Religious Education (RE)
Welcome to Religious Education (R.E.)
Please explore to see all the amazing learning, aims and expectations that we have in our religious education here at Applecroft.
At Applecroft, we believe R.E. is an important subject for a child's understanding of the world and the people who inhabit it. We aim to encourage our pupils to show passion and respect for differing worldviews and beliefs. More information about our curriculum implementation is available in our R.E. Policy, which you will find below.
R.E. at Applecroft aims to enlighten and encourage children to see the beauty in differences. We aim for all our pupils to not only be tolerant and accepting of a range of religions and worldviews but also to acknowledge that these differences are what make our world unique. For pupils to be able to understand our constantly changing world, they need to be able to interpret religious issues & evaluate their significance. From the pupils first day at Applecroft, R.E. gives students valuable insights into the diverse beliefs & opinions held by people today. It helps with their own personal development & supports an understanding of the spiritual, moral, social & cultural questions that surface again & again in their lives. In tackling difficult questions, it provides pupils with insight that can work to challenge stereotypes, promote cohesion, and tackle prejudice. R.E. does important work encouraging young people to value themselves & the communities within which they live.
At Applecroft we provide the children with a broad and balanced R.E. curriculum that reflects life in modern Britain, our local community, nationally and globally and is influenced by the Herts Agreed Syllabus.
R.E. plays a significant role in supporting children’s spiritual, moral, emotional and cultural development. We promote and encourage open-mindedness, and explicitly teach the British Value of mutual respect and tolerance of all people, their beliefs and practices. At Applecroft, we teach that difference is a positive, not a negative, and value individual uniqueness.
Throughout their time here, children will learn about the key faiths of people in the UK: Christianity, Judaism, Hinduism, Islam, Buddhism, Sikhism and Humanism. Through our curriculum, the children will develop a strong knowledge, understanding and respect of the key beliefs and practices in each of these religions that will allow them to participate fully in and contribute positively to life in modern Britain.
At Applecroft we promote an enquiry approach; encouraging the children to ask ‘big questions’ about the world around them and seek to find answers to these through personal reflection about their own beliefs, quality first teaching, learning from each other’s experiences of different cultures as well as through first hand experiences.