RE

Religious Education (RE) teaches children about the nature of religious beliefs and practices. It also teaches children about the importance and influence these religions have. The RE curriculum helps with the development of a child’s spiritual, moral and cultural development. It enables children to learn about some of the major religions; festivals, special books, beliefs and practises as well as encourage children to investigate and reflect on some of the most fundamental questions asked by people.

Intent

At Christ Church (Church of England) Infant School and Nursery we help children to learn from religions as well as about religions. We aim to develop the children’s knowledge and understanding of the major world faiths in order to create a religiously educated person for the 21st century.

Purpose/ Implementation

RE is an important area in its own right and is regarded as a core subject within the school’s curriculum. It has a vital role in developing religious literacy and deepening pupils understanding of Christianity, in all its forms, and fostering appreciation and understanding of other faith traditions.

We teach RE to help our children to:

  • Know about and understand Christianity as a living world faith.

  • Explore the Bible as the foundation document of Christianity, especially its accounts of the life, teaching and significance of Jesus Christ

  • Develop an understanding of religious traditions and to appreciate the cultural differences in the UK today.

  • Value and celebrate diversity in our community and our world.

  • Question, explore, understand and respect their own and other’s understandings of the world.

  • Reflect on their own experiences and to develop a personal approach to questions which may be posed.

  • Develop interest in and enthusiasm for the study of religion and beliefs and enhance their own spiritual, moral, social and cultural development.

 

Impact

Through the teaching of RE, children develop positive attitudes towards other people. They also enhance their own moral and social development by:-

  • Responding to stories from the Bible and stories from other religious traditions.

  • Realising that Bible stories and stories from other religions often deal with feelings and situations similar to their own.

  • Talking and thinking about puzzling questions which arise in life.

  • Talking and listening to others about personally important matters.

  • Exploring the sense of belonging to a community and especially belonging to a Christian community.

  • Exploring the difference between right and wrong, fair and unfair.

  • Expressing themselves in art, drama or dance.

  • Expressing themselves creatively and thoughtfully with times of reflection and quiet.

  • Responding to the wonder and beauty of creation.

Website Links

BBC RE

Christianity

Hinduism

Islam

Sikhism