As a church school, we follow the Blackburn Diocese Board of Education Religious Education syllabus. This was revised in 2017. The aim of the curriculum is to give pupils a sense of being on a quest of discovery. A key feature of the syllabus is the large number of questions included in each unit. The purpose of these questions is to give pupils opportunity to investigate, reflect, evaluate and make meaning. In doing so, the intention is that they will discover more about themselves, their relationships with others, their relationship with the world around them and their relationship with God. Pupils will experience, explore and encounter a wide range of creative and challenging activities that will help them to discover the answers to ultimate questions such as these:-
Who am I and what does it mean to be me?
In what ways do/can I relate to others?
How/where can I encounter God?
How can I make a positive contribution to the world in which I live?
What values, attitudes, beliefs and behaviour are important to me?
What does it mean to have faith?
Who/what influences and inspires me?
The aims of Religious Education in our Church school are:-
- To enable pupils to encounter Christianity as the religion that shapes British culture and heritage and influences the lives of millions of people today;
- To enable pupils to learn about the other major religions, their impact on culture and politics, art and history, and on the lives of their adherents;
- To develop understanding of a religious faith as the search for and expression of truth;
- To contribute to the development of pupil’s own spiritual/philosophical convictions, exploring and enriching their own faith and beliefs.
The outcomes for pupils at the end of their education in church schools are that they are able to:-
- Think theologically and explore ultimate questions;
- Reflect critically on the truth claims of Christian belief;
- Develop the skills to analyse, interpret and apply the Bible text;
- Recognise that faith is a particular of understanding and responding to God and the world;
- Analyse and explain the varied nature and traditions of the Christian community;
- Make a well informed response to Christianity;
- Respect those of all faiths in their search for God;
- Reflect critically on the on all areas of shared belief and practice between different faiths;
- Enrich and expand their understanding of truth;
- Reflect critically and express their views on the human quest and destiny.
Further details can be found at http://www.bdeducation.org.uk/