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Intent, Implementation and Impact


At The Berkeley Academy when teaching RE we intend to support all children to develop an understanding of the place that religion plays in people’s lives. We aim to learn from different religions and beliefs and endeavour that children are free to make their own choices and decisions concerning religion and belief. RE does not try to persuade but rather to inform and develop the skills with which evaluation can take place. We encourage children to share their knowledge and experience with others.



At The Berkeley Academy, RE is taught to all age groups mainly through weekly lessons to ensure we meet the expected time allocation and the curriculum coverage it needs to fully explore the subject. We use the ‘Discovery RE’ Scheme as a main resource, which is supplemented with other resources to provide first hand experiences for the children. In total, we cover twenty-seven Christianity units, four Judaism units, two Hinduism units, five Islam units and four free units.  This grounding prepares and ensures that our pupils have a similar experience and knowledge to other pupils in Cheshire East area, for their continuing academic journey at high school. These units are covered through using an enquiry question each half term. To enhance the learning of RE, we encourage learning about religious experiences, such as, visiting the local church, meeting religious speakers and handling real artefacts, learning through stories and drama where possible.



We believe that the impact of using ‘Discovery RE’ is for children to have a better understanding of the religions that make up the UK landscape and how they can work from and alongside each other to create a cohesive community. The RE curriculum will promote inquisitive minds, respect, tolerance and understanding for all those around them including themselves. Our plans enable high quality work to be produced and evidenced, 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 art work, drama, craft and presentations. Impact will be seen by all teachers and children enjoying the experience of teaching and learning RE and understanding how it can help them in their future.