“Differences were meant not to divide, but to enrich.” – J. H. Oldham
Why we teach RE
“The principle aim of RE is to enable pupils to hold balanced and informed conversations about religion and worldviews.” – Dioceses of Leeds and York, Diocesan Syllabus for Religious Education 2022
We are above all a Christian school, where love infuses everything we do, underlying our every action and every relationship. In recognising the development of the whole child there is a high focus on developing children’s moral, spiritual, social and cultural understanding. Religious Education (RE) makes a significant contribution to the academic and personal development of our pupils. RE lessons offer a structured and safe space for reflection, discussion, dialogue and debate. This equips pupils with the knowledge and understanding of a range of religions and worldviews which promotes respect for others whilst allowing pupils to gain a broader understanding of views and beliefs.
The aims of the RE curriculum are:
- To know about and understand Christianity as a diverse global living faith through the exploration of core beliefs using an approach that critically engages with biblical text.
- To gain knowledge and understanding of a range of religions and worldviews appreciating diversity, continuity and change within the religions and worldviews being studied.
- To engage with challenging questions of meaning and purpose raised by human existence and experience.
- To recognise the concept of religion and its continuing influence on Britain’s cultural heritage and in the lives of individuals and societies in different times, cultures and places.
- To explore their own religious, spiritual and philosophical ways living, believing and thinking.
(Religious Education in Church of England Schools: A Statement of Entitlement, The Church of England Education Office, Derek Holloway, February 2019)
RE Long Term Plan