RE explores questions of meaning and purpose and the manner in which these are made explicit in the religious traditions. RE has a unique position; it is not part of the National Curriculum as defined by the 1988 Education Reform Act, yet it is a statutory requirement that Religious Education is provided for all pupils.
Our principal aim of RE in Wiltshire is ‘to engage pupils in enquiring i to key questions arising from the study of religion and belief, so as to promote their personal and spiritual development’ (Wiltshire Agreed Syllabus for Religious Education 2011.)
RE is important because children need a foundation to develop their beliefs and values and a consistent pattern of behaviour. RE also has a particularly important contribution to make to the spiritual, moral and social development of children. As a subject it does not make assumptions about, or preconditions for the personal commitments of teachers or children.
Our RE teaching is related to the ages and abilities of the children being taught. The children are encouraged to reflect on their own experience and take control of their own learning and thus acquire the skills to think clearly and reflect thoughtfully about religious issues and their attitudes to religion. We also teach the children to respect the inner experience of others and deepen their capacity for personal reflection and inner awareness. All this takes place during the study of world religions, including Christianity, Judaism, Islam and Hinduism.
RE is taught mainly subject specifically within the school and also during learning contexts when appropriate. Christmas and Easter are studied in depth across the key stages. Teachers plan the topics through enquiries; the children are invited to consider large questions, look at evidence, visit places and listen to speakers in order to develop opinions. The pupils are encouraged to communicate their findings using a variety of methods including verbal and written reports. The school has recently been awarded the Silver RE Quality Mark which celebrates the importance and level of RE teaching within the school.