Religious Education is a core subject at Emmaus and our Christian character and values permeate our approach to every subject and topic in school. Our RE lessons are taught using ‘Come and See’, a Catholic primary religious education programme. This programme informs each topic through: Explore, Reveal and Respond. Ten percent of the weekly timetable is allocated to Come and See.
This introduces the topic, helping the children to begin to look at and focus on the experience within their own lives – concerning themselves, their relationships and their world.
• Exploring experiences through story, music, drama, dance, art, etc.
• Story telling
• Consideration of the big questions
• Becoming aware of the questions raised
• Reflecting on significance of these experiences.
Explore is expected to take one week to complete.
Reveal is the heart of the process. The teacher and the children together discover the Christian understanding of the mystery of the Trinity; Father, Son and Holy Spirit. It involves learning about Scripture, the teaching of the Church, prayers, hymns and other expressions of Christian faith.
• new knowledge of religious education
• reflecting on faith
• researching, collating and classifying
• discussing questions raised
• working with problems and grappling with puzzling experiences
• exploring in creative and practical ways through drama, writing, poetry, song, dance, music, ICT and service of others
• making links between Christian understanding and the shared life experience
• acknowledging and respecting difference
• being open to new perspectives
Reveal is expected to take two weeks to complete.
‘Remember’ is the first part of this section. The children will respond by remembering and celebrating all that they have learnt. This new understanding will enable them to make a personal response in their daily lives. This is followed by providing the opportunity for the children to remember what they have understood and learnt.
• creating a quiet, prayerful atmosphere for reflection
• looking at and thinking about the work done
• sharing thoughts and feelings.
‘Rejoice’ is the second part of the section. There will be the opportunity to plan and take part in a celebration. It will be essential to involve the children in the choice of material to be used in the celebration, as guided by the Come and See programme.
‘Renew’ is the third and final part of the section, the teacher helps each child to make an individual response, including what they have understood of the topic. In this part the children will think about how they can apply their learning to their lives. Older children can be offered the opportunity to write or draw in their personal notebooks.
Respond is expected to take one week to complete.
Power of Reading
At Emmaus, we use ‘Power of Reading’ as the starting point for our writing lessons. Power of Reading is an approach that puts a high-quality shared text at the centre of writing lessons. It uses a shared text so that all children have the same access to a rich vocabulary and exciting stories. Writing lessons are then designed to help children to ‘inhabit the world of the text’- to place themselves within the story. Power of Reading suggests a series of different techniques, including using artwork and drama to help enrich children’s writing. Staff at Emmaus adapt and alter Power of Reading to fit the needs of their class. We have a two year rolling cycle, so that all children experience the same books during their time in each phase.
Teaching Focus 2018 - 2019
Throughout 2018 – 2019 the Inspire maths programme will be used as the basis for our maths teaching throughout Emmaus. Inspire Maths is based on maths mastery which follows systematic principles and methods of teaching and learning mathematics. The scaffolding of mathematics is key to every classroom and this style of teaching and the use of CPA (concrete-pictorial-abstract) creates a systematic pathway that is followed throughout school allowing children extensive opportunities to work on their mathematical skills. This approach develops the children’s understanding by building knowledge and mathematical vocabulary year on year. The Inspire programme covers all the key mathematical concepts and supports learning by the continuous development of problem solving and critical thinking skills. Mathematical fluency is key to the mastery teaching approach the Emmaus staffing team enable our children to approach maths with a positive attitude, developing a ‘Growth Mind-set’ by taking on maths challenges.
Science is taught in accordance with the 2014 National Curriculum and is delivered within a cross-curricular topic in KS1; making links with other subjects. In KS2, Science programmes of study are taught discretely, with topics changing every half term. Children are encouraged to develop a sense of curiosity and excitement about the world around them through the use of appropriate resources, fieldwork and first-hand enquiry that promote questioning and exploration. Pupils are given the opportunity to develop their scientific knowledge and understanding of scientific ideas, processes and skills. Also to consider how science affects the world on a personal, national and global level, and to consider the positive and negative impacts of scientific developments. As part of our school’s unique Catholic and Church of England status we also reflect on God’s presence in each scientific phenomenon. Science is assessed at the end of each key stage using the end of key stage exemplification statements.
At Emmaus, we are developing a curriculum of enquiry- we want children to wonder, to question and to be curious. We want to place question-making at the heart of what the children learn. This is already established in our Philosophy for Children (P4C) and science enquiry lessons in school. To achieve this, we recognise that the children need a rich curriculum of core knowledge to base their enquiries on. We are looking at how we develop this further to our cross-curricular topic lessons.
To achieve this, our enquiries aim to:
- Be based on a curriculum of core knowledge
- Look for opportunities to develop the children’s interests and be placed within the context of the child’s understanding.
- Be question-led, nurturing children’s questioning skills and reinforcing how different types of questions serve different purposes.
- Solve a problem or create an end product.
- Allow the children to express their opinions in different ways, including how to agree and disagree in a reasoned manner.
- Foster our six learning behaviours (resilience, respectfulness, readiness to learn, resourcefulness, reflectiveness, responsiveness).
We have four different stages of topic teaching to help us to structure the children’s learning: See the attachment below.
The Foundation Stage follows good practice from the EYFS Strategy and plans topics around the children's interest. This means we do not have a topic plan set out for the year. The staff identify the children's interests and then use "Cornerstones Curriculum" topics to engage and excite the children in their learning.