As a Voluntary Aided School the management of RE is a distinctive role of the governors and headteacher. RE has to be in accordance with the Trust Deed and in accordance with the rites, practices and doctrines of the Church of England. The governing Body as a whole is responsible for determining the nature of Religious Education provided within its school.
At St. Stephen’s we believe that RE should help children to:
- think theologically and explore the great questions of life and death, meaning and purpose
- reflect critically on the truth claims of Christian belief
- see how the truth of Christianity is relevant today and face the challenge of Jesus‟ teaching in modern society
- develop the skills to handle the Bible text
- recognise that faith is not based on a positive balance of probabilities but on commitment to a particular way of understanding God and the world
- respond in terms of beliefs, commitments and ways of living
- develop a sense of themselves as significant, unique and precious
- experience the breadth and variety of the Christian community
- engage in thoughtful dialogue with other faiths and traditions
- become active citizens, serving their neighbour
- find a reason for hope in a troubled world
- understand how religious faith can sustain them in difficult circumstances and in the face of opposition.
We base our teaching of RE on the key principle that good teaching in RE allows children to both learn about religious traditions and to reflect on what the religious ideas and concepts mean to them. Our RE curriculum therefore maintains a balanced approach of Learning about Religion (Attainment Target 1 QCA) and Learning from Religion (Attainment Target 2 QCA).
Learning about Religion
We learn about
- God who reveals the truth about himself and humanity through creation, the giving of the law, his action in history and through the prophets
- God who reveals himself ultimately in Jesus his Son, living among us and dying and rising for us
- God who reveals himself in his Spirit working in the living faith of the Church experienced through scripture, tradition and reason.
Learning from Religion
We learn from
- an empathetic response to the Christian faith and a critical engagement with it
- responding personally to the transforming power of Jesus Christ
- developing a vision for life that transcends a dull materialism and recognises the reality of the spiritual realm
- understanding ourselves and others, celebrating our shared humanity and the breadth of human achievement
- examples of Christian living which give priority to the claims of justice, mercy, holiness and love.
At Astley St Stephen’s CE School we follow the 2014 Blackburn Diocese Agreed Syllabus and use a variety of materials to support learning, such as the Understanding Christianity resource.
You can view the themes covered by each year group here.