Our approach to teaching R.E.
The study of religious education (R.E.) introduces pupils to the best that has been thought and said; and helps engender an appreciation of human creativity and achievement. R.E. is a compulsory subject both at primary school and secondary school. Every state-funded school must offer a curriculum, which is balanced and broadly based, and which:
- Promotes the spiritual, moral, cultural, mental and physical development of pupils.
- Prepares pupils for the opportunities, responsibilities and experiences of later life.
Our pupils are well equipped to continue the study of R.E. when they move into secondary education.
Our core aim for all pupils
As well as the academic pursuit, we expect that learning through R.E. will make a direct contribution to the moral and spiritual formation of all our pupils, whatever their current religious beliefs. We aim that through R.E. our pupils might become more reflective in their lives and more understanding in their response to encountering difference. Our pupils:
- Develop knowledge and understanding
- Make links and connections
- Learn about historical development
- Use religious and specialist vocabulary
- Explore meaning and purpose
- Encounter beliefs and values
- Use sources as evidence
- Construct arguments
- Make judgements
- Recognise diversity
- Analyse and deconstruct
"All children need to acquire core knowledge and understanding of the beliefs and practices of the religions and worldviews which not only shape their history and culture but which guide their own development. The modern world needs young people who are sufficiently confident in their own beliefs and values that they can respect the religious and cultural differences of others, and contribute to a cohesive and compassionate society" (Religious Education Council of England and Wales).
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Unit Newsletters for God Matters Curriculum
Alongside these units, the children also learn about other faiths:
Judaism - Years 1 and 3
Islam - Years 2 and 4
Hinduism - Years 3 and 6
Sikhism - Year 6