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Religious Education

Below is an overview of the yearly content of the RE curriculum at MJS and a document showing the progression of teaching and learning across Key Stages 1 & 2.  It is based on the Derbyshire RE Syllabus 2019 Scheme of work.

MJS RE Progression Document


Our RE lessons aim to offer a broad and rich RE curriculum to allow for coverage of the areas prescribed; to allow for a variety of ways to explore religions, their community and personal development and wellbeing. The lessons aim to provide a high quality, coherent and progressive experience of the subject, with scope for cross-curricular learning. Through each unit, children will know about and understand a range of religions and world views. They will be able to identify, investigate and respond to a variety of issues. SMSC (Social, Moral, Spiritual and Cultural), personal growth and community cohesion are featured throughout and are there to ensure opportunities for children to develop positive attitudes and values and to reflect on and relate their learning in RE to their own experiences. The outcome of our teaching and learning is to make sure that children understand the relevance of RE in today’s modern world and how it affects our lives.


We are using the RE lesson ideas and planning in the Derbyshire syllabus 2019 Scheme of work to offer a broad range of study for children studying RE. The syllabus is based around a key question approach, where the questions allow children to access the focus to be studied.  There are detailed outlines of lesson ideas for each question. These support staff in delivering high-quality RE that enables coherence and progression in the pupils’ learning.


We have specific religions to study for each year group – taken from the Derbyshire syllabus 2019 Scheme of work - which give children the chance to learn and revisit knowledge and understanding of these religions.  The syllabus has lesson ideas that give a broad range of study, structure and narrative to be used to support planning.  We have a wide range of learning opportunities about the world’s religions including deeper understanding of their key stories, beliefs and teachings.  There is a unit overview for each year group. 


We believe that the impact of using the Derbyshire syllabus 2019 Scheme of work as the basis of our RE curriculum will be for children to have a better understanding of the religions that make up the UK landscape and how they can learn from and work alongside each other to create community cohesion. All children will be more informed about their position in the world, and the decisions they can make impacting their future. All children in school will be able to talk confidently about their wellbeing, moral and cultural development for the society in which they live. The RE curriculum will promote inquisitive minds, respect, tolerance and understanding for all those around them including themselves.  Our lessons enable high quality discussion, resulting in work to evidence these discussions, showcasing a deep understanding of the main religions of the world, their community and their future. This evidence will be seen through using the correct vocabulary, explanations and respectful opinions, as well as cross-curricular evidence, for example religious and cultural artwork, drama, craft and presentations. Impact will be staff and children enjoying the experience of teaching and learning RE and understanding how it can help them in their future.