We believe that RE makes a strong contribution to the education of each child by encouraging them to develop skills of critical thinking and analysis, as well as developing attitudes like empathy, sensitivity and understanding whilst being able to stand up for their own beliefs and challenge injustice around them.
Our RE curriculum meets the three statutory aims of:
- Knowing about and understanding a range of religions and worldviews
- Expressing ideas and insights about the nature, significance and impact of religions and worldviews
- Gaining and deploying the skills needed to engage seriously with religions and worldviews
Christianity is taught in every year group, with Christmas and Easter given new treatment each year, developing the learning in a progressive way. Hinduism, Islam and Judaism are also covered. Please click here to see our RE curriculum overview.
The curriculum model used in Discovery RE focuses on a 4-step enquiry – Engagement, Investigation, Evaluation and Expression. SMSC (Spiritual, Moral, Social and Cultural) development opportunities are mapped throughout. Children’s critical thinking skills are developed, their motivation to learn increased, and their knowledge and understanding of, and empathy with people and their beliefs, religious or otherwise, enhanced. This approach takes very seriously the philosophy that children are free to make their own choices and decisions concerning religion and belief. RE does not try to persuade but rather to inform and develop the skills with which evaluation can take place.
Please click to view our RE Progression of Knowledge and Skills.