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J Caunter

Religious Education

“Be curious, not judgemental.” Walt Whitman 

What is RE?

Religious education in English schools: non-statutory guidance 2010

RE is an important subject in itself, developing an individual’s knowledge and understanding of the religions and beliefs which form part of contemporary society. RE provokes challenging questions about the ultimate meaning and purpose of life, beliefs about God, the self and the nature of reality, issues of right and wrong and what it means to be human […] RE also contributes to pupils’ personal development and well-being and to community cohesion by prompting mutual respect and tolerance in a diverse society.

South Gloucestershire Agreed Syllabus 2016-2021

The principle aim of RE is to engage pupils in systematic enquiry into significant human questions which religion and worldviews address, so that they can develop the understanding and skills needed to appreciate and appraise varied responses to these questions, as well as develop responses of their own.

The Three Fold Aims of RE

The RE curriculum, according to the South Gloucestershire Agreed Syllabus, adopts a threefold aim of RE which is reflected in Barrs Court’s curriculum overview:  

Believing – knows about and understand a range of religions and worldviews

Expressing – express ideas and insights about the nature, significance and impact of religions and worldviews

Living – gain and deploy the skills needed to engage seriously with religions and worldviews        


What does RE at Barrs Court look like?

Religious Education at Barrs Court Primary School explores big questions to find out what different people from a variety of religions believe, and consider how their religious beliefs inform their way of living. The range of religions children encounter include Christianity, Islam, Hinduism and Humanism amongst others. Children at Barrs Court are encouraged to reflect on their own developing views and generate questions in response to finding out about others’. Each unit explores a key question where ample opportunities are provided for children to explore, analyse and reflect on the principles of a religion. Religious Education at Barrs Court is taught through art, drama, storytelling and exploring artefacts; reading and writing opportunities also feature throughout each unit. Our recent participation in the Spirited Arts Competition proved very successful! Children are also offered additional insight into different religions by visiting a place of worship and/or receiving a visitor to the school. The pride we take in the delivery of an effective Religious Education curriculum is reflected in The Wire Award, which we recently received.