RE - Religious Education
"Religious Education for All”
In delivering Religious Education, Jesse Gray uses the Agreed Syllabus for RE in Nottinghamshire. Religious Education is a part of the legal requirement to be taught to all pupils aged 5 – 18.
At Jesse Gray, the aims of RE is not just about learning the facts of religion, it is about developing children’s understanding so that they can:- ‘describe, explain and analyse beliefs’.
RE gives children the chance to share ideas and insights about the world around them.
At Jesse Gray, RE teaches:
· How children can have an opinion without offending anyone.
· The significance and impact of religions as well as how different religious teachings influence an individual.
· How to be an individual and emphasises the importance of being yourself, no matter what.
· Different world views on issues.
· Skills for the future as life-long learners:
Knowledge and understanding - just a fraction of the skills developed.
Reflection- Using their imagination to develop ideas and explore feelings, beliefs and values before sharing them with others.
Enquiry- Exploring beliefs and not being afraid to ask why, giving us the confidence to talk with others about their beliefs Interpretation- Allowing us to consider how and why different religions along with world views express themselves in different ways.
Communication- Clearly expressing our thoughts, ideas, feelings and information as well as listening to others and using terms accurately.
Analysis and evaluation- Enabling us to compare strengths and weaknesses of a particular argument, considering alternative views and making informed choices, which are supported with good reasons and evidence.
Why is RE so important?
· RE provokes challenging questions about: meaning, purpose in life, beliefs about God, harsh reality, right and wrong, as well has what it means to be human.
· RE will equip the children with knowledge and understanding of a range of religions and world issues, enabling our development of ideas, opinions, and essentially ourselves.
· RE gives us the skills to understand our diverse society, not just for an individual, but a community and the world.
· RE gives us a chance to reflect on our beliefs and challenge them, leading us to a more complex answer and understanding of ourselves.
RE is for everyone because RE does not try to make children religious, nor does it seek to persuade or convert them to a particular belief. Jesse Gray is a culturally diverse community which supports different beliefs, be it religion, atheism or humanism.
Some Whole School Highlights:
In July 2019 Jesse Gray submitted 10 entries for the NATRE SPIRITED ARTS AWARDS .
We were highlighted on the national website in October 2019 for our wonderful Spirited Character - a full size model [who you can see in the main hall ]. The only primary school 3D model to be mentioned!
Pilgrimage: Is it More Than A Journey?