RE is highly valued across the school. The curriculum is clearly planned and excellently delivered. There is a commendable focus on academic rigour and personal growth, as pupils and staff, ‘learn, reflect and respond’ to the ‘big questions’ raised both personally and in relation to others. (SIAMS report 2020)
Proud to be … forever Pilgrim
I have come in order that you might have life—life in all its fullness. (John 10:10)
This is the precept upon which our Pilgrim School is founded. We are committed to enabling each member of our community to flourish.
Our Pilgrim vision is the driving force behind our curriculum as we explore together the two fundamental questions of,
'Who are we?' and 'How do we live?'
The Pilgrim RE curriculum enables us to consider our identity in the light of our own beliefs, those of our community and the wider world.
Learning at The Pilgrim School is rooted in Character Education: the philosophy with which to develop essential, powerful and procedural knowledge alongside attributes in order to flourish both as individuals and also as a society.
Our curriculum interests are led by our identity as a Christian school, capitalising imaginatively on the context of the current affairs, heritage, experiences, and aspirations of our children (and staff), their community and their generation within the wider world.
The Pilgrim curriculum is a broad, balanced, and relevant education that provides continuity and progression and takes individual differences into account.
At Pilgrim, pupils and their families can expect a high quality religious education (RE) curriculum that is rich and varied, enabling learners to acquire a thorough knowledge and understanding of a range of faiths and world views. As a church school, the teaching of Christianity is at the heart of our RE curriculum.
Please click on the link below to read further details in our RE Policy.
Through the Understanding Christianity resource, the use of an enquiry approach engages with significant theological concepts and the pupil’s own understanding of the world as part of their wider religious literacy. Using the Medway Agreed Syllabus we learn about other religions and world views, fostering respect for them. Links with our Christian values and vision, and support for pupil’s spiritual, moral, social and cultural (SMSC) development are intrinsic to our RE curriculum and have a significant impact on learners. When pupils have additional needs, we work to enable each child to overcome learning barriers and help create a pathway to success. Where necessary, targets can be included on the individual’s school-based plan which is used to monitor interventions and targeted support.
We provide a wide range of opportunities for learners to understand and to make links between the beliefs, practices and value systems of the range of faiths and world views studied. One of the places we plan to implement this learning is in our new Story Tent.
"An opportunity to gather, to hear, tell and explore stories to deepen an understanding of the beliefs of those who 'sit' in the tent with you. The Story Tent is a safe place to ask questions, break down misconceptions and build friendships."
At The Pilgrim School we value the opportunity to explore religious stories and texts, considering their possible interpretations across faith boundaries.
We may not always agree but we can learn to ‘disagree better’.
RE Outline Curriculum Plan
RE Progression of Knowledge and Skills for EYFS and KS1
RE Progression of Knowledge and Skills for KS2
RE Pilgrim Progress
The ‘Pilgrim Progress’ is a bespoke series of documents which forms the backbone of our own curriculum, ensuring appropriate subject coverage and expectation, whilst allowing for personalisation particular to our Pilgrim children.
RE has a high profile within our school curriculum and is comparable with other core curriculum areas. Quality teaching in RE helps generate respect for different views and interpretations where real dialogue takes place. Our children become religiously literate learners who develop and use a wide range of higher level skills such as enquiry, analysis, interpretation, evaluation and reflection to deepen their understanding of the impact of religion and world views as lived by believers. Key cross-curricular skills such as reading, writing, observation, and discussion are practised.
Further details of the impact of our RE can be found in our latest SIAMS report - please click the link below.
Click on the links below to see some examples of our RE work