We teach RE in accordance with the Norfolk Education Authority’s agreed syllabus (2012). This seeks to increase children’s understanding of the role of religion in the lives of individuals and the world at large. We respect and explore other faiths as well as Christianity through our teaching. Children learn about and from the world religions. The school promotes High Quality teaching in RE, offering enquiry based and creative learning opportunities.
The purpose and nature of RE in the Diocese of Norwich
The purpose of RE is religious literacy. This means, helping children and young people to hold balanced and well-informed conversations about religion and belief.
In order to fulfil this purpose, we advocate that RE needs to provide a balance between three disciplines. These are:
- Human/Social Sciences
Theology: This is about believing. It looks at where beliefs come from, how they have changed over time, how they are applied differently in different contexts and how they relate to each other.
Philosophy: This is about thinking. It is about finding out how and whether things make sense. It deals with questions of morality and ethics. It takes seriously the nature of reality, knowledge and existence.
Human/Social Sciences: This is about living. It explores the diverse ways in which people practise their beliefs. It engages with the impact of beliefs on individuals, communities and societies.
An animation explaining these three disciplines is available to view here:
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