We deliver the curriculum using the Hertfordshire Agreed Syllabus of RE which both reflects the diverse Hertfordshire community and meets statutory requirements.
At Bournehall Primary School we value RE because:
- in an increasingly diverse society, it is vital for children to explore the views, opinions and connections they have with people whose worldviews differ from their own.
- RE provides space to reflect on ideas and develop thinking around questions of meaning and ethics.
(Religious Education Council of England and Wales)
A THEOLOGICALLY AND RELIGIOUSLY LITERATE PUPIL:
- engages with a range of ultimate questions about the meaning and significance of existence
- asks significant and reflective questions about religion and demonstrates an excellent understanding of issues relating to the nature and value of religion
- understands how the beliefs, values, practices and ways of life within religions cohere together
- thinks for themselves and takes the initiative in asking questions, evaluating ideas and working constructively with others
- responds with originality, imagination or creativity to their learning in RE
- links the study of religion and belief to personal reflections on meaning and purpose
- has a wide knowledge and deep understanding across a wide range of religions and beliefs
Chris Quigley – Essentials Curriculum
CONDITIONS FOR LEARNING
Children tell us that they enjoy RE and learn best when they:
- start their learning with a question
- hear from their friends and other knowledgeable visitors about their experiences
- use role play and their senses to explore objects, stories, foods that are part of the experience of people from religious communities
- go on visits or use videos to explore important places
- value the things they have in common and the things that are different about their beliefs and ideas
- connect ideas and thoughts from world religions to their own experiences, whether they are religious or not
- look for the similarities between different religions
- starts with a question
- takes into account pupils’ prior knowledge and understanding
- encourages creative thinking and reasoning
- has a context that connects with children’s own lives and experiences
- encourages and develops the skills needed for children to ask their own questions
- includes discussion and debate
- makes good use of resources that are exciting, high quality and avoid stereotypical views of people from different faith backgrounds
- supports children’s application and development of basic skills through communicating their understanding in different ways.
"We may have different religions, different languages, different coloured skin, but we all belong to one human race." Kofi Annan