What is Religious Education?
Religious Education seeks to help children learn about and learn from the various religious cultures from their community and across the world. Children have the opportunity to ask questions and formulate their own opinions and ideas about their own beliefs and that of others.
RE encourages pupils to develop their sense of identity and belonging as well as promoting discernment and enabling pupils to combat prejudice.
RE makes a distinctive and significant contribution to pupil’s moral, spiritual, cultural and social development.
Parents retain their right to withdraw their children from Religious Education under the 1988 Education Reform Act.
At Tansley Primary School our aims in Religious Education are:
The R.E. Curriculum
The children are taught Religious Education through the Discovery RE enquiry based scheme and is supplemented by the Derbyshire Agreed Syllabus and documentation. The curriculum framework for RE breaks down the aims of RE into 3 strands
A. Know about and understand a range of religions and worldviews, so that they can:
• describe, explain and analyse beliefs and practices, recognising the diversity which exists within and
between communities and amongst individuals;
• identify, investigate and respond to questions posed, and responses offered by some of the sources of
wisdom8 found in religions and worldviews;
• appreciate and appraise the nature, significance and impact of different ways of life and ways of expressing
B. Express ideas and insights about the nature, significance and impact of religions and world views, so that
• explain reasonably their ideas about how beliefs, practices and forms of expression influence individuals and
• express with increasing discernment their personal reflections and critical responses to questions and
teachings about identity, diversity, meaning and value, including ethical issues;
• appreciate and appraise varied dimensions of religion or a worldview
C. Gain and deploy the skills needed to engage seriously with religions and worldviews, so that they can:
• find out about and investigate key concepts and questions of belonging, meaning, purpose and truth,
• enquire into what enables different individuals and communities to live together respectfully for the wellbeing
• articulate beliefs, values and commitments clearly in order to explain why they may be important in their own
and other people’s lives.
Discovery RE meets all these aims and shares the belief that RE makes a strong contribution to the education
of each child by encouraging them to develop skills of critical thinking and analysis, as well as developing
attitudes like empathy, sensitivity and understanding whilst being able to stand up for their own beliefs and
challenge injustice around them.