Religious Education

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Religious Education

Philosophy and Approach

The aim of Religious Education at Cornerstone schools is to help children to acquire and develop knowledge and understanding of Christianity and other major world religions represented in Great Britain. We have ensured that religious education is a rigorous academic subject for all children. They learn to appreciate the way that religious belief can 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.

At Cornerstones, we believe that it is vital for all our pupils to learn from and about religion, so that they can understand the world around them. Through Religious Education, pupils develop their knowledge of the world faiths, and their understanding and awareness of the beliefs, values and traditions of other individuals, societies, communities and cultures. We encourage our pupils to ask questions about the world and to reflect on their own beliefs, values and experiences. Trips to places of worship in our local area, or visits from religious leaders, are included in our planning to enhance our Religious Education curriculum.

 

What you will see in Religious Education lessons

As Church schools, our Christian ethos runs through the heart of everything we do at Cornerstone Schools. Consequently, RE is a core subject and all children spend 10% of their school week learning about Christianity and other major world religions. 50% of our curriculum is learning about Christianity. The Cornerstone schools use a high-quality resources developed by the Church of England, called ‘Understanding Christianity.’ The scheme enables the children to:

  • know about and understand Christianity as a living world faith, by exploring core theological concepts
  • develop knowledge and skills in making sense of biblical texts and understanding their impact in the lives of Christians
  • develop pupils’ abilities to connect, critically reflect upon, evaluate and apply their learning to their own growing understanding of religion and belief (particularly Christianity), of themselves, the world and human experience.

The remaining 50% of our curriculum is dedicated to learning about three other major world religions-Islam, Hinduism and Judaism. For these, we follow the Leeds and York Diocesan Syllabus for Religious Education.

Religious Education is taught throughout the school in such a way as to reflect the overall aims, values, and vision of the school. At Cornerstones, Religious Education plays an important role, along with all other curriculum areas, particularly PSHE, in promoting the spiritual, moral, social, and cultural development of our children.

We ensure that our approach is offered through a commitment to generous hospitality, being true to our underpinning faith, but with a deep respect for the integrity of other religious traditions (and worldviews) and for the religious freedom of each person.

Impact

Here at Cornerstone schools, RE teaching is thorough, methodical and well evidenced. The RE leader receives regular training and updates from the diocese, which is then shared with staff. Pupils achieve well and enjoy learning and discussing religion.

RE offers our children the means by which to understand how other people choose to live and to understand why they choose to live in that way. As such, RE is invaluable in an ever-changing world.

“Good RE equips pupils for life, by helping them to engage in balanced and informed conversations about religion and belief, which touch areas of everyday life on a personal, local and global level.  It also enables them to develop critical analytical skills alongside religious and theological literacy, as well as supporting the thoughtful and reflective development of pupils’ own beliefs and values.”

Rt Revd Jonathan Gibbs, Chair of the Diocesan Board of Education, Bishop of Huddersfield

RE Long Term Plan

RE Progression Document

Religious Education Policy

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