Here, at Colne Engaine C of E Primary School, we are proud of our approach to teaching Religious Education, which is predominantly enquiry led and uses well respected resources, including Understanding Christianity and the Norfolk Syllabus 2019. The aim of Religious Education is to help children to acquire and develop knowledge and understanding of Christianity and the other principal religions represented in Great Britain; to appreciate the way that religious beliefs shape life and our behaviour, develop the ability to make reasoned and informed judgements about religious and moral issues and enhance their spiritual, moral, social and cultural development.
Here at Colne Engaine, we have a commitment to enriching understanding of the diverse and rich tapestry of religious beliefs in Great Britain, which includes a comprehensive visit programme across classes to a range of places of worship including Chelmsford Cathedral, The Baps Shri Swaminarayan Mandir and the Colchester Mosque. These links are very important to us and support our drive to create opportunities for our children to learn to be outward facing and to recognise the value of learning from and about other faiths and beliefs. We explore:
Parents and carers do have a right to withdraw their child from Religious Education and, if desired, and should write to the Head teacher to request that a child does not take part in Religious Education lessons.
In RE, we aim to develop:
A Good level of religious understanding and knowledge.
A thorough engagement with a range of ultimate questions about the meaning and significance of existence.
The ability to ask significant and highly reflective questions about religion and demonstrate an excellent understanding of issues related to the nature, truth and value of religion.
A strong understanding of how the beliefs, values, practices and ways of life within any religion cohere together.
Exceptional independence; the ability to think for themselves and take the initiative in, for example, asking questions, carrying out investigations, evaluating ideas and working constructively with others.
Significant levels of originality, imagination or creativity, which are shown in their responses to their learning in RE.
The ability to link the study of religion and belief to personal reflections on meaning and purpose and a wide knowledge and deep understanding across a wide range of religions and beliefs.