Religious Education


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Church School Distinctiveness

As a church school, our daily Worship and school ethos is founded on Christian Gospel Values. We are proud of our Christian Foundations and recognise that our school and the relationships we have are distinctive because of this. RE lessons are taught following the Blackburn Diocesan scheme of work.

Creative and Challenging

Taught within an environment where Christianity is witnessed and experienced in action, pupils will experience, explore and encounter a wide range of creative and challenging activities that will help them to discover the answers to ultimate questions such as these:-

Who am I and what does it mean to be me?
In what ways do/can I relate to others?
How/where can I encounter God?
How can I make a positive contribution to the world in which I live?
What values, attitudes, beliefs and behaviour are important to me?
What does it mean to have faith?
Who/what influences and inspires me?

The aims of Religious Education in Church school are:-[i]

  • To enable pupils to encounter Christianity as the religion that shape British culture and heritage and influences the lives of millions of people today;
  • To enable pupils to learn about the other major religions, their impact on culture and politics, art and history, and on the lives of their adherents;
  •  To develop understanding of a religious faith as the search for and expression of truth;
  • To contribute to the development of pupil’s own spiritual/philosophical convictions, exploring and enriching their own faith and beliefs.

The outcomes for pupils at the end of their education in church schools are that they are able to:-[ii]

  • Think theologically and explore ultimate questions;
  • Reflect critically on the truth claims of Christian belief;
  • Develop the skills to analyse, interpret and apply the Bible text;
  • Recognise that faith is a particular of understanding and responding to God and the world;
  • Analyse and explain the varied nature and traditions of the Christian community;
  • Make a well informed response to Christianity;
  • Respect those of all faiths in their search for God;
  • Reflect critically on the on all areas of shared belief and practice between different faiths;
  • Enrich and expand their understanding of truth;
  • Reflect critically and express their views on the human quest and destiny.

 

The contribution of RE to the Spiritual, Moral, Social

and Cultural development of pupils

 

 

Spiritual development

For you created my inmost being; you knit me together in my mother’s womb. I praise you because I am fearfully and wonderfully made; your works are wonderful.

Psalm 139.13-14

 

Spiritual development within RE in a church school enriches and encourages the pupils’ discovery of God the creator, of their ‘inmost being’ and of the wonder of the environment.

 

This is promoted through:

  • exploring their relationship with God and the sense that they are his children, unique and loved by him;
  • exploring and experiencing prayer and worship from a variety of Christian traditions;
  • giving thanks to God for all aspects of school life;
  • discussing and reflecting upon key questions of meaning and truth such as the existence of God, the origins and purpose of the universe, good and evil, life after death;
  • considering the value of human beings and their relationship with God, with one another and with the natural world;
  • discovering how the creative and expressive arts enable spiritual development;
  • opportunities to discuss feelings and emotions openly;
  • recognising and encouraging the use of personal and group gifts and talents;
  • opportunities to develop their gift of imagination and creativity;
  • encouraging curiosity and questioning so that their own views and ideas on religious and spiritual issues can be developed within a secure environment where faith is valued;
  • developing a sense of personal significance and belonging;
  • encountering Christian fellowship.

 

Moral development

Do not be conformed to this world, but be transformed by the renewing of your minds, so that you may discern what is the will of God – what is good and acceptable and perfect.

Romans 12.2

 

Moral development in RE in a church school is based on the teachings of Jesus Christ, which offer pupils a secure foundation stone on which to make decisions and build their lives.

 

 

This is promoted through:

  • developing a sense of right and wrong based on the teaching of Jesus Christ;
  • recognising the values identified within the Bible: truth, justice, trust, love, peace, compassion, forgiveness, reconciliation and redemption;
  • learning to follow a path through the conflicting demands of faith, family, peers, society, the media and the world of ideas;
  • recognising the importance of personal integrity;
  • developing mutual respect across racial and religious divides;
  • recognising that people’s rights also imply responsibilities;
  • developing a sensitive conscience.

 

Social development

As I have loved you, so you must love one another. By this everyone will know that you are my disciples.

John 13.34-35

 

Social development in RE in a church school develops pupils’ understanding of what it means to live in a Christian community where Jesus’ command to love one another is put into practice.

 

This is promoted through:

  • developing a sense of empathy, compassion and concern for others;
  • building relationships within the school and between the school, the parish and the local community;
  • considering how Christian beliefs affect decisions at local and national level;
  • investigating social issues from the perspective of Christianity and of other faiths, recognising the common ground and diversity that exists between them;
  • providing opportunities for pupils to articulate their own views on a range of current issues and to show respect for the opinions of others and a willingness to learn from their insights.

 

Cultural development

There is neither Jew nor Greek, slave nor free, male nor female, for you are all one in Christ Jesus.

Galatians 3.28 

 

Cultural development in RE in a church school provides opportunities to develop an understanding of Christianity as a worldwide, multi-cultural faith that has an impact on the lives of millions of people.

 

This is promoted through:

  • promoting an understanding of Christianity from a global perspective through encounters with people, literature and the creative arts from different cultures;
  • exploring the diversity of Christianity worldwide with particular reference to the diversity of the Anglican community;
  • considering the relationship between British and European culture and Christianity;
  • appreciating the diversity of cultures within Britain.

 

 

Taken from The National Society Excellence and Distinctiveness Guidance on RE in Church of England Schools document (2005)

 

 

Attitudes in Religious Education

 

It is vital that religious education encourages pupils to develop positive attitudes to their learning and to the beliefs and values of others.  The following four attitudes are essential for good learning in religious education and should be developed at each stage or phase of religious education:

  • self-awareness
  • respect for all
  • open-mindedness
  • appreciation and wonder.

Multi Faith Week Quiz 

We ended our Multi Faith Week with a whole school quiz. It was very interesting to hear what each class had learnt and we all enjoyed trying to answer the questions.