As a Church of England School, Religious Education has a special place in our curriculum.
The aims of Religious Education in Church schools are:
- To enable pupils to know about and understand Christianity as a living faith that influences the lives of people worldwide and as the religion that has most shaped British culture and heritage.
- To enable pupils to know and understand about other major world religions and world views, their impact on society, culture and the wider world, enabling pupils to express ideas and insights.
- To contribute to the development of pupils’ own spiritual/philosophical convictions, exploring and enriching their own beliefs and values.
(The Church of England Education Office Statement of Entitlement 2016)
Click HERE to see the Statement of Entitlement for Religious Education in Church Schools
We have recently introduced an exciting new resource, 'Understanding Christianity' throughout our school. This is now being taught in conjunction with the Cambridgeshire agreed syllabus.
Our RE work not only covers the teaching and stories of Christianity, but also investigates other World religions. Lessons always start with a "Big Question", encouraging children to share their own thoughts and ideas, no matter what those are, and to listen to the views of others. They are always times of lively, open discussion and debate.
RE enables pupils to appreciate their own and others’ beliefs and cultures, helping them to develop a clear understanding of the significance of religion in their own area as well as in the world today.
RE intends to promote religious understanding and respect, and to challenge prejudice, discrimination and stereotyping.
It is concerned with the promotion of each pupil’s self-worth, enabling them to reflect on their uniqueness as human beings, to share their feelings and emotions with others and to appreciate the importance of forming and maintaining positive relationships.
We strongly believe that the purpose of RE is about religious literacy. This means we aim for children to be able to hold a balanced and well-informed conversation about religion and belief. In order to fulfil this purpose we provide a balance of theology, philosophy and human/social sciences within our RE lessons.
As part of this RE curriculum, as the children progress through school, we visit different places of worship, including those of different Christian denominations and those of other religions. As well as timetabled RE lessons, there will always be other times in the curriculum where big questions of faith arise, such as when looking at natural disasters, Space or the Second World War. We make time and space to discuss these questions as they occur, not in any prescriptive way, but in a manner so as to allow the children to investigate their own and others opinions and beliefs.
Please click HERE to download our RE long term plan.
Please click HERE to download our RE policy.
Here is a gallery of some of our RE Work