Harlands Primary School


Principles for RE Learning at Harlands

At Harlands we base our planning for RE on the ‘Discovery RE’ syllabus.  RE is statutory and sits alongside the National Curriculum.  It is inextricably linked with SMSC (Spiritual, Moral, Social and Cultural) and British Values education.  It also contributes significantly to Literacy skills and many other areas of learning.

RE is compulsory for all children, except for children withdrawn at the request of their parents (The Education Act 2002, section 80).  

Christianity is taught in every year group, developing children’s learning in a progressive way.  Buddhism, Hinduism, Islam, Judaism and Sikhism are also included.  The scheme has been adapted and areas have been selected to support and make links with our topics as part of the creative curriculum at Harlands.  The enquiry approach of ‘Discovery RE’ aims to make RE exciting and engaging for the children.  They are encouraged to think critically and ask questions of a religion as each half term focusses on a ‘Big Question’.

The ‘Discovery RE’ scheme will be extended to EYFS and Key Stage One from September 2018.

Organisation of Learning

Children have timetabled RE sessions each week.  Sometimes these may be extended to build on cross-curricular links.

Skills Development and Assessment

Within each year group and at each Key Stage of ‘Discovery RE’, there are three age-related expectation descriptors for each enquiry.  These focus on personal resonance or reflection, knowledge and understanding and critical thinking in relation to the enquiry question.

Enrichment Opportunities

Where possible, year groups engage the children in visits to places of worship.  These have included visiting a local mosque.  We also have good links with St Wilfrid’s and St. Richard’s churches in Haywards Heath.

Useful Resources

Information about ‘Discovery RE’ - https://discoveryschemeofwork.com/

How ‘Discovery RE’ links with British Values, including mutual respect, democracy, tolerance of those of different faiths and beliefs and the rule of the law - https://discoveryschemeofwork.com/wp-content/uploads/2015/10/Discovery-and-British-Values-Article.pdf