculum is to deliver a curriculum which will maximise the outcomes for every child so that they know more, remember more and understand more. As a result of this, they will become independent and responsible members of a society who understand and explore big questions about life, to find out what people believe and what difference this makes to how they live, so that they can make sense of religion, reflecting on their own ideas and ways of living. We provide our children with opportunities for them to learn about and from religions and worldviews in local, national and global contexts, to discover, explore and consider different answers to these questions. They will be equipped with systematic knowledge and understanding of a range of religions and worldviews, enabling them to develop their ideas, values and identities. Our children are encouraged to develop an aptitude for dialogue so that they can participate positively in our society, with its diverse religions and worldviews.
At Berwick Middle School we have designed a curriculum subject with appropriate subject knowledge, skills and understanding as set out in the Discovery RE Syllabus so that children can reach and exceed their potential to learn more, understand more and remember more. Our school follows the Programme of Study for RE as suggested in the Discovery RE Syllabus and has a scheme of work that reflects this for each Key Stage. During each Key Stage pupils are taught knowledge, skills and understanding through learning about Christians, Muslims, Hindus, Sikhism, Buddhism, Jewish and Humanist people.
RE is taught weekly and we use a range of teaching and learning styles, including activities such as discussion, role-play, religious stories, games, problem-solving activities, use of artifacts and outdoor learning. At Berwick Middle School, children are informed about a variety of religious festivals that take place throughout the year to demonstrate how people with different religious beliefs live and worship alongside each other.
At Berwick Middle School, we envision RE curriculum impacting the pupils in the following ways:
- 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