RE at St James’
Learning as a family in Jesus, through Love, Hope and Forgiveness.
Matthew 19:26 “with God all things are possible.”
As a church school, we believe that RE plays a vital role in developing our learners to become global citizens and deeper thinkers who can formulate opinions and respect the beliefs and views of others.
It is the intent of St James’ that Religious Education creates opportunities to engage, inspire, motivate and encourage children through enquiry based learning. Religious Education teaching will equip children with both the knowledge and skills to explore different beliefs, reflect on their own spiritual values, and celebrate diversity and equality, as well as enable pupils to combat prejudices. Our Christian values: Love, Hope and Forgiveness will be at the heart of what we stand for. It is our aim that our Religious Education teaching explores modern day issues and will prepare students for adult life, employment and life-long learning.
The RE intent will be delivered creatively through two different ways:
Learning about religion includes enquiry into and investigation of the nature of religion, its key beliefs and teachings, practices, their impacts on the lives of believers and communities, and the varying ways in which these are expressed. It also includes the skills of interpretation, analysis and explanation. Pupils learn to communicate their knowledge and understanding using specialist vocabulary. It also includes identifying and developing an understanding of ultimate questions and ethical issues.
Learning from Religion is concerned with developing pupils’ reflection on and response to their own experiences and their learning about religion. It develops pupils’ skills of application, interpretation and evaluation of what they learn about religion, particularly to questions of identity and belonging, meaning, purpose and truth and values and commitments, and communicating their responses.
The curriculum is designed to give all learners (including those most disadvantaged and with SEND) the knowledge they need to succeed in life. RE makes a significant contribution to the overall knowledge pupils will need to be global citizens and deep thinkers in the wider community. Allowing children to experience Christian love together with a broad range of religious knowledge enables them to build foundations for a lifelong learning journey in RE.