Religious Education is lead by our Deputy Headteacher, Mr Sharp. He works within the team Spirituality team with Mrs Mint. The team includes:
- Mr Sharp - Religious Education Leader
- Mrs Mint - Spirituality Team Leader/ SMSC
- Miss Prince - PSHE Leader
Our RE curriculum aims to provide a broad and balanced understanding of the role religion plays in our world today. We believe that religious literacy is key to ensuring all children, including those who are disadvantage and with SEND, are able to hold balanced and well-informed conversations about religions and worldviews. We aim to achieve this by guaranteeing children learn about a wide range of religions and worldviews from the view point of theology, philosophy and human/ social sciences. Children are encouraged to take on ‘big questions’ as the basis of their enquiry-based learning and explore these through reading and academic study, exciting activities and memorable experiences; inspiring them to think creatively and critically about religion.
Our curriculum is designed to reflect our community, with a main focus on religions which are close to our community, such as Christianity, as well as offering lots of opportunity for in-depth learning about other religious communities across Britain and the world. We believe this diverse offer develops the whole child, underpinned by our school values of Friendship, Courage and Confidence. Through these values, we aim to support pupils’ spiritual, moral, social and cultural development so children are socially aware and respectful of all faiths and are prepared to be compassionate members of our local and worldwide community as they take the next step in their lives.
At St Andrew's we use the Essex Agreed Syllabus for Religious Education , adopted by our governors and staff.
Our RE curriculum is based on the three academic disciplines: Theology, Philosophy and Human/Social Science.
Theology: We call this thinking through believing. It is about asking questions that believers would ask. It requires children to think like theologians, or to look at concepts through a theological lens. Children will explore questions and answers that arise from inside religions and worldviews.Philosophy: We call this thinking through thinking. It is about asking questions that thinkers would ask. It requires children to think like philosophers, or to look at concepts through a philosophical lens. Children will explore questions and answers raised through considering the nature of knowledge, exisitence and morality.Human/Social Science: We call this thinking through living. It is about asking questions that people who study lived reality or phenomena would ask. It requires children to think like human and social scientists, or to look at concepts through a human/social science lens. Children will explore questions and answers raised in relation to the impact of religions and worldviews on people and their lives.
During some Theology units our teachers also use the Understanding Christianity resources to support their planning.
What religions and worldviews do children learn about?