At Broadmayne School, through our teaching of Religious Education, we aim to develop the children’s knowledge and understanding of the major world faiths and world views whilst also addressing the fundamental questions in life. Children will be given the opportunity to reflect on what it means to have a faith and to develop their own spiritual knowledge and understanding. We believe that if given a rich variety of experiences including visits and visitors, the children can learn from religions as well as about religions.
The aims of Religious Education at Broadmayne First School are to:
Develop knowledge and understanding of Christianity and other major world religions, world views and value systems so that they appreciate the cultural differences in Britain and around the world today
Enable the children to develop an understanding of what it means to be committed to a religious tradition
Have respect for other peoples’ views and to recognise and celebrate the diversity in society.
Develop the skills to be able to reflect on their own experiences and to develop a personal response to the fundamental questions of life
Enable the children to develop investigative and research skills which will allow them to make reasoned judgements about religious, social and moral issues.
Our RE curriculum contributes to many other important areas of the curriculum. Through effective RE, children develop their literacy skills of reading, writing, speaking and listening. Children will also learn the vocabulary necessary to contribute towards discussions and to complement or contrast the views of their peers. We see RE as an important opportunity to develop our children’s Cultural Capital.
RE and British Values.
We recognise that RE makes an important contribution to a school’s duty to promote community cohesion and to the teaching of British values. RE provides a key context to develop young people’s understanding and appreciation of diversity, to promote shared values and to challenge racism and discrimination. RE provides opportunities to promote an ethos of respect for others, challenge stereotypes and build understanding of other cultures and beliefs. This contributes to promoting a positive and inclusive school ethos that champions democratic values and human rights. As we are a small, rural village school, we believe that these aspects of RE are particularly important so that the children develop a true representation and understanding of the diverse world in which they live.
The RE curriculum is planned with guidance from the Dorset Sacre. Children will learn about all key religions during their time at Broadmayne First School. Each unit takes the form of an enquiry about an aspect of the religion - details are contained in the RE scheme of work below.