Religious Education is taught as a core classroom subject in which children learn about the Christian faith of St Mary’s church, a variety of religious themes and ideas, and about different world faiths. Children are also given the opportunity to reflect upon different religious teaching and concepts, and develop their spiritual, moral, social and cultural understanding. There are two aspects to RE learning: Learning about Religions (what people believe, and what they do) and Learning from Religions (reflecting upon our own beliefs and practices). We try to make sure we provide a balance of both aspects within our teaching.
Children learn RE for 1 hour in KS1 and 1 hour 20 minutes in KS2. In the Early Years, children learn about religions and cultures through ‘Understanding the World’ activities, as well as weekly RE sessions.
Children explore 'Big Questions' and spend lots of time discussing and thinking about what the answers to some of the big questions might be.