Our RE subject lead is Miss Dobson.
At Tow Law Millennium Primary our intent for Religious Education is that our children develop a deeper understanding of the six major world religions, making sense of religion and belief, at an appropriate level of challenge for their age. We intend to help our children to build upon their knowledge and understanding and to develop sensitivity, empathy and communication with people who may hold different beliefs to their own. This begins in our EYFS where children begin to explore the world of religion in terms of special people, books, times, places and objects and by visiting local places of worship. Pupils in our school generally have a very inquisitive and respectful attitude towards other cultures, however our school is located in a predominantly white British area, therefore our pupils have limited personal experience of other cultures. Our curriculum addresses these limitations through first hand experiences, as well as including diversity units within our long term plan, as we seek to extend our pupils’ experiences. Our Religious Education curriculum is matched to the needs of our pupils and is in line with the 2020 Durham Agreed Syllabus for R.E. Each key stage has key religions to focus upon, whilst maintaining Christianity as the main area of study throughout school.
Religious Education at Tow Law Millennium Primary is taught either in blocks or weekly lessons throughout the year. Teachers have identified the key knowledge and skills of each blocked topic and consideration has been given to ensure progression across units throughout each year group across the school, in line with the Durham Agreed Syllabus 2020. The sequence of learning ensures that lessons are relevant and takes account of children’s different starting points. Progression of knowledge, understanding and personal reflection is interwoven into each lesson. Consideration is given to how greater depth will be taught, learnt and demonstrated within each lesson, as well as how learners will be supported in line with the school’s commitment to inclusion and equality. Throughout Religious Education lessons, all religious beliefs are treated with equal respect. We value the links, which are made between home, school, and throughout the North East. We acknowledge and appreciate that each religion studied can contribute to the education of all our pupils and seek to broaden their experiences beyond that of our immediate area. We promote teaching in Religious Education that stresses open enquiry and first-hand experiences wherever possible (which can be seen through our two-year rolling programme of visits). Where required, CPD is provided to staff members to increase confidence and knowledge when teaching religious education.
Outcomes in Religious Education books evidence a broad and balanced RE curriculum and demonstrate children’s acquisition of identified key knowledge and vocabulary. Through the use of pupil voice, personal reflection is evident and respect and sensitivity towards others who may have differing beliefs to their own. Children are taught to value and respect the religious backgrounds of all people in our school, wider community and beyond, asking thoughtful questions about the beliefs of others as well as questioning and reflecting upon their own thoughts and ideas. At Tow Law Millennium, the monitoring of foundation subjects is carried out following the whole school annual monitoring programme. The subject coordinator also monitors progress, evidence and pupil voice termly.
Please follow this link to view our curriculum policies.