“RE is like an iceberg. As you unpack ideas, you come to understand deeper meaning.”
At Charlton, RE teaching is built around human development. This includes the academic, personal, spiritual, moral, cultural, aesthetic and physical development of individuals and their interpersonal development in society. The aim of Religious Education at Charlton is to equip our children so that they are able to meet the challenges and opportunities of life and to help them grow as citizens of their locality, nation and world.
RE is provided in accordance with the Oxfordshire Diocese Agreed Syllabus and draws from the most recent practice and educational thinking.
Our curriculum is underpinned by four main drivers: wonder, knowledge, dicovery and responsibility. These drivers inform the way in which our curriculum subjects are planned and delivered. R.E. is taught through an enquiry-based approach; a unit of work begins with a sense of wonder through the use of a ‘big question’. This is then referred to throughout the unit. Children’s knowledge about religion is developed in a variety of ways (trips, visitors, explanations, hands-on activities etc.) and they have the opportunity to learn from religions- developing their sense of discovery. This includes discovery about themselves, their experiences and their values, as well as those of the global community. Becoming a global citizen is a crucial aspect of our R.E. curriculum and it is through this that we teach our children about becoming responsible citizens of the future.
Our RE curriculum comprises of three distinct areas of learning. The initial learning always begins by allowing children the opportunity to share their own personal experiences and their personal understanding of the topic, sharing how it is significant to them and exploring and comparing their experience with that of others. This is followed by the opportunity to learn about religious experiences and concepts. During this time, children will find out about specific religions and religious experiences and concepts and the feelings that may arise from them for believers. Children will be encouraged to consider the religious experiences and concepts and their importance to believers and how these make a difference to how people live. The final area of learning is where children have the opportunity to learn from religions. During this time, children reflect on what they can learn from others and how it can be applied to their own lives.