RE lead: Jo Vinecombe (firstname.lastname@example.org)
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:
How will we deliver this?
Our pupils will have:
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.
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!