RE and First STEPS

Here at TGPAMV we believe that through their work in RE, pupils will learn that religions have a commitment to morality and social justice, to responsible stewardship of the environment and to deepening the experience of being human.

Promoting social and ethnic harmony and awareness of British values is important, and RE (based on the Coventry and Warwickshire Agreed Syllabus 2017-2022), PSHE (using the Jigsaw Scheme) and First STEPS Curriculum all work together and have a significant contribution to make to this. Through the pupils’ studies, visits to places of worship and meeting people from religious and belief communities, our aim is for all pupils to come to an informed and empathetic understanding of different groups which will help promote cohesion and integration. Pupils should explore British values in relation to religions and beliefs.

We want pupils to develop their levels of religious literacy and conceptual understanding; able to articulate, with confidence, their ideas about religion, beliefs and spirituality – and then to change their minds, if they choose to do so. We want them to be able to reflect on some of the fundamental questions about being human and to be open to change, appreciation and challenge.

At Tudor Grange Primary Academy Meon Vale, we aim to make RE an exciting subject, which makes an inestimable contribution to the lives of pupils, and therefore to their communities and to society. We want the pupils to be able to reflect on some of the fundamental questions about being human and to be open to change, appreciation and challenge.

Aims of First STEPS:

The principal aim of RE and First STEPS is to engage pupils in systematic enquiry into significant human questions which religion and worldviews address, so that they can develop the understanding and skills needed to appreciate and appraise varied responses to these questions, as well as develop responses of their own.

First STEPS fundamentals

The 5 Principles of Learning through STEPS:

  1. Sociology – To understand the development, the structure, and the function of the world I live in
  2. Theology – To understand my beliefs and the beliefs of others and systems that have been developed from them
  3. Ethics – To be able to decide what is right and wrong based on my personal moral principles.
  4. Politics – To understand the governance of the world around me and my role within it.
  5. Social Studies – To develop knowledge, skills, and attributes to live a happy and healthy life

Through STEPS we aim to give each child an understanding of these 5 Principles through a discussion based curriculum. Each lesson is based on a ‘big’ question to ‘hook’ them into the lesson. The aim is that every STEPS lesson would link to one or more of these STEPS learning principles and the STEPS curriculum is supplementary to the RE Curriculum and the PSHE Curriculum.