Religious Education

RE at Ashfield School is valued as a subject, and has an important part to play in promoting the spiritual, moral, social, cultural and intellectual development of our pupils. It is fun and taught in a cross-curricular manner whenever and wherever possible. RE at Ashfield School follows the Hertfordshire Agreed Syllabus that challenges pupils to reflect on, consider, analyse, interpret and evaluate issues of truth, belief, faith and ethics and to communicate their responses. It develops pupils’ awareness, knowledge and understanding of Christianity and other principal religions, religious traditions and world views. It informs children about the world we live in, helping children to gain a greater understanding of themselves and a more sympathetic awareness of the needs of others.  We believe that the provision of RE at Ashfield School equips children to take an active part in a responsible and responsive way in our future society.

The principal aims are to develop knowledge and understanding of religion (Learning about religion) and to explore and respond to Human experience (Learning from religion).

Through learning RE at Ashfield School, this will enable children to:

  •  Acquire and develop knowledge and understanding of the principal religions represented in Great Britain. These include Buddhism, Christianity, Hinduism, Islam, Judaism and Sikhism, each of which is represented in Hertfordshire;
  • Develop an understanding of the influence of beliefs, values and traditions on individuals, communities, societies and cultures, including the local community;
  • Develop the ability to make reasoned and informed judgements about religious and moral issues, with reference to the teachings of the principal religions;
  • Enhance their own development by:

o   Developing an awareness of the fundamental questions of life arising from human experiences, and how religious beliefs and practices can relate to them;

o   Responding to fundamental questions of life in light of their experiences and with reference to religious beliefs and practices;

o   Foster an attitude of fair-minded enquiry towards a whole range of religious and non-religious convictions;

o   Helping pupils to reflect on their own patterns of belief, values and behaviour through exploring religious beliefs and practices with particular reference to Christianity and other major religions;

  • Develop the capacity to form individual attitudes and beliefs based on considered opinions, even though they may differ from the majority;
  • Express their own personal viewpoints in a thoughtful, reasoned and considerate way;
  • Develop a sense of his/her own identity and worth, and to grow in self-knowledge and confidence.

RE is planned using the Agreed Syllabus as a content guide. This has two main attainment targets:

Learning about religion

This includes enquiry into and investigation of the nature of religion, the range of beliefs, teachings and ways of life, sources, practices and forms of expression. It includes the skills of interpretations, analysis and explanation. Through this the pupils should develop an understanding of ethical issues and an understanding of the nature and characteristics of religions.

Learning from religion

This focuses on developing pupils’ reflection on and in response to their own and other’s experiences in the light of their learning about religions. Pupils should develop the skills of application, interpretation and evaluation of what they have learnt about religion. Pupils should develop the skills of application, interpretation and evaluation of what they have learned about religions. Pupils should learn to communicate their own ideas, particularly in relation to the questions of identity and belonging, meaning, purpose and truth, values and commitments.