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Colliers Green Church of England Primary School

Religious Education

Why we teach RE

A high quality religious education (RE) curriculum is essential to meet the statutory requirement for all maintained schools to teach a broad and balanced curriculum.

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The Aims of our RE Curriculum

In 2018 we adopted a new RE Curriculum.

The key purpose was to support pupils in developing their understanding of Christianity, as a contribution to their understanding of the world and their own experience within it.

This is done by integrating pupils’ developing understanding of significant theological concepts in Christianity with their own self-understanding and understanding of the world, as part of their wider religious literacy.

  • To enable pupils to know about and understand Christianity as a living world faith, by exploring core theological concepts
  • To enable pupils to develop knowledge and skills in making sense of biblical texts and understanding their impact in the lives of Christians
  • To develop pupils’ abilities to connect, critically reflect upon, evaluate and apply their learning to their own growing understanding of religion and belief (particularly Christianity), of themselves, the world and human experience.

How we teach RE at Colliers Green

How we teach RE at Colliers Green

RE has a high profile within our school curriculum. Quality teaching in RE helps generate respect for different views, faiths and interpretations. Learners develop and use a wide range of higher level skills such as enquiry, analysis, interpretation, evaluation and reflection to deepen their understanding of the impact of religion and world views as lived by believers. Key cross-curricular skills such as reading, writing, observation, and discussion are practised.

Although work on Christianity will predominate, there will be in-depth work on the major world religions and on other world views as appropriate. Teaching will seek to bring about a deeper knowledge and understanding of religious traditions but also to develop a range of skills such as the ability to empathise and evaluate attitudes, and develop respect for diversity.

RE offers a wide variety of teaching and learning experiences, understanding that pupils learn best in different ways. Pupils will experience opportunities to learn and express themselves through an enquiry based style of learning by:

  • Listening to the teacher and each other.
  • Ask and discuss ‘big’ questions
  • Reading of texts.
  • Seeking information for themselves in books and on computers.
  • Discussion with the teacher and other pupils.
  • Pair and group work.
  • Using a range of media such as artefacts, pictures, photographs, music and drama.
  • Visits and visitors.
  • Artwork.
  • Outdoor learning.
  • Time for reflection.