RE Scheme of Work
As a Church of England school, we follow the Diocese guidance with regard to how we teach religious education, the weekly entitlement for RE lessons and our school follows the Understanding Christianity scheme of work for teaching Christianity. We also use the Kent agreed syllabus for the teaching of world faiths.
Each year group experiences 4 terms of the Understanding Christianity scheme and 2 terms of the Kent Agreed Syllabus (KAS) for RE.
The aim & approach
To enable pupils to know about and understand Christianity as a living world faith, by exploring core theological concepts
To enable pupils to develop knowledge and skills in making sense of biblical texts and understanding their impact in the lives of Christians
To develop pupils’ abilities to connect, critically reflect upon, evaluate and apply their learning to their own growing understanding of religion and belief (particularly Christianity), of themselves, the world and human experience.
The approach developed for Understanding Christianity is based on the use of core concepts of Christian belief, as expressed in the Bible and lived out in the lives of Christians today. The core concepts reflect a view that the Bible tells a ‘big story’ of salvation. The approach in RE is to revisit the core concepts throughout the different key stages, deepening pupils’ understanding and making the links to the overall ‘big story’ or ‘salvation narrative’.
This is not the only way to describe Christian thought and practice, and of course there is real diversity within Christianity itself, but it sets a good foundation for understanding the heart of the Christian faith.
The teaching and learning approach enables pupils to engage with a variety of Bible texts in order to explore how Christians understand the core concepts. It explores ways in which Christians might live in the light of these texts, within the Christian community and in their individual lives. It allows pupils to reflect on some of the questions and puzzles that arise from the Bible, and to consider any implications or connections with their own lives and ways of understanding the world.
These materials incorporate activities that explore Christian response(s) to the biblical text, as well as the pupils’ own responses, whether they are Christian, atheist, agnostic, or from a faith tradition other than Christianity.
The approach and resources offer a wealth of ideas and materials for a serious engagement with Christianity in RE, in a coherent and systematic way.
Religious Education Quality Mark
We are very proud that The Downs CEP School was awarded the silver RE quality mark after our last RE inspection.
There are only 26 schools in the whole country who have been awarded silver, and we are one of only three in Kent to have received this.