At Marshwood, we use a creative and flexible approach to provide RE, incorporating art, music and drama into our study. Pupils learn about Christianity as the main religious tradition in this country, but also about other principal religions represented in Britain such as Judaism, Hinduism and Sikhism. RE, however is not only about understanding specific religious traditions. It offers pupils the opportunity to think about their own lives, values, attitudes or beliefs and the chance to express their thoughts and ideas in a variety of ways.
The study of Christianity is at the heart of our curriculum. We follow the Christian calendar and embed the core Christian values throughout our teachings of other faiths. We use 'Understanding Christianity', which provides a systematic and consistent process which enables children to develop their understanding of religious traditions of our increasingly diverse society. The principal aim of RE is to engage pupils in enquiring into big questions arising from the study of religion, belief, philosophy and ethics. In doing so, Religious Education will support pupils’ own personal moral, philosophical, ethical and spiritual development and promote respect for others.
As a Church of England school we take seriously our role of presenting Christianity as a living faith. A close link with the church community is encouraged so pupils can see Christian Life, Worship and commitments at every opportunity. We also make a point of marking the celebrations of the Christian Year to deepen their understanding and support our Christian ethos.