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Longcause Community Special School

Longcause Community Special School

Learning for Life


Welcome to R.E at Longcause!

RE lead: Jo Vinecombe (


RE  Curriculum Intent Statement



What will our pupils experience throughout their RE curriculum at Longcause?

The pupils in our school predominantly have Autism and a cognitive delay and often have co-morbid conditions and complex needs.  One of the difficulties our children have is with flexibility of thought. Therefore we want our children, to have even more opportunities to develop flexible thinking outside of their current experience. In addition to their needs they also live in  one of  the less diverse places in the UK and have less opportunities to encounter different ways of life because of this.


Why do we want this? 

We want our pupils to:

  • understand how the world is wider than themselves and their own family. 
  • make sense of their world starting with themselves, their own family culture/community, their local culture/ community, the wider culture nationally and internationally. 
  • understand where they currently belong and opportunities to belong elsewhere at other times in their life.
  • understand that others have many similarities as well as differences in their lives.
  • be tolerant and respectful of others who have different lives, different values and beliefs.
  • have the tools and knowledge necessary to make good choices and live happy, positive lives. 
  • explore and respond sensitively , promoting their personal development by making connections between  core religious/ non religious  concepts and their own experiences.



How will we deliver this?

  • All pupils to be taught RE
  • Termly planning by subject leader (Religious and non religious groups suggested in the syllabus and based on the demographic in the locality are studied. ) Christmas and Easter are studied yearly due to the importance of pupils understanding events in their own life and locality. Additionally term 5/6  each year will be ‘Who am I and Where do I belong?’ topic to support pupils with transitioning and with their understanding of themselves and their peers. See coverage map for further details.  
  • Weekly lessons
  • Daily worship 
  • Assemblies
  • Special celebrations i.e., church visits for harvest, Christmas and Easter. 
  • Visits to places of significance.



Our pupils will have:

  • Increased cultural capital
  • A better capacity to identify right and wrong and  to make good choices
  • More potential for kindness, tolerance, respect and understanding
  • Increased flexible thinking and empathy
  • A sense and understanding of belonging and feelings
  • A better ability to find out about things, express themselves and to reflect 
  • Be better prepared  for the opportunities, responsibilities and experiences of their later lives.


Coverage Map


  We want learning to start from the unique individuality of the pupils and therefore Explorers Primary will begin by learning about themselves as well as engaging with the sensory aspects of festivals celebrated by the school ie, Christmas, Easter, birthdays etc.  The coverage map for other phases ensure a breadth of learning and are based on the demographic in the locality. It allows  for rehearsal of areas, additional breadth, and  progression as it is needed by having different schemes (A-C) for each unit.   

During terms 5 and 6 there is a ' Who am I? Where do I belong unit?' This happens yearly because we feel it is so important for our pupils to revisit this as they change throughout school life. It also supports our pupils through the time of transition to their new classes helping them to understand themselves, their feelings, their likes and dislikes, needs and wants and those of other people. It helps them to understand where they belong, to develop a sense of belonging and to start to think other other places they could or might like to belong.  


RE experiences at Longcause.

Festivals and celebrations.

Three times a year we hold specific celebrations at the local historic church at Plympton St Maurice.  We celebrate Harvest, Christmas and Easter every year. We love to see all the pupils across the school taking part in our celebrations using songs, music and movement,drama and poems. 

We have visitors from 'Open the Book' come to teach us about harvest, Christmas and Easter each year. The children love listening, watching and joining in with the acting and singing!