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At Newhall Community Junior School, we use the Jigsaw scheme. Pupils should gain a coherent knowledge and understanding of RE through a worldview approach. We aim to provide appropriate challenges for all pupils across school. We use key questions to develop the use of Religious enquiry. We also aim to develop the acquisition and application of key subject knowledge, concepts and vocabulary throughout. 


We encourage and guide our children to make links between topics taught across school. Where possible, we aim to build on prior knowledge and teach RE in a cross-curricular manner.  


Across school, our Christianity units of RE build upon prior knowledge and reflection through the key Christian festivals of Christmas and Easter, exploring the beliefs and meanings behind these celebrations from a Christians perspective. 


Jigsaw RE utilises a four-step learning model.

The four steps are:

• Step 1: Engagement: the children’s own human experience is explored to act as bridge from their world (which may or may not include religion) into the world of the religion being studied.

• Step 2: Investigation: over approximately the next 3 lessons, the teacher will guide the children to explore and investigate appropriate subject knowledge relevant to that question of enquiry.

• Step 3: Evaluation: An assessment activity enables each child to show their thinking and the depth of cri1cal evaluation.

• Step 4: Expression: This refers the children back to the starting point of their own experience and allows them to reflect on whether their findings have influenced their own thinking.

Overview of RE Enquiries - Long Term Plan

At Newhall Community Junior School we have good links with the Derby Open Centre and have visits from them for School assemblies and workshops in each year group.  The workshops are focused upon each World Religion that we teach through the course of our pupil's learning journey, including Islam, Hinduism, Sikhism and Judaism.

Hinduism Workshop - Derby Open Centre