Religious Education

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Vision Statement: At Billinge St Aidan’s CE Primary School, our Religious Education (RE) curriculum is designed to inspire a sense of wonder, curiosity, and respect for different beliefs and values. Grounded in the Questful RE framework by the Blackburn Diocesan Board of Education, our intent is to provide a rich and diverse RE education that fosters spiritual, moral, and cultural development.

Educational Aims:

  1. Knowledge and Understanding: To ensure pupils have a solid understanding of major world religions, exploring their beliefs, practices, and histories.

  2. Critical Thinking: To develop pupils’ ability to think critically about religious and moral issues, encouraging open-mindedness and respect for diverse perspectives.

  3. Spiritual Development: To nurture a sense of awe and wonder, promoting spiritual development through reflection, meditation, and engagement with religious texts.

  4. Moral and Ethical Awareness: To instill a strong moral and ethical foundation, enabling pupils to make informed and responsible decisions based on their understanding of diverse ethical frameworks.

  5. Respect for Diversity: To cultivate an appreciation for diversity, fostering respect and understanding for different religious and cultural traditions.

  6. Community Engagement: To encourage pupils to actively contribute to their local and global communities, embodying the values of empathy, compassion, and social responsibility.


Curriculum Design: Our RE curriculum, based on the Questful RE framework, is structured to cover a broad range of religious traditions, including Christianity. Knowledge fo other faiths is essential and we encourage those lessons to be delivered as soon as possible within a unit of work The curriculum is sequenced logically to build on prior knowledge and understanding, ensuring a progressive and coherent learning journey.

Teaching Strategies:

  1. Interactive Learning: Utilize a variety of teaching methods, including discussions, debates, role-plays, and interactive activities, to actively engage students in their learning.

  2. Guest Speakers: Invite representatives from different faith communities to share their experiences and answer questions, providing real-world perspectives.

  3. Visits and Field Trips: Organize visits to places of worship, museums, and cultural events to enhance students' understanding of religious practices and artifacts.

  4. Use of Technology: Integrate technology through multimedia resources, virtual tours, and online platforms to enrich the learning experience.

  5. Cross-Curricular Links: Establish connections between RE and other subjects, promoting a holistic approach to education.


Assessment and Evaluation:

  1. Formative Assessment: Regular assessments and feedback to monitor student progress and understanding throughout the academic year.

  2. Summative Assessment: End-of-term assessments to evaluate overall attainment and identify areas for improvement.

  3. Pupil Reflection: Encourage pupils to reflect on their own spiritual and moral development, fostering self-awareness and personal growth.

Monitoring and Review:

  1. Quality Assurance: Regularly review lesson plans, teaching materials, and student work to ensure alignment with the Questful RE framework.

  2. Feedback Mechanisms: Establish a system for collecting feedback from both students and teachers to continuously improve the RE curriculum.

  3. Professional Development: Provide ongoing training and support for teachers to enhance their knowledge and skills in delivering effective RE lessons.

By consistently implementing this Intent, Implementation, and Impact framework, we aim to cultivate well-rounded individuals who appreciate and respect the diversity of religious and cultural traditions, preparing them to thrive in an interconnected and globalized world.

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