Our teaching of RE enables children to extend their own sense of values and promotes their spiritual growth and development. We encourage the children to reflect on their own views in relation to the themes covered in the curriculum.
A Statement of Entitlement, the aims and objectives of Religious Education in Church schools 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 religious and world views appreciating diversity, continuity and change within the religions and world views studied.
To engage with challenging questions of meaning and purpose raised by human existence and experience.
To explore their own religious, spiritual and philosophical ways of living, believing and thinking.
St Mary’s vision is at the heart of our schools RE curriculum, as we strive for children to flourish and develop into religiously literate individuals and critical thinkers.
The LDBS schemes ensures that children from all backgrounds have a deep knowledge and understanding of religions, worldviews, belief systems, values and practices. Furthermore, the RE curriculum allows the children to develop their oracy skills by asking deep and meaningful questions. It encourages children to flourish into well rounded individuals, by providing the children with the chance to reflect, respond and express their own religious, spiritual and/or philosophical convictions.
The St Mary’s R.E curriculum encourages all children to let their light shine, giving everyone the chance to enhance their empathy skills and recognise the importance of forgiveness.
To ensure the teaching of RE supports and enhances
The Christian vision of the school.
Contributes significantly to the spiritual, moral, social and cultural development of children.
Takes note of the Religious Education Church of England Schools – Statement of Entitlement.
The Church of England’s vision for Education – every person deserves to live a ‘life in all
Are rooted in theological concepts, strong subject knowledge and content.
Offer a balanced curriculum which enquires into religions and worldviews through theology, philosophy and the human and social sciences.
Offer sequential learning both in terms of knowledge and skills across the primary age range.
Offer motivating, engaging and creative lessons for all children.
Provide opportunities for children to develop empathy towards people of similar or differing religious or worldviews to their own.
Children will be able to hold a balanced and well-informed conversation about religion and worldviews. (Religious literacy)
Children will make good or better academic progress from their starting points.
Children will be able to reflect, respond and express their own religious, spiritual and/or
Children will be able to make their own choices and decisions concerning religion and belief based on a deep knowledge and understanding of religions and worldviews, belief
systems, values and practices.
Children will have developed a deeper understanding of what it means to live life in all
To enable all children to become religiously literate.
To ensure RE enables all children to live life in all its fullness – vision for Education (Church of England)
To offer a systematic enquiry- based approach to the teaching of RE so that the
following skills in children can be developed:
Ability to be critical thinkers.
Ability to engage critically with texts.
Ability to ask deep and meaningful questions.
Ability to make connections within and across religions and worldviews.
Ability to reflect, respond and express their own religious, spiritual and/or philosophical convictions.
Ability to make their own choices and decisions concerning religion and belief based on a deep knowledge and understanding of religions and worldviews, belief systems, values and practices.