R.E. at Thriplow
R.E. is at the heart of the curriculum at Thriplow. Our belief is that R.E. should be exciting, gritty, reflective,
stimulating, varied and purposeful. We encourage the children think deeply, explore ideas and have the freedom to offer opinion, share ideas and examine different world views, whilst listening to and respecting the thoughts and ideas of their peers.
R.E. teaching focuses for half a year on Christianity and for half a year on other major world faiths: Judaism,
Islam, Sikhism, Hinduism, Buddhism and Humanism. We encourage children to think reflectively on the
beliefs and practices of people of faith and to make links to their own lives and their own beliefs, whatever they may be.
The Christianity units are taken from Understanding Christianity. The key purpose of these materials is ‘to
support pupils in developing their understanding of Christianity, as a contribution to their understanding of the world and their own experience within it’. The materials ensure that there is a clear progression from reception to year 6, building on knowledge and understanding as the children progress up the school.
At Thriplow our aim is that children will be able to talk confidently and with sensitivity about issues
surrounding faith. We teach that all people in our world deserve to be treated with respect, regardless of their
beliefs and how they differ from our own.
Teaching in R.E. follows an enquiry-based learning approach. Each unit is based on a Key Question, with the view to generating more questions as the learning progresses. Each lesson is based on a smaller question which links in to the key question. We recognise that R.E. needs to enable children to ask questions in order to
discover information and to understand the world and their personal position within the world.
R.E. is taught for at least an hour every week. In that time, a variety of teaching methods are used, in order to suit all styles of learners. Children learn through art, drama, music and dance, as well as lots of discussion,
sometimes leading to writing.
R.E. is assessed on a unit by unit basis. Children are assessed at the beginning of a unit on what they already
know about the Key Question and then they are asked to respond to the Key Question again at the end of the unit to show what they have learnt. R.E. is not assessed on how well a child reads or writes (though high
standards are expected of both these things) but on a child’s understanding of the Key Question and their ability to explain their understanding.
We pride ourselves on our R.E. teaching and learning and are confident that the children leave Thriplow in year 6 prepared for life in the modern world where people of different faiths and cultures increasingly live alongside each other. We feel that not only are the children prepared for this world, but will have the skills and knowledge to go out into the world and build relationships with people from different faiths and encourage unity.