We want our children to have a balanced understanding and appreciation of Christianity as well as the other main religious and non-religious worldviews. Our RE curriculum gives children the opportunity to not only learn about religion, but to learn from it too. Learning is rooted in our school values and an opportunity to explore life’s BIG QUESTIONS. Through RE, we want our children to have the GRACE to show everyone love and respect regardless of their beliefs and opinions. We want children to have INTEGRITY to stand up for what is right and have the COURAGE to take action for causes important to them. We hope that through our RE curriculum, children have the opportunities to find and grow in their PASSION too. We want to help children believe that it is possible to be part of a positive solution in the world they live in.
Our R.E. Curriculum adopts an enquiry-based approach where children are given a ‘BIG QUESTION’ to unpack each term. This is based on the Understanding Christianity and Discovery RE schemes of work and aims to:
- provide opportunities for personal reflection and pupils’ spiritual, moral, social and cultural development as it encourages pupils to examine the significance of their learning in relation to themselves and others.
- enable pupils to explore their own beliefs (whether they have a religious worldview or not), ideas, feelings, experiences and values in the light of what they learn.
- encourage empathy and respect.
- enable pupils to develop their own sense of identity and belonging.
- promote respect for the right of others to hold different beliefs, values and ideas.
- develop an aptitude for dialogue so that they can participate positively in our society with its diverse religious and non-religious worldviews.
- enable pupils to have a nuanced and informed understanding of political, social and moral issues that they will need to face as they grow up in an increasingly globalised world.
- help pupils deal positively with controversial issues, to manage strongly held differences of belief and to challenge stereotypes and prejudice.
RE at Stoke Bishop will develop pupils’:
- knowledge and understanding of, and their ability to respond to, Christianity, other principal world religions, other religious traditions and world views;
- understanding and respect for different religions, beliefs, values and traditions (including ethical life choices), through exploring issues within and between faiths;
- understanding of the influence of faith and belief on individuals, societies, communities and cultures;
- skills of enquiry and response through the use of religious vocabulary, questioning and empathy;
- skills of reflection, expression, application , analysis and evaluation of beliefs, values and practices, and the communication of personal responses to these.
RE at Stoke Bishop will encourage pupils to:
- consider their own thoughts and opinions on the challenging questions of the meaning and purpose of life, beliefs about God, their own self and the nature of reality, issues of right and wrong and what it means to be human;
- understand the influence of religion on individuals, families, communities and cultures
- learn from different religions, beliefs, values and traditions while exploring questions of meaning and their own beliefs;
- learn about religious and ethical teaching, enabling them to make reasoned and informed responses to religious, moral and social issues;
- develop their sense of identity and belonging in the world, preparing them for life as citizens in a multi-cultural global society;
- develop respect for and sensitivity to others, in particular those whose faiths and beliefs are different from their own.
NEW CURRICULUM FOR 2023 / 24
OUR WONDERFUL RE WORK!
YEAR 3 WHY IS DIWALI IMPORTANT TO HINDUS?
YEAR 4 WHAT KIND OF WORLD DID JESUS WANT?
YEAR 5 CHRISTMAS TRAIL @ ST MARY’S CHURCH (WAS JESUS THE MESSIAH?)
YEAR 6 HOW DO MUSLIMS SHOW THEIR COMMITMENT TO GOD?
Each year St Mary’s Church set up a Prayer Space at school. This is an opportunity for pupils to take some time to pause and ponder life’s BIG QUESTIONS.