Religious Education (RE)

"The whole purpose of religion is to facilitate love and compassion, patience, tolerance, humility, forgiveness." ~ Dalai Lama

During the teaching of Religious Education, we aim to enable pupils to gain knowledge and understanding of a range of religions and world-views and to use that knowledge to engage in informed and balanced conversations about religions and beliefs. In learning about, and from, different religions, the children have the chance to develop spiritually, morally, socially and culturally and to reflect on their own beliefs.

We have an enquiry based approach to the teaching of RE in order to deepen children’s critical thinking skills through greater subject knowledge and also to allow their own spiritual development. In Key Stage 1 and 2, we follow the Pan-Berkshire syllabus and use the Discovery RE scheme to support our curriculum. Every year group studies Christianity, along with one or two other religions from Judaism, Islam, Sikhism, Buddhism and Hinduism. This is achieved by a different enquiry every half term. In the Foundation Stage, RE is covered as part of the EYFS curriculum, mainly in the Personal, Social and Emotional Development and Understanding the World strands.  We use the children’s own experiences and interests as starting points as we examine festivals, celebrations, customs and traditions.

Through our curriculum, we celebrate our diverse community at Radstock and the teaching of RE supports our Radstock values by respecting others’ views and beliefs.

Curriculum Leader: Mrs Ford