Religious Education at St John’s aims to enable all pupils to know about and understand Christianity as a living worldwide faith that influences the lives of people so that they shine the light of Jesus Christ. In order to provide our children with a sense of global stewardship, it is important that we enable pupils to know and understand about other major world religions and world views, their impact on society, culture and the wider world, enabling pupils to express ideas and insights. Therefore, we aim to offer children experiences of a range of faiths through visits and visitors. Through our challenging and creative RE curriculum, we aim to contribute to the development of pupils’ own spiritual/philosophical convictions, exploring and enriching their own beliefs and values so that they will want to make a difference in the local and wider communities.
Our RE reflects the Church of England statement of entitlement through the Blackburn Diocese syllabus and is also linked to the Methodist units of work. Each unit begins with a ‘Big Question’ which the children can instantly engage with, regardless of their own beliefs and worldviews. Throughout each unit, children learn about and from religion in order to answer the big questions. By the end of the unit, each child reflects on what they have learned throughout the enquiry to reach their own conclusion based on evidence.