“Jesus calls us to a holiness that is positive, generous and openhearted. It's a difficult, daring challenge - do we accept it?” Justin Wellby
In a world that is ever changing and getting smaller it is vitally important that our children begin to make sense of the world around them. Through RE, pupils develop their knowledge of other faiths and world-views and their understanding and awareness of the beliefs, values and traditions of other individuals, societies, communities and cultures. We encourage our pupils to ask big questions about the world, to reflect on their own beliefs, values, and experiences being confident to challenge and stand up for what they believe is right and supported to aspire to make a positive difference now and in their future life.
‘Religious education in a Church school should enable every child to flourish and to live life in all its fullness. (John 10:10). It will help educate for dignity and respect encouraging all to live life well together.’ RE Statement of Entitlement from the Church of England Education Office Feb 2019
At St Mabyn C of E, we intend our RE school curriculum to engage, inspire, challenge and encourage our pupils, equipping them with the knowledge and skills to answer challenging questions, explore different religious beliefs, values and traditions and develop a more rigorous understanding of the numerous religious traditions, beliefs and practices that are followed in our multi-cultural society. We want them to know how religious education promotes discernment and enables pupils to combat prejudice, preparing them for adult life, employment and life-long learning.
Our pupils have been encouraged to answer the question What is RE?
These were their responses
In class 1
In Key Stage 2.
We want staff and pupils to show their love of each other through truth and actions, which, reflect hope, wisdom and dignity, to be the best that they can be within every area of the curriculum.
The Implementation of the School’s programme of study for RE is in accordance with ‘The Agreed Syllabus for Religious Education in Cornwall 2020’. RE is delivered as a discrete subject and accounts for 10% of curriculum time. Of this curriculum time, in accordance with the structure of the Cornwall Agreed Syllabus, we have agreed 65% will be focused on Christianity.
Through the implementation of the RE curriculum, we aim to give children a grounded understanding of Christianity, religious and non-religious world views through encounters with living world views. As the children progress through the school, they will encounter different religious and non-religious world-views. In KS1 children will encounter Christians, Jews and Muslims, as well as non-religious world views. In KS2 children will revisit these religious and non-religious world views, but will also encounter Hindus.
Through our teaching of RE children are encouraged to reflect on their learning and make their own decisions about what they believe. The aim of RE is not to make children into religious believers, but to understand that religion and world views still influence and sustain many people in the world today. Our teaching also considers the wisdom of traditions within religious and non-religious world views, and reflect on what they might take from these.
We provide a space for all children to express their home faith or worldview (however, in Church schools teaching is rooted in the Church of England). We follow the Cornwall Agreed Syllabus and use Understanding Christianity to complement this.
Our RE is shaped by our school vision, values and curriculum drivers CAN:-
Develop a Caring heart- Children will find out who they are, their place within the world and how they fit in and aspire to make a difference
Develop an Active mind and body- Children will have the wisdom to use their knowledge and skills to be the best learners now and for their future.
Develop a Nurturing character- Children will stand up for themselves and others; respect each other, be prepared for personal challenge and successfully collaborate.
We aim to enable all children, regardless of background, ability or additional needs, to flourish in Religious Education to become the very best version of themselves they can possibly be.
The children at St Mabyn C of E enjoy learning about other religions and world-views, and why people choose, or choose not to follow a religion. Through their R.E. learning, the children are able to make links between their own lives and those of others in their community and in the wider world, developing an understanding of other people’s king world. They are taught to be respectful of others’ beliefs when learning about and discussing different faiths and world views. Learners are able to draw similarities and differences confidently. Children have the confidence to respectfully ask questions, know where to seek answers and investigate further.