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Religious Education

Intent

Our RE Curriculum is built on our vision of ‘Roots to Grow and Wings to Fly’ and reflects the needs of our community

It is our aim that all pupils at By Brook Valley School will be

  • provided with opportunities that enable them to grow and develop as theological thinkers, building on their prior learning through biblical texts and exploring other faiths
  • supported to develop their knowledge and skills as they make their journey through their RE education, ensuring that their learning is connected to all areas of their life.
  • curious, through starting each area of learning with a ‘Big Question’. We will challenge and deepen pupil’s thinking by asking and answering difficult questions based on Bible passages as well as other faiths
  • encouraged to broaden their use of theological vocabulary in all relevant areas of learning
  • able to answer the ‘big question’ demonstrating  their new knowledge and deeper understanding and displaying their understanding and respect of all faiths

Reading plays a central part in RE. Through the use of high quality texts we aim to challenge the pupil’s knowledge, thinking and interpretation as well as building on the core knowledge of Biblical stories.  Poetry, prayers and non-fiction will also build on vocabulary so that it can be used in all areas of their learning. Understanding Christianity and Discovery RE will play a key role in shaping the RE curriculum.

Implementation

The school uses Discovery RE and Understanding Christianity to support the planning and delivery of this curriculum area.  In addition to Christianity the children also learn about and from other world religions.  Through our religious education curriculum we aim to give children knowledge and understanding of how these religions influence individuals, communities and society in our world.  Discussion is encouraged and respect for different cultures and beliefs actively promoted.