Overview - Discovery RE (part of the Jigsaw scheme)
Discovery RE focuses on critical thinking skills, on personal reflection into the child’s own thoughts and feelings, on growing subject knowledge and nurturing spiritual development. Each half term begins with a 'key question' about one of the six major world religions. This then follows a four step progressive lesson plan throughout the term, which makes RE both relevant to today and explorative to questions the children may have around this key question.
The four steps in a unit of learning:
Step One: Engagement
The human experience underpinning the key question is explored here within the children’s
own experience, whether that includes religion or not.
Step Two: Investigation
The class teacher guides the children through the key question and children gain subject knowledge (the factual base about the religion), carefully selected to assist their thinking.
Step Three: Evaluation
This lesson draws together the children’s learning and their conclusions about the key
question. This is an assessment task, set by the class teacher.
Step four: Expression
Children are encourage to reflect on their own experience and how the learning from the unit might have influenced their own starting point/beliefs.
Although the teaching of RE is compulsory, The Education Act allows parents with other faiths the right to withdraw their children from RE lessons and from assemblies. Parents are asked to contact the Headteacher in this regard and appropriate arrangements will be made to support the circumstances of each request.
Attached below is an overview of what key questions children learn in each year group. If you have any questions about the content covered, please do not hesitate to contatc your child's class teacher.