The principal aim of Religious Education in Herefordshire schools is;
'To engage pupils in enquiring into and exploring questions arising from the study of religion and belief, so as to promote their personal, spiritual, moral, social and cultural development.'
Each term, we organise a designated RE Week where each class spend the week focusing on an RE Topic from our curriculum. The learning in each year group centres around a question designed to guide children to explore an aspect of a world religion or belief or tackle a broader theme such as, 'How does faith help when life gets hard?'
In each unit of study, children have opportunities to relate learning to the values we hold as a school community and relate ideas or practices to 'rituals' or experiences in their own lives. In this way, teaching about RE becomes relevant and useful in their development as people and in their ability to appreciate the views of other that may appear different to their own.
Pupils explore these topics through thought-provoking discussion, by bringing texts to life, and through various creative expressions from art to poetry. Our most recent RE Week focused on Christianity and year groups explored topics such as Creation, What the Christian God is like, the Gospel, The Trinity and Christianity and Humanism.
If you wish to support or further your child's learning at home, please click on the link above for useful web links.
Reading together is a great way to spark discussion and develop understanding of different religious and non-religious worldviews. We hope you find the following book recommendations helpful in prompting discussions at home and providing more information. Any books which promote diversity, acceptance and which embrace and celebrate difference are also really important alongside this topic. It is good to challenge and broaden our children's thinking about those who may appear different to them and to think positively about the ways they may notice themselves to be different from others.