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Discovery RE Success Stories

As part of our on-going quality assurance, and desire to be giving our schools the very best support we can, we regularly scrutinise the Church of England reports from their “Statutory Inspections of Anglican and Methodist Schools” (SIAMS) both to judge the needs of our schools and to identify and celebrate what is going well.

In order to share the very best practice, we have compiled a list of quotations from SIAMS reports from our Discovery RE schools from around the country. Of course, the benefits of Discovery RE can be enjoyed just as well by non-church schools, and we hope these comments will give all colleagues ideas of good practice both in teaching and in subject leadership.

Worlebury St Paul’s (N. Somerset)

The Discovery RE teaching scheme, which includes comprehensive assessment plans, is well used by staff. Consequently, the subject leader has an excellent knowledge of progress and attainment in RE throughout the school, which informs future planning.

Churchfield CE Primary Academy – Staffordshire

Staff value ‘all God’s children’ and ensure all pupils are respected, loved and cared for. Good examples include the use of ‘Jigsaw’ materials, with their focus on feelings, to support pupils’ personal, social and health education [PSHE]. Pupils enjoy RE, and say they ‘learn more things about God and Jesus’ … Continue reading

St Joseph’s C of E and Catholic Primary – Sheffield

The RE curriculum successfully promotes the school’s Christian values and staff are making great steps in developing high level skills in children’s enquiry, analysis, interpretation, evaluation and reflection. The school’s creative enquiry led approach to RE gives children many opportunities to apply their impressive knowledge and skills. Tasks are well … Continue reading

Acle St Edmunds – Norfolk

[Pupils] have developed respect for and an understanding of the beliefs and traditions of other world faiths and can compare them to those of Christianity as a result of the recently introduced enquiry based approach to religious education (RE). Pupils enjoy this new approach to RE, which challenges their thinking, … Continue reading

Milton on Stour – Dorset

Pupils enjoy their RE lessons hugely especially the opportunity to discuss ‘big questions’, to reflect and bring their own personal observations and thoughts to the lesson. Planning is very thorough and the Discovery scheme which is being used is being adapted sensibly for the needs of the pupils and to … Continue reading

Durweston – Dorset

The introduction of a new scheme of work has improved the teaching of RE by giving teachers greater confidence to plan more creatively using enquiry and exploration as strategies that engage children more directly in their learning. The success of this approach is reflected in the best teaching which challenges … Continue reading

Moordown St John’s – Bournemouth

Significant progress has been made in the development of RE since the last Church inspection. The school has adopted the Discovery scheme of work that is used as an effective basis for teaching of RE throughout the school. Pupils enjoy the subject and are keen to be fully involved in … Continue reading

St Michael’s C of E Primary School – Sunninghill

The enquiry-based ‘Discovery Pan-Berkshire’ system is used throughout the school and enables all learners to make good progress in the subject. Each topic is underpinned by ‘big questions’ that provide a good level of challenge for all pupils. Children are encouraged to develop their critical thinking skills and have empathy … Continue reading

Shinfield St Mary’s – Wokingham

The Discovery scheme is now used as the basis for a consistent RE curriculum. RE now has a high profile in the school’s overall curriculum and is seen as a way of reinforcing the school’s values and of teaching global awareness. A lesson observed at inspection was outstanding, with excellent … Continue reading

Robert Piggot C of E Junior School – Wokingham

The story of Jesus turning over the tables in the temple led to a discussion during which the children recognised that Jesus was a social agitator who needed courage to stand up for what he believed. Classwork, which covered the events of Holy Week, helped pupils to understand how Jesus … Continue reading

St Nicolas – West Berkshire

Assessment tasks are in place to support teacher’s judgements for each unit of work. Pupils attain high standards, and as well as, and in some cases significantly higher than, in the other core subjects. More importantly, they enjoy their RE, saying ‘we get to learn about what other people believe … Continue reading

Burchetts Green C of E Infants’ School – Royal Borough of Windsor & Maidenhead

Pupils take on responsibility from an early age and address moral issues through RE and circle time activities, with all pupils engaging with Discovery RE, enabling them to learn about Christianity. Pupils have opportunities to ask questions, such as why did God give us Jesus? These young children have a … Continue reading

St Mary’s – Slough

The children say they thoroughly enjoy RE, particularly emphasising that it explores the similarities between the major faiths. This was clearly evidenced in the lessons observed, illustrating how the children are fascinated by exploring faith. A display of children’s comments on RE also strongly supports this, typical examples being: “I … Continue reading

Trent’s Young Endowed – Sherborne

After the last inspection the RE scheme of work was reviewed and brought into line with the locally agreed syllabus for RE. In September 2013 “Discovery RE‟, an enquiry based programme which links to the Dorset agreed syllabus, was introduced. This has enabled teachers to develop imaginative and creative approaches … Continue reading

If you would like to give us details about how Discovery RE is working well in your school, please email me, Alison Harris at
I will supply a “Success Stories” questionnaire (just 3 questions) for you to complete. We’d also love you to include photographs which we could share on this site to inspire other colleagues.

As a ‘thank you’, on receipt of your completed “Success Story”, we will send you our “RE: How do I do it?” guide-book plus a £30 voucher which can be redeemed against training or other Discovery RE resources.

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