By following Jigsaw RE at Helmdon school we intend that Religious Education will:
- adopt an enquiry based approach as recommended by Ofsted, beginning with the children’s own life experience before moving into learning about and from religion.
- provoke challenging questions about the meaning and purpose of life, beliefs, the self, and issues of right and wrong, commitment and belonging. It develops pupils’ knowledge and understanding of Christianity, other principal religions, and religious traditions that examine these questions, fostering personal reflection and spiritual development.
- encourage pupils to explore their own beliefs (religious or non-religious), in the light of what they learn, as they examine issues of religious belief and faith and how these impact on personal, institutional and social ethics; and to express their responses.
- enable pupils to build their sense of identity and belonging, which helps them flourish within their communities and as citizens in a diverse society.
- teach pupils to develop respect for others, including people with different faiths and beliefs, and helps to challenge prejudice.
- prompt pupils to consider their responsibilities to themselves and to others, and to explore how they might contribute to their communities and to wider society. It encourages empathy, generosity and compassion.
- develop a sense of awe, wonder and mystery.
- nurture children’s own spiritual development.
Christianity plus one other religion is taught in each year group, with one additional religion taught in Year 5 and an introduction to Humanism in Year 6.
RE teaching brings together learning about and from religion, questioning and spiritual development. Teaching strategies are varied and are mindful of the need for adaptive teaching, . Each enquiry starts from the children’s own life experiences using these as a bridge into the investigation of the religion being studied.
RE is taught weekly in every class as a discrete subject. British values are integral to RE teaching but are also brought into all aspects of school life, including assembly times.