R.E. at Mead Vale aims to be fun and engaging and to provide a time to think and reflect. It encourages children to think about religions and their beliefs and what that might mean to the children themselves.
RE is taught in accordance with the aims of the Awareness, Mystery and Value Agreed Syllabus produced by North Somerset SACRE (as at February 2020).
We use Discovery RE to plan and deliver our lessons. This uses an enquiry based approached. A question is posed at the beginning of a unit and information, resources and artefacts are shared with the children to enable them to answer the question for themselves. The planning model used in our RE is aligned to that recommended in most agreed syllabi i.e. a 6-part planning process focusing on a 4 step enquiry. Spiritual, Moral, Social and Cultural development opportunities are mapped throughout the units.
Christianity is taught in every year group, with Christmas and Easter given new treatment each year, developing the learning in a progressive way. Hinduism, Islam, Judaism, Buddhism and Sikhism are also covered in different year groups throughout the school. At the end of a child’s time Mead Vale they should have addressed each of the six main religions of the world.
The enquiry approach takes very seriously the philosophy that children are free to make their own choices and decisions concerning religion and belief. RE does not try to persuade, but rather inform and develop the skills with which evaluation can take place.
Here are some interesting external websites with information about Religious Education.