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Religious Education

We use an innovative and comprehensive scheme of work for Religious Education (for ages 3-12) as we believe RE is a vitally important component of children’s personal, social and spiritual development. Developing an understanding of their own and others’ worldviews underpins the growth of empathy and respect. We appreciaite that we all see the world through the lens that has been formed by our experiences, upbringing, culture etc. and that this influences our decision-making and our own way of seeing the world.

In Jigsaw RE, all the worldviews studied are treated as equally valid and valuable, hence the scheme refers to both ‘religious’ and ‘non-religious’ standpoints as ‘worldviews’ so as not to imply preference or differentiate unfairly.

Our belief is that by using this model, children’s critical thinking skills can be developed, their motivation to learn increased, and their knowledge and understanding of, and empathy with people and their worldviews (religious or otherwise) will be enhanced.

This approach takes very seriously the philosophy that children are free to make their own choices and decisions concerning their own view of the world and their beliefs and morals. RE does not try to persuade, but rather to inform and develop the skills with which evaluation can take place.

The scheme we use is called Jigsaw RE and more information is available here - Jigsaw Education - Leading provider of PSHE and RE education (