Religious Education has a unique place as a subject in the school curriculum. It is part of the required curriculum for all children but, it is the only one that is decided locally. Therefore, Stone with Woodford Cof E Primary School follows Understanding Christianity and the Gloucestershire Agreed Syllabus for 2017. Understanding Christianity aims to develop children's ability to think theologically and engage in theological enquiry; it focuses on a number of core concepts in order to develop a deep understanding of Christianity. Alongside this our children study other faiths - ‘Learning about religion’ and ‘Learning from religion’. The key aim is ….’to engage pupils with key questions arising from the study of religion so as to promote spiritual, moral, social and cultural development.’ The children will develop a deep knowledge and understanding of Christianity and other principle world religions, other religious traditions and world views.
The essential characteristics of religiously literate pupils are:
An outstanding level of religious understanding and knowledge.
A thorough engagement with a range of ultimate questions about the meaning and significance of existence.
The ability to ask significant and highly reflective questions about the meaning and significance of existence.
The ability to ask significant and highly reflective questions about religion and demonstrate an excellent understanding of issues related to the nature, truth and value of faith and religion.
A strong understanding of how faith, beliefs, values, practises and ways of life within any religion cohere together.
Exceptional independence; the ability to think for themselves and take the initiative in, for example, asking questions, carrying out investigations, evaluating ideas and working constructively with others.
Significant levels of originality, imagination or creativity, which show in their responses to their learning in RE.
The ability to link the study of religion and belief to personal reflections on meaning and purpose.
A wide knowledge and deep understanding across a wide range of religions and beliefs
If a parent wishes to withdraw their child from RE for religious reasons they will need to discuss this with the Head teacher