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Eskdale Junior School

Think like a … Person of Faith!


Our curriculum is underpinned by our five core values, supporting pupils' academic and personal development, making learning and knowledge gain meaningful, developing pupils’ character and preparing them to be successful Eskdalers now and into the future. We achieve this by introducing pupils to the idea of our ‘Think like a..’ approach to their learning, enabling them to become a little more ‘expert’.

 ‘Think like a…’, including talk, write and read like a Person of Faith is central to pupils' learning and designed to develop pupil oracy and vocabulary skills to enable them to use religious language meaningfully when talking about Religious Education.

 When reading like a Person of Faith, pupils have opportunities to read across the curriculum to support the knowledge and vocabulary to be gained in the subject of Religious Education.

 When Thinking like a Person of Faith, pupils will acquire knowledge, and enable them to skilfully attempt and apply their understanding. The Religious Education curriculum is in line with the Locally Agreed Syllabus (The Agreed Syllabus for RE in Nottingham City and Nottinghamshire). Our curriculum is split into the main world religions, including Christianity, Hinduism, Judaism, Sikhism and Islam. Pupils revisit the religion of Christianity each year throughout their Primary journey at increasing degrees of challenge and complexity.

 In addition to the substantive knowledge required for each religion, pupils will be taught knowledge and skills within the key concepts of religious development: Incarnation, Salvation, Beliefs, Prayer and worship, Pilgrimage and festivals.

To ensure that pupils are equipped with the knowledge and skills to think critically, reflect on their own thoughts and feelings, grow their own subject knowledge and nurture their spiritual development Religious Education is taught through the school’s process model:

  • Engagement-Introduction to main question and link to children’s personal thoughts and feelings.
  • Investigation- Developing an understanding of the religion being studied and looking in depth at parts of the religion to support answering the main question.
  • Evaluation- Use of knowledge gained to answer the main question in a variety of ways.
  • Expression- Drawing all learning together and linking back to the children’s own beliefs and understanding.

The teaching of Religious Education is delivered through our method of teaching (pedagogy) incorporates meta-cognitive strategies to enable all pupils to retain the learning of knowledge. This is typically applied by:

  • Activating Prior Knowledge
  • Small step teaching delivery
  • Independent practice
  • Feedback

How we adapt the R.E Curriculum for SEND Pupils

As part of our quality first approach to teaching, we use a range of strategies to support SEND pupils to access the R.E curriculum. The document below details examples of the adaptations that are made to support pupils in class.