The purpose of Religious Education is to stimulate and develop children’s curiosity and knowledge of different religious beliefs so that they can hold informed conversations about religious ideas such as faith, worship, prayer, creation, God, the meaning of life and the relevance of religion on society and peoples’ lives. Children about and learn from different religious beliefs and never in a way that encourages children to judge or place greater value on one religious faith over another.
Children build their knowledge of religious ideas through inquiry, debate, asking questions, making connections, exploring religious artefacts, discussing sources of beliefs and examining religious texts so that they can talk about the similarities between the major world faiths including Christianity, Judaism, Islam and Hinduism.
Children build an in-depth knowledge of Christianity through the themes of God and creation, the fall, the people of God, incarnation, Gospel, salvation and the Kingdom of God and make links with other faiths.
Questions those who are interested in religion ask include:
Is there something beyond this world that created our universe?
What are the similarities between different faiths?
Where do these beliefs come from?
How do people of different faith show their belief in their everyday lives?
Religious Education is important because it provides pupils with the knowledge and insight needed to challenge stereotypes, promote cohesion, tackle extremism and ponder the big questions in life such as where have we come from, what is the meaning of life and is there something beyond our worldly existence?
Our RE curriculum has been carefully designed. It is primarily is based on the Essex Agreed Syllabus and enhanced to ensure children at this school receive the full RE entitlement outlined in the Church of England's : A Statement of Entitlement, 2019 . You can see our RE curriculum on our curriculum page.