Overview of Curriculum Subjects: RE

Overview of Curriculum Subjects
Our RE curriculum is taught through two distinct schemes:
  • Understanding Christianity (to teach the Christianity section of our curriculum)
  • The Emmanuel Project (to teach other religions in our curriculum)
We teach a range of subjects in a similar way. Each of these subjects are taught as discrete subjects. This is because we are working on developing a child's schema in that subject. 
Please see our school curriculum model overview for more information. 
For each subject there are milestones. Milestone 1 is reached at the end of Year 2 and Milestone 2 is reached at the end of Year 4. During these two years of working towards a milestone, the children learn the fundamentals of knowledge (the basic knowledge) in the first year and then deepen their knowledge in the second year of working towards the milestone (this is the advancing stage with some children moving to the deep stage of understanding).
Year 1 Year 2 Year 3 Year 4
Milestone 1
Milestone 1
(Advancing & Deep)
Milestone 2
Milestone 2
(Advancing & Deep)
We use mini topics to continue to to develop our understanding of key concepts within a milestone. During these mini topics, we can refer back to previous learning and make links to previous learning.
Throughout their time in working towards a milestone, children are also progressing in their vocabulary.

Understanding Christianity

Understanding Christianity is a teaching and learning approach to enable pupils to move from an understanding of the biblical text and how to handle it, to an understanding of what this means for Christians within the Church and in Christian living, including opportunities for pupils to examine and evaluate connections between these ideas and the wider world.

The Concepts: a spiral curriculum

Understanding Christianity: Teaching & Learning Approach

By addressing key questions, Understanding Christianity encourages pupils to explore core Bible texts, examine the impact for Christians and consider possible implications. Each unit incorporates the three elements:

  • Making sense of the text – Developing skills of reading and interpretation; understanding how Christians interpret, handle and use biblical texts; making sense of the meanings of texts for Christians
  • Understanding the impact – Examining ways in which Christians respond to biblical texts and teachings, and how they put their beliefs into action in diverse ways within the Christian community and in the world
  • Making connections – Evaluating, reflecting on and connecting the texts and concepts studied, and discerning possible connections between these and pupils’ own lives and ways of understanding the world.
Reception Curriculum Overview
Year 1 & 2 Curriculum Overview
Year 3 & 4 Curriculum Overview