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RE scheme advice?

Discussion in 'Primary' started by ROSIEGIRL, Dec 4, 2015.


    ROSIEGIRL Lead commenter

    We follow our local RE syllabus but it's not really very good, or maybe just not best suited to our needs - non-denominational school, not many children with experience of faith.

    What I don't like about it is that it jumps about all over the place - it's too confusing for the children and I feel that they never really get a good understanding of different faiths. It's just not cohesive.

    I know we could cover the same objectives in a different way but where do we start? Are there any published schemes that are any good? I would really welcome any advice or suggestions.

  2. purplepearlopal

    purplepearlopal New commenter

    I'm the RE coordinator in my school and I recently asked the school to purchase the Discovery RE scheme. It teaches all the objectives in an enquiry led way and any updates are free of charge. They also do inset which was good as you could invite other schools to attend which made the inset free. Scheme was about £800. Expensive, yes, but it's the best resource for helping non-specialists teach confidently and effectively and it's a one-off cost. Support given for assessment too. Hertfordshire grid for learning also had quite a good (free) scheme but we opted for the above as it was such a good package and taught RE in a more inspiring manner.

    Good luck.
  3. doonessy

    doonessy New commenter

    Try Diocese of Canterbury Schemes of Work. A really good set of plans that doesn't always need a lot of adapting.

    ROSIEGIRL Lead commenter

    Thank you! Funnily enough I was looking at the Discovery scheme earlier today and liked the look of it- I might send off for their inspection copy.
    I'll have a look at the Canterbury scheme too - there are so many 'local' schemes it's hard to know where to start!

  5. vannie

    vannie Star commenter

    We're up North and we follow the new Blackburn Diocese scheme of work. It's very nice and has good progression through the year groups.Teachers and children all like it.

    ROSIEGIRL Lead commenter

    I've used that in the past and liked it!

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