Our syllabus for R.E. is 'Questful R.E.' and contains a clear Christian emphasis. Many of the learning objectives within each unit of learning have been written from the point of view that “we believe”, because this is a Church school syllabus and we do believe. However, it is recognised that teachers will have to be sensitive to the other faith backgrounds of their pupils.
Taught within an environment where Christianity is witnessed and experienced in action, pupils in R.E. experience, explore and encounter a wide range of creative and challenging activities that will help them to discover the answers to fundamental questions such as these: -
Who am I and what does it mean to be me?
In what ways do/can I relate to others?
How/where can I encounter God?
How can I make a positive contribution to the world in which I live?
What values, attitudes, beliefs and behaviour are important to me?
What does it mean to have faith?
Who/what influences and inspires me?
At St. John's we also use the 'Understanding Christianity' resource to support pupils in developing their understanding of Christianity, as a contribution to their understanding of the world and their own experience within it.
The following core concepts are explored in the Understanding Christianity approach, as part of the ‘big story’ of salvation, as understood within Christianity.
Our approach to teaching R.E. and the associated resources we use make a positive contribution to wider school priorities, including:
Spiritual, Moral, Social and Cultural (SMSC) development in our church school is distinctive because these four aspects of the school curriculum are inextricably rooted in the reality of God the Holy Trinity - Father, Son and Holy Spirit. The R.E. curriculum at St. John's is the place where excellent and distinctive SMSC is seen most clearly.
Take a peek at this inspirational movie, created by two Y5 pupils inspired by the book 'Only One You'