Aims of the Subject
challenge pupils to reflect on, engage with, question and explore their own and others’ understanding of life
raise questions of identity, meaning and value and encourage people to reflect on their experiences, behaviour and opinions
contribute positively and powerfully to the spiritual, personal, social, moral and cultural development of pupils
provide opportunities for pupils to develop key skills and thinking skills
teach children and young people about Christian and other religious and non‐religious beliefs, practices and responses to ultimate questions so that they can understand the world better and develop their own sense of place within it
help children to take their place as citizens of a diverse country and world, understanding and respecting people who are different from them
We make sure that all children's and families' beliefs, and other beliefs we study, are treated with respect.
At Brize Norton, we follow the Oxfordshire Agreed Syllabus for Religious Education. This is focused mostly on the three religions of Christianity, Islam and Judaism, although children also learn small amounts about other faiths. Children learn about these religions (their beliefs, attitudes, stories, celebrations and customs) as well as learning from them - reflecting on what these religions, and those who follow them, can teach us about our own attitudes to life.
How RE is taught
RE is taught by class teachers in Key Stage 1 and by our Higher Level Teaching Assistant, Mrs Bostock, in Key Stage 2. Children learn about faith (e.g. what people of a certain faith believe in and the festivals they celebrate) and from faith (e.g. reflecting on what we can learn today from a parable of Jesus). We have good links with St Britius' Church, including assemblies led by the vicar and several services each year held in the church (Harvest, Remembrance, Christmas and Easter). These services are designed to be suitable for children of all faiths and none; parents are welcome. We occasionally have visitors representing other faiths, such as a Hindu parent explaining about Diwali.
Topics: Key Stage 1 2018 - 19
Do religious symbols mean the same for everyone?
How should people care for the world?
How should the church celebrate Easter?
Are some stories more important than others?
Topics: Year 3/4 2018 - 19
Do Murtis help Hindus understand God?
Does the Christmas narrative need Mary?
Is a holy journey necessary for believers?
Should believers give things up?
Did Jesus really do miracles?
Does prayer change things?
Topics: Year 5/6 2018 - 19
Are the saints encouraging role models?
Is "God made Man" a good way to understand the Christmas story?
Is the resurrection important to Christians?
Do clothes express beliefs?
Does it matter what we believe about creation?
Topics: Key Stage 1 2017 - 18
Who should you follow?
Should we celebrate Harvest or Christmas?
Does everyone celebrate the New Year?
Should everyone follow Jesus?
Can stories change people?
Do we need shared special places?
Topics: Year 3 2017 - 18
Do Christians have to take communion?
Is light a good symbol for celebration?
Is a Jewish or Hindu child free to choose their beliefs?
Can made-up stories tell the truth?
Topics: Years 4 - 6 2017 - 18
Do Muslims need the Qur'an?
Does God communicate with humans?
Does the community of the mosque help Muslims lead better lives?
Was the death of Jesus a worthwhile sacrifice?
What's best for our world? Does religion help people decide?