We believe that Religious Education is key to enabling pupils to gain a coherent knowledge and understanding of the nature, role and influence of religion in the world; as a Church school, it is a core part of our curriculum. Our carefully planned curriculum balances teaching about Christianity with other faiths, and equips pupils to learn about and from other many religions. They learn to think critically, ask perceptive questions, formulate reasoned opinion and handle controversial issues and truth claims. RE also provides pupils with the opportunity to pursue a personal quest for meaning, purpose and value and to develop an understanding of, and respect for, different beliefs and lifestyles. The development of human cultures and the lives of millions of people have been influenced by religions and beliefs; RE enables pupils to recognise this and respond to it so that they can learn more about themselves and their place in the world.
Our curriculum is based upon the most recent Locally Agreed Syllabus and ‘Understanding Christianity’. It aims to ensure that all pupils:
- develop their knowledge and understanding of Christianity and other major world religions represented in Great Britain
- explore issues within and between faiths to help them understand different religions’ beliefs, values and traditions
- raise and consider questions of meaning and purpose in life from beginning to end, learn about religious and ethical teaching and begin to make reasoned judgements on religious and moral issues
- develop a sense of identity and belonging
- reflect on, analyse and evaluate personal beliefs, values and practices and communicate their responses.
The curriculum is enriched by range of different visits and speakers during the school year. Children visit a Gurdwara and a Hindu temple as well as St James Church in Gerrards Cross; and parents, visitors and children themselves lead presentations about other faiths . RE days enable classes to focus on a particular area of learning for an extended period of time and special events such as the ‘Rethink’ mission and Q&As with St James staff present children with the opportunity to think deeply about their response to Christianity and ask questions.