Religious Education (RE)
As a Church of England school, we believe that high quality Religious Education is the key to enabling all children to flourish.
We follow the “Questful RE” scheme, produced by Blackburn Diocese. This syllabus has been designed to embrace the explicit teaching of Christian concepts and God’s Big Salvation Story, which is focused around the following narrative: Creation, Fall, People of God, Incarnation, Gospel, Salvation and the Kingdom of God.We use "God’s Big Story” to help us to understand the Bible narrative. It helps us to understand the Bible as more than a collection of different texts, more as one overarching, coherent story. Each unit of teaching and Christian value can be related to “God’s Big Story.”
There is a clear, sequenced curriculum that allows pupils to revisit key concepts and build upon prior learning. These areas are revisited at each key stage to enable pupils to retrieve and deepen their knowledge and understanding about the key concepts and practices set down in the Blackburn Diocesan syllabus.The curriculum time allocated to Religious Education is approximately 10% (equivalent to 1 hour per week but may be blocked into different time units as appropriate for children and the timetable). It is taught from reception to year 6. The balance of time allocated to Christianity is 80%, with at least 20% to two other faiths. As recommended by the Diocese, Judaism and Islam are the non-Christian faiths studied, with reference to Hinduism and Sikhism.
The R.E. curriculum provides opportunities to explore how beliefs have shaped the way in which humans understand themselves, each other and the world around them.The children are encouraged to ask and discuss lots of questions, even those which seem impossible to answer. The children will confidently navigate their own religious journey, searching together for answers and understanding.
In R.E., floorbooks are used as a tool used to record children’s thoughts and ideas enabling the inclusion of all. Everyone has a voice and all make their mark. A variety of approaches will be used to ensure understanding, progression and enjoyment for all, including direct teaching, real experiences through visits and handling artefacts, dance, drama, singing, discussion and art opportunities.The use of Christ Church Treales’s church, clergy and congregation are used where possible to aid teaching and learning in RE.
The Religious Education syllabus is reinforced through Collective Worship, daily acts of prayer and worship within the school and reflection upon the yearly cycle of Christian festivals and seasons.