As a Church of England School, we believe that all children should have the chance to reflect upon their own beliefs and what it means to be a Christian.
As a school within the Diocese of Guildford, we follow the 'Diocesan Guidelines' for RE. The Guildford syllabus is supplemented by units of work from the 'Understanding Christianity' programme which is being rolled out this year and which will allow the children to build up a picture and understanding of the bible through a thread of themes that the children return to each year.
Understanding Christianity and, through its use, RE at LDSM, aims:
- To enable pupils to know about and understand Christianity as a living world faith, by exploring core theological concepts;
- To enable pupils to develop knowledge and skills in making sense of biblical texts and understanding their impact in the lives of Christians;
- To develop pupils’ abilities to connect, critically reflect upon, evaluate and apply their learning to their own growing understanding of religion and belief (particularly Christianity), of themselves, the world and human experience.
The Diocesan Guidelines also include opportunities each year for children to study other world faiths, broadening horizons and enabling children to reflect on the similarities and differences between them.
Emphasis is placed on the development of:
- Asking important questions and making links between thoughts and ideas;
- Expressing views and providing thoughtful responses;
- Applying ideas to their own lives and the lives of others;
- Considering the similarities and differences between faiths;
- Using an increasingly wide religious vocabulary to explain concepts;
- Empathising with others and responding sensitively.
We feel it is important to give pupils time to reflect upon what they have learnt and question the world around them. Pupils are encouraged to consider their opinions on a wide range of subjects and express their opinions through discussion.