Religious Education

Our Schools are made up of pupils from many cultures. Religious Education makes a significant contribution to pupils’ academic and personal development and provides an opportunity to celebrate and foster awareness of these differences and similarities within our schools, our communities and the wider world. It is a subject that celebrates diversity and challenges stereotypes. 

Children are free to make their own choices and decisions concerning religion and belief. RE does not try to persuade but rather inform and develop the skills with which evaluation can take place

We use Discovery RE, an enquiry-based approach, through which we

  • develop children’s’ critical thinking skills
  • enhance their knowledge and understanding of religion and belief in the modern world
  • Promote respect, tolerance and empathy with people and their beliefs, religious or otherwise. 

In RE lessons, as well as PHSE and Assemblies, children are invited to reflect on their personal responses to issues, consider other people’s responses, and appreciate that for some people belief in a spiritual dimension is important.

There are 6 units of work per year group, (one per term) each based on a key question.

Each unit of work follows a four step enquiry

  1. Engagement – explores the children’s own experience whether that includes religion or not
  2. Investigation – children carry out an enquiry using carefully selected facts
  3. Evaluation – children use the facts to come to a conclusion about the key question
  4. Expression – children reflect on what they have learnt

Key Questions for each year group:

(RE is taught in accordance with the aims of the Agreed Syllabus for South Gloucestershire)