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RE at Moor Allerton Hall Primary School

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MAHPs RE Intent

Spiritual, Moral, Social and Cultural Development

Our RE curriculum nurtures the ‘Golden Thread’ which runs through all aspects of Moor Allerton Hall Primary School’s life: children’s spiritual, moral, social and cultural development. We are proud of the diversity of religious and non-religious that are represented in our wider school community and we see this as a real strength which prepares children for life in a world where there are a multitude of viewpoints. We want them to enjoy developing their understanding of themselves, others and the surrounding world. Our RE curriculum leads our pupils to exploring their commonality and diversity. Our intention is that this will then lead pupils to celebrate common humanity.

Skills and Knowledge

Children learn about several religious and non-religious viewpoints through our carefully planned curriculum which is based on the Leeds RE Syllabus entitled ‘Believing and Belonging’. Our RE Curriculum allows children to explore the rich heritage of faiths and beliefs but also the opportunity to develop critical and reflective skills that will support each student in discovering their own journey of purpose and meaning.

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Implementing RE at MAHPs

Teacher Professional Development

Our RE curriculum is based on the Leeds RE syllabus, ‘Believing and Belonging’ which is planned and sequenced to develop deep, lasting learning and builds upon prior knowledge, which our children can use today, tomorrow and for the rest of their lives.

Our teachers are delivered professional development that ensures they create an RE curriculum in such a way that avoids teaching about every belief and religion which would only leave children with superficial caricatures of a religion. Instead, we believe in a curriculum that allows our pupils to ‘linger longer’ and ‘dig deeper’ in a spiral curriculum where children revisit religious and non-religious world views to gain a deeper understanding.

Planning and Teaching RE

The subject is taught in units which consist of about 5 or 6 lessons in each. The lessons are planned in a way which allows students to use their learning muscles, develop a love of learning and enhances their cultural development.

Our content covers the following religious and non-religious world views:

  • Abrahamic faiths:
    • Islam
    • Christianity
    • Judaism
  • Dharmic faith:
    • Sikhi world view
  • Non-religious world view:
    • Humanist
    • Other non-religious viewpoints are weaved into most units

Educational Trips and Activities

To nurture pupils’ love for learning and curiosity about the world, faith visits and visitors are an essential part of the learning experience which are incorporated into our long term plans. These wider experiences make learning both memorable and provide a variety of first-hand experiences for our children, to spark their interest and relate new learning to their own experience. Special RE assemblies to mark significant religious events take place across the whole school and in classes; these are delivered by senior leaders, class teachers and visitors.

Measuring the Impact of our RE Curriculum

Teacher Assessment

Our RE curriculum is high quality, well thought out and is planned to demonstrate progression.

The children make progress by knowing more, remembering more and being able to do more. They need to transfer and embed key concepts into their long-term memory and apply them fluently.

We measure the impact of our curriculum in the following ways:

  • Children demonstrate a positive attitude towards people of any religion and show an understanding of cultural beliefs different to their own.
  • They demonstrate respectful behaviour to all and this is transferable outside of school in the wider community and beyond.
  • Interviewing the pupils about their learning (pupil voice).
  • Pupil’s books are scrutinised and there is the opportunity for a dialogue between teachers to understand their class’s work.
  • Children can discuss and compare the lives of people they have studied from a variety of different religions.

    The following skills are used, in order to strengthen the skills and deepen the understanding and knowledge taught: investigating, reflecting, recalling and retelling, exploring, discussing and empathising.  

    Attitudes which are fundamental to RE are: curiosity and wonder, commitment, fairness, respect, self- understanding, open-mindedness, critical mindedness and enquiry. These work alongside the SMSC links and British Values implemented within school as a whole.

MAHPs RE Curriculum Overview

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