At Mayplace, we recognise that for our pupils, the place of RE in their lives is ever-changing, but that some things remain a constant. Every pupil finds their own beliefs and values to live by, whether they be religious or secular beliefs. Across our RE curriculum at Mayplace, we equip our pupils with substantive knowledge across the major religious and philosophical worldviews through the exploration of key questions. We encourage them to think creatively and to critically reflect on their own ideas, the ideas taught as well as the ideas of others. In doing so, our pupils build up the relevant skills and attitudes through the knowledge and personal growth gained from their study that prepare them to become the global citizens of the future.
Our curriculum is designed to engage and challenge all pupils and embeds the main principal aim of RE as set out in the 2021-26 London Borough of Bexley Agreed Syllabus to achieve broad and balanced teaching. This is that ‘The principal aim of RE is to engage pupils in systematic enquiry into significant human questions which religion and worldviews address, so that they can develop the understanding and skills needed to appreciate and appraise varied responses to these questions, as well as develop responses of their own.’
At Mayplace, our curriculum is mapped out and taught so that our pupils learn and make progress through engaging with different religious and worldview question enquiries.
For our pupils, RE fosters open-mindedness, individuality, togetherness and respect as they engage with different philosophical and religious views through the key questions studied. The key strands overarching our curriculum are: beliefs, living and expression. Our RE curriculum encourages our pupils to aspire to learn more and think openly as well as to inspire those around them. The skills linked to our key questions enable our pupils to engage with both the substantive knowledge of RE, as well as the personal knowledge gained from their individual learning journey. In doing so, our pupils are equipped with different ways of knowing and thinking, for example through critical reflection or thought activities, discussions and enactments.
As stated in our Mayplace Curriculum Intent, we want our pupils to make informed choices and feel inspired to engage with their own heritage and local community. As teachers, we remain aware of our globalised world and the issues our planet faces. Class teachers are innovative in ensuring that current affairs and aims of the Global Goals are fed through the pupils learning experiences in order to further the achievement of the principal aim of RE.