RE at St Peter's

Religious Education is an integral part of our St Peter’s curriculum and one of our core subjects. As a voluntary aided school, we follow the RE Curriculum recommended by Chester Diocese - see link below. Each week we spend time discussing, responding and reflecting individually and as classes. Our lessons are taught in a variety of ways which allow for a creative approach but also offers opportunities for quieter, reflective work to take place.  We focus on and revisit concepts across the years (e.g. God, Church, Resurrection etc) that allow us to deepen understanding at an age appropriate level. Each year group also spends time considering another world faith and making and links between that faith and their own.

At St. Peter’s we encourage challenging questions about beliefs about God. We enhance pupils’ awareness of religion and beliefs, teachings, practices and forms of expression, as well as of the influence of religion on individuals, families, communities and cultures.

Pupils learn from religions, beliefs, values and traditions, while exploring and reflecting on their own beliefs and questions of meaning. We encourage pupils to develop their sense of identity and belonging with the aim of developing children who flourish individually within their communities and as citizens in a global community.

 

Our Vision for Religious Education

At St Peter’s, RE expresses and strengthens our vision, ethos and values which are at the heart of what we aim to do in every aspect of school life. The importance placed on the development of the whole child spiritually, physically, socially, academically, emotionally is reflected in the RE curriculum. In St Peter’s, where pupils and staff come from backgrounds of faith and none, religious education (RE) is a highly valued academic subject that enables understanding of how religion and beliefs affect our lives. We provide an RE curriculum that is rich and varied and study a range of world religions and worldviews. At the heart of RE in St Peter’s is the teaching of Christianity, rooted in the person and work of Jesus Christ which enable learners to acquire a thorough knowledge and understanding of the Christian faith.

Our aim is to provide a wide range of opportunities for learners to understand and to make links between the beliefs, practices and value systems of the range of faiths studied. Links with the Christian values of the school are intrinsic to our RE curriculum. In accordance with our vision, in every class we aim to provide suitable learning opportunities that are matched to the needs of all children. This may be done through providing support, differentiating activities and using a range of teaching and learning styles within lessons. Where possible, teaching will be supplemented with trips to places of worship. Pupils are encouraged to know about, understand and respond to the important and ultimate questions of life. In addition to our RE curriculum, we provide opportunities for pupils to explore, develop and affirm their own faith and values whilst having respect for the faith, beliefs and values of others. Encountering religion and belief includes enquiry into, and investigation of, the nature of religion, its key beliefs and teachings, practices, their impacts on the lives of believers and communities, and the varying ways in which these are expressed. It also includes the skills of interpretation, analysis and explanation. 

Pupils learn to communicate their knowledge and understanding using specialist vocabulary. It develops pupils' ability to consider and relate their learning to questions of: identity and belonging; meaning, purpose and truth; values and commitments. As pupils communicate their responses to learning their religious literacy is developed and enhanced.