RE Curriculum Intent
“Religious education in a Church school should enable every child to flourish and to live life in all its fullness. (John 10:10). It will help educate for dignity and respect encouraging all to live well together” (Statement of Entitlement)
At Egglescliffe CE Primary School, our aim is to enable every child to flourish through a programme of Religious Education and Collective Worship that enables them to grow in wisdom and understanding, developing a profound respect for other people and their beliefs.
- the analysis of religious texts, stories, symbols and artefacts,
- an understanding of how texts, stories, symbols and artefacts are interpreted and how they influence the way that people live their daily lives
- reflection of their own beliefs,
… we aim to help our children to develop their religious literacy, enabling them to hold balanced and informed conversations about religion and belief.
Purpose of study
Excellence in Religious Education
The principal aim of RE is to enable pupils to hold balanced and informed conversations about religion and belief.1
Aims and purposes of Religious Education in the Church school
This principal aim incorporates the following aims of Religious Education in Church schools:
- To enable pupils to know about and understand Christianity as a living faith that influences the lives of people worldwide and as the religion that has most shaped British culture and heritage.
- To enable pupils to know and understand about other major world religions and non-religious worldviews, their impact on society, culture and the wider world, enabling pupils to express ideas and insights.
- To contribute to the development of pupils’ own spiritual/philosophical convictions, exploring and enriching their own beliefs and values.
Appropriate to their age at the end of their education in Church schools, the expectation is that all pupils are religiously literate and as a minimum pupils are able to:
- Give a theologically informed and thoughtful account of Christianity as a living and diverse faith.
- Show an informed and respectful attitude to religions and non-religious worldviews in their search for God and meaning.
- Engage in meaningful and informed dialogue with those of other faiths and none.
- Reflect critically and responsibly on their own spiritual, philosophical and ethical convictions.’
Our principal aim has developed from continuing diocesan adviser work on the purpose of RE by Jane Chipperton (Diocese of St Albans), Gillian Georgiou (Diocese of Lincoln), Olivia Seymour (Diocese of York) and Kathryn Wright (Diocese of Norwich) www.reonline.org.uk/news/revision-rethinking-re-a-conversation-about-religious-and-theological-literacy/