Assessment can be difficult in RE, partly because we are assessing very different aspects of attainment and partly because, in the “beyond levels” landscape, schools are using a variety of language to convey outcomes for children. Discovery RE offers a straightforward assessment process. Each enquiry has assessment opportunities which cover all aspects of learning in RE.
There are ready made assessment tasks sheets for children to work on and, marking criteria in-line with a “working TOWARDS, working AT and working BEYOND” approach, but where schools can easily adapt the language of the title of each outcome to fit with their own chosen practice.
To assist teachers even further, we have written detailed exemplification of each expectation descriptor. This whole process should make assessing RE much more straightforward and help children and teachers better understand progress and be able to compare it with other subjects.
As well as expectations for each enquiry, Discovery RE 3rd edition includes end of key stage age-related expectations for KS1, lower KS2 and upper KS2. This is similar to the RE Council non-statutory framework for RE (2013) which also suggests end of Key Stage Expectations.
a) Investigating the beliefs and practices of religions and other world views
b) Investigating how religions and other world views address questions of meaning, purpose and value
c) Investigating how religions and other world views influence morality, identity and diversity.
In Discovery RE, teachers are assisted by a simple colour coded process in the 4 step planning process, assessment activities, expectations and exemplification.
Green: personal resonance with and reflection on……. (Formerly AT2 personal: strand (c) above)
Blue: knowledge and understanding of…… (Formerly AT1: strand (a) above)
Red: evaluation/critical thinking in relation to the enquiry question (formerly AT2 impersonal: strand (b) above).
This will make is easier to link teaching with learning outcomes. Assessment for learning opportunities are also offered throughout each step of each enquiry.