RE at Biggin Hill Primary is taught through the Bromley Agreed Syllabus for Religious Education. This Syllabus is soon to be updated.
RE is concerned with the deep meaning that individuals and groups make of their experiences and how this helps them give purpose to their lives. It provides opportunities to explore, make and respond to the meaning of those experiences in relation to the beliefs and experiences of others as well as to one‘s own experiences.
Religious Education in schools should help to:
- Develop pupils‘ knowledge and understanding of Christianity and other principal religions and other world views different to their own.
- Develop respect for and sensitivity to others, in particular those whose faith, traditions, beliefs and values are different from their own.
- Help pupils explore and test their own beliefs and to learn about those of fellow pupils.
- Express and explore pupils‘ own responses to ultimate questions about the meaning and purpose of life, the self and the nature of reality, issues of right and wrong, and what it means to be human.
- Explore pupils‘ own beliefs, values and traditions.
- Articulate pupils‘ own and others‘ views, ideas and beliefs on a range of contemporary issues.
- Explore the influence of family, friends, media, teachings, texts and guidance from moral/religious leaders on beliefs, moral choices and identity.
The curriculum promotes the spiritual, moral, cultural, social, mental, and physical development of pupils and prepares them for the opportunities, responsibilities and experiences of adult life.
That strategies used for the teaching and learning of the key knowledge needs to take into account the varying learning styles of pupils, and therefore include a wide range of quality sources, experiences and resources, including:
- a range of written and spoken religious and non-religious sources (including texts, stories, poetry, prayers, liturgy, worship and sacred texts) in a range of styles and genres different texts, including poetry, diaries, religious/sacred texts, and extended writing.
- visits and trips relating to places of worship or with special meaning/relevance for specific belief systems and religions, and visits from representatives of these.
- artefacts, items, material sources used within religions, faiths or worldviews, that have or are used to express, special or religious values or beliefs.
- sources from Christianity, the other principal religions and worldviews represented in Britain and in the local community.