Religious Education is a statutory requirement and is taught weekly through the Discovery RE scheme of work.
This uses an enquiry based model developing:
- children's critical thinking skills
- their motivation to learn
- knowledge and understanding of and empathy with people and their beliefs, religious or otherwise
Children are free to make their own choices and decisions concerning religion and belief. RE does not try to persuade, but rather to inform and develop the skills with which evaluation can take place.
Christianity is taught in every year group with Christmas and Easter developed each year to deepen understanding. Buddhism, Hinduism, Islam, Judaism and Sikhism are also covered. Humanist perspectives are added when appropriate.
SMSC opportunities are identified in each enquiry and are mapped on the overview grid for each year group.
RE is a key player in engendering knowledge and understanding which can lead to tolerance and respect for others and their beliefs. It does not however teach children to passively accept but rather encourages evaluation and critical thinking, equipping them to consider belief positions they encounter.
Teachers will use mindfulness practices to build children's self awareness and skills of reflection thus supporting their RE learning as well as their personal spiritual development.