At Holy Trinity, RE is a core subject alongside reading, writing, maths and science.
We follow the Blackburn Diocese ‘Questful RE’ syllabus which is built around the idea of exploring and asking ‘big questions.’ This approach to RE provides opportunities for spiritual development and personal reflection. Whilst developing children’s knowledge about religion and belief, it provokes challenging questions about values, identity and belonging.
In EYFS, our RE curriculum is mainly focused around Islam and Christianity; learning is linked to pupils’ own experiences, stories and festivals and is explored through games, role play and small world provision.
In Key Stage 1 and Key Stage 2, pupils begin to learn about other major world faiths: Judaism, Sikhism, Hinduism and Buddhism. Through our big questions and reflections, pupils in Key Stage 2 also learn about Humanism and of people with no faith.
We aim to make RE lessons as practical and cross-curricular as possible, looking for opportunities to link learning to art, HRE and history for example. Across school, opportunities to develop language and speaking and listening skills are a priority in the teaching of RE.
In each year group, pupils experience a visit to a different place of worship and as a school we have made some great links with different faith communities in our local area.
We want our pupils to flourish and achieve their potential in all areas of the curriculum. As our Christian vision states, we want our pupils to ‘do justice, love kindness and walk humbly with your God’ and carry this with them throughout their lives. We want our pupils to understand that there are different ways to live and behave and that this is something to be curious about and to celebrate. Our questioning approach aims to develop pupils’ religious literacy enabling them to hold balanced and well-informed conversations about religion and belief. This is to prepare children for living harmoniously in today’s diverse society.
To see the skills progression document for RE, please click here