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Religious Education

What is RE?

RE is a subject, which explores big questions about life, to find out what people believe and what difference this makes to how they live, so that pupils can make sense of religion, reflecting on their own ideas and ways of living.


Why is it important to find out what other people believe?

As Theologians, we want children to consider challenging questions about the meaning of life from the viewpoint of different world religions. Children will learn about the beliefs of the main world religions and non- religious world view. Children will gain an understanding of themselves, their own beliefs and how this influences their culture and personal development. This will then be considered in relation to their own community and the wider world and how these values contribute to a tolerant and open-minded society. 

To enhance children’s spiritual, moral, social and cultural development, they will develop the ability to make reasoned and informed judgements about religious and moral issues.

No matter what we believe personally or individually, by understanding the beliefs of others,  we can become more tolerant and less ignorant.  It will help us to live in harmony alongside people from different faiths and cultures. In addition to this, it also helps us to think critically about our own beliefs and values.


What is our vision?

Our vision for RE is that through the study of RE as a subject within school,  children will be equipped with the knowledge and understanding of the 7 main world religions that are represented by many people within Derbyshire. Although our school is not culturally diverse, it is vital that our pupils gain an understanding of world religions and beliefs so they can live alongside people with different beliefs and values to their own. This can promote critical thinking and questioning skills – some of the core abilities in our curriculum intent. It can also help to promote the fundamental British Values – particularly tolerance.

British values are defined as follows:

  • The Rule of Law

  • Democracy

  • Individual Liberty

  • Mutual Respect

  • Tolerance for those of different faiths and beliefs 

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RE Curriculum Intent

The aims of religious education are to help children:

  • To develop an awareness of spiritual and moral issues in life experiences.

  • To develop knowledge and understanding of Christianity and other major world religions and value systems found in Britain.

  • To develop an understanding of what it means to be committed to a faith and follow traditions.

  • To be able to reflect on their own experiences and to develop a personal response to fundamental questions of life.

  • To develop an understanding of religious traditions and to appreciate cultural differences.

  • To develop investigative and research skills, enabling children to make reasoned judgements about religious and world issues.

  • To have respect for other peoples’ views and to celebrate diversity in society. 

In order to achieve this , we have developed our curriculum intent under 3 broad headings : 

  1. To know about and understand a range of religions and worldviews.

  2. Express ideas and insights about the nature, significance and impact of religions and worldviews.

  3. Gain and deploy the skills needed to engage seriously with religions and worldviews.

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