R.E is an essential component of a broad and balanced curriculum. It is a subject which makes a distinctive contribution to the school curriculum as it develops pupils’ knowledge and understanding of religion, tolerance, religious beliefs, practices, languages and traditions and their influence on individuals, communities, societies and cultures. It promotes understanding and respect for religions practised around the world.
At Billesley, we teach R.E in a creative, engaging and inspiring way. We aspire to encourage students to develop an understanding of a range of world religions and use their independent ideas to ask questions and think deeper about religious and cultural issues.
The R.E curriculum is based on a ‘Discovering R.E’ scheme which covers all religions taught at Billesley in great depth and detail. Children are taught to respect other religions and encouraged to respond to a range of important questions related to their own spiritual development and fundamental questions concerning the meaning and purpose of life.
Throughout their school life, children have the opportunity to learn and achieve by visiting different places of worship linked to the religions they are learning about in their year group. On religious school visits, children are encouraged to ask questions and further explore in depth the religion they are learning. All pupils record lessons in their RE books, which follows them throughout the different year groups enabling them to show progression of their learning journey at Billesley.
Through our continuing emphasis on the importance of R.E, our children develop a clearer understanding of the world and religions around them which is necessary for their personal development as active and responsible citizens.