Florence Melly Community Primary School
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Religious Education at Florence Melly

Our Religious Education Curriculum 

At Florence Melly we are theologists! We want our children to love religious education and we want them to remember their RE lessons in our school, to cherish these memories and embrace the opportunities they are presented with! We encourage them to grow up wanting to be priests, anthropologists, lecturers and/or social workers! We want them to embody our core values and believe that: “if you can DREAM it, you can do it”.

Our RE subject specific characteristics

Miss Batt, our RE Subject Lead, has developed these subject specific characteristics in RE which we expect the children to demonstrate. They underpin all work in RE lessons, form a focal point for display areas and provide a common subject specific language for all stakeholders. 

At Florence Melly, we are theologists. We have…

  • An outstanding level of religious understanding and knowledge.
  • A thorough engagement with a range of ultimate questions about the meaning and significance of existence.
  • The ability to ask significant and highly reflective questions about religion and demonstrate an excellent understanding of issues related to the nature, truth and value of religion.
  • A strong understanding of how the beliefs, values, practices and ways of life within any religion cohere together.
  • Exceptional independence; the ability to think for themselves and take the initiative in, for example, asking questions, carrying out investigations, evaluating ideas and working constructively with others.
  • Significant levels of originality, imagination or creativity, which are shown in their responses to their learning in RE.
  • The ability to link the study of religion and belief to personal reflections on meaning and purpose.
  • A wide knowledge and deep understanding across a wide range of religions and beliefs. 

Our latest RE activities…

Check out just some of the wonderful, recent activities our children have enjoyed in RE. For example…

A Visit to the Anglican Cathedral in Liverpool 

As part of last week’s whole-school theme of Remembrance, our children had the opportunity to explore and discover the Anglican Cathedral in the city centre. Many of the children had never been there before and they were amazed at the magnitude and magnificence of the building. Robbie, a member of the cathedral’s education team, was kind enough to give up his time and provide a tour and interesting and informative facts. Did you know that the inside of the building is 100 metres high! To Robbie’s surprise one of our children instantly converted this measurement into feet. Miss Byott, our Maths Lead, would be proud!

Bringing RE alive is important at Florence Melly Community Primary School!

Our long-term RE curriculum map

Please use this link to access our long-term RE curriculum map. This outlines the content of our RE curriculum for each year group: Religious Education Long-Term Curriculum Map.

Curriculum intent

At Florence Melly Community Primary School we read, write and think like: authors, mathematicians, scientists, historians, geographers, musicians, artists, linguists, theologists, athletes, digital nomads, designers and technologists. We want our children to have no limits to what their ambitions are and want them to embody our core values. We firmly believe that: “if you can DREAM it, you can do it”.

Our whole-school curriculum offer ‘The Flo Melly Way’ is built around six BIG DREAMS, with our core values sitting at the very heart. Our core values are deeply embedded into the fabric of our school and we use them as the bedrock for all curriculum developments. Here are just some examples of how our BIG DREAMS are applied to our RE curriculum…

  • We build cultural capital by using the vibrancy of Liverpool so that our children learn from and respect other cultures and appreciate what they have. For example, 
  • We enrich pupils time in school with memorable and unforgettable experiences, ensuring equity for all. For example, when we celebrated festivals of light at the Ganesh Temple. What a privilege it was visiting the Ganesh Temple as part of our whole-school celebration of ‘Festivals of Light’. The children spent time during assembly time and their Cultural Capital lessons to explore and celebrate Diwali (a festival celebrated by millions of Hindus, Sikhs and Jains across the world). The enrichment trip gave our children the opportunity to experience a religious festival up close and they chatted with Gurumoory, the priest at the temple, which was an absolute honour.

Curriculum implementation

We implement our BIG DREAMS through three main curriculum drivers. Our RE curriculum forms part of our strong Broad and Balanced Curriculum offer.

Our RE curriculum has been carefully crafted so that the learning opportunities, critical content, DREAM themes and key assessment milestones for each year group are known, understood and owned by our dedicated team. It is suitably progressive and repetitive so that our pupils are taught the right critical content, at the right time, building upon what they already know and want to find out so that knowledge and skills are retained, embedded and transferred to long-term memory. Our RE curriculum has been influenced by SACRE, the agreed syllabus for Liverpool. You can access the Liverpool Revised Agreed Syllabus for Religious Education by clicking this link: Liverpool’s S.A.C.R.E. – Standing Advisory Council for Religious Education.