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Religious Education at St Nicolas

Religious Education at St Nicolas' provokes challenging questions about the ultimate meaning and purpose of life, beliefs about God, the self and the nature of reality, issues of right and wrong and what it means to be human. It develops pupils’ knowledge and understanding of Christianity, other principal religions, other religious traditions and other world views that offer answers to questions such as these. 

It offers opportunities for personal reflection and spiritual development. It enhances pupils’ awareness and understanding of religions and beliefs, teachings, practices and forms of expression, as well as of the influence of religion on individuals, families, communities and cultures. 

Religious Education encourages pupils to learn from different religions, beliefs, values and traditions while exploring their own beliefs and questions of meaning. It challenges pupils to reflect on, consider, analyse, interpret and evaluate issues of truth, beliefs, faith and ethics and to communicate their responses.

Religious Education encourages pupils to develop their sense of identity and belonging. It enables them to flourish individually within their communities and as citizens in a pluralistic society and global community. Religious Education has an important role in preparing pupils at St Nicolas for adult life, employment and lifelong learning. It enables pupils to develop respect for and sensitivity to others, in particular those whose faiths and beliefs are different from their own. It promotes discernment and enables pupils to challenge prejudice.


Why Do We Want St Nicolas Pupils to Learn RE?

'RE is vital in preparing pupils to engage in a diverse and complexmulti-religious and multi-secular society.’ (Ofsted research review)

The three types of RE knowledge - pillars of progression:

  • Substantive knowledge: Pupils learn subject content about various religious and non-religious traditions.
  • Ways of knowing: Pupils learn ‘how to know’ about religion and non-religion.
  • Personal knowledge: Pupils build an awareness of their own presuppositions and values about the religious and non-religious traditions they study

The Ofsted review emphasises that these two types of knowledge should be taught alongside each other, not separately.

Opportunities are carefully planned for pupils to relate the learning to their own personal knowledge.


How is RE taught?

  • Weekly lessons
  • Range of religions
  • Use of good quality texts
  • Use of sacred texts
  • Encourage thinking from different perspectives
  • Use community links – visitors, visits
  • Rich scheme – new blend with researched pedagogy and teacher subject knowledge support to encourage deep dive questions and discussion
  • Well evidenced books
  • Quality assessment


What you can expect to see in RE lessons

  • Children engaged in a range of learning activities
  • Children using a range of resources to explore and research such as artefacts, ICT, information books, video clips
  • Children expressing their personal reflections and critical responses to questions and teachings about identity, meaning and value
  • Children explaining their ideas about how beliefs and practices influence individuals and communities and making comparisons between different faiths
  • Children showing tolerance, mutual respect and a genuine interest through our whole school values such as ‘Respect’ and ‘Curiosity’