At Ernesettle Community School, our intent is to provide children with critical thinking skills, the ability to personally reflect on the child’s own thoughts and feelings, to grow subject knowledge and nurture spiritual development. The teaching of RE is enriching and engaging, following an enquiry-based approach, where we learn about, and from, the main world faiths in a progressive way from Reception up to Year 6. In the Early Years, the learning is closely matched to Development Matters to contribute meaningfully to our pupil’s holistic development. Throughout all the enquiries, the children’s spiritual, moral, social and cultural education is carefully considered and RE lessons also contribute to pupils’ personal development and well-being and to community cohesion by promoting mutual respect and tolerance in a diverse society.
Religious Education (RE) has an important place in the curriculum of all schools. It provides a safe space for young people to develop their understanding of people, cultures, faiths and relationships. The Devon and Torbay Agreed Syllabus for RE sets out detailed and extensive programmes that will enable pupils to gain a coherent understanding of religions and worldviews, preparing them for life in twenty-first century Britain.
To draw on a quote, in this case from a pupil, ‘RE is like an iceberg. As you unpack ideas, you come to understand deeper meaning’.