At Bridge and Patrixbourne Church of England Primary School, pupils can expect a high-quality religious education (RE) curriculum that is rich and varied, enabling learners to achieve excellence by acquiring a thorough knowledge and understanding of a range of faiths and world views. The use of an enquiry approach encourages children to think creatively by exploring their own questions about religion and to develop their own responses which in turn develop their own understanding of the world as part of their wider religious literacy. Children will learn how other people’s values are lived out in practice and then how these values can be applied to their own lives.
As a Church of England school, the teaching of Christianity is at the heart of our RE curriculum. Through the Understanding Christianity resource, the use of an enquiry approach engages with significant theological concepts and the pupil’s own understanding of the world as part of their wider religious literacy. Using the Diocese of Canterbury Agreed Syllabus we learn about other religions and world views, fostering respect for them and identifying common threads between religions. Links with our Christian values and vision, and support for pupil’s spiritual, moral, social and cultural (SMSC) development are intrinsic to our RE curriculum and have a significant impact on learners. Like all areas of the curriculum at Bridge & Patrixbourne CEP School, RE is an inclusive subject that ensures every child is able to access the high quality resources and learning opportunities we are able to offer.
Aims of Religious Education
As stated in the Church of England Statement of Entitlement for Religious Education, our school aims for all pupils:
- to know about and understand Christianity as a diverse global living faith through the exploration of core beliefs using an approach that critically engages with biblical text.
- to gain knowledge and understanding of a range of religions and worldviews appreciating diversity, continuity and change within the religions and worldviews being studied.
- to engage with challenging questions of meaning and purpose raised by human existence and experience.
- to recognise the concept of religion and its continuing influence on Britain’s cultural heritage and in the lives of individuals and societies in different times, cultures and places.
- to explore their own religious, spiritual and philosophical ways of living, believing and thinking.
Celebrating Teaching & Learning in RE
Religious Education is taught throughout the school and we take the opportunity to monitor and celebrate this part of the curriculum. You can see some examples of the children's work below.