What does R.E. look like at Archbishop Hutton’s?
Religious Education (R.E.) is taught following the Lancashire Agreed R.E. Syllabus. At the heart of Lancashire's syllabus is the quest to understand what it is to be human. By learning about and from religion we can become more open minded, respectful and achieve greater self-awareness. The knowledge and attitudes developed though R.E. make a significant contribution to promoting and developing community cohesion.
Our children have regular opportunities to explore Christianity through experiences in both our local Anglican and Methodist churches such as taking part in services, visiting the churches to learn about their features and engaging with worshippers. Collective Worship supports their understanding of Christianity and builds relationships with both local church leaders. In the same way, we provide children with opportunities to learn about other world religions through inviting visitors to school and visiting other places of worship. Children are encouraged to explore and ask questions in order to develop their own understanding of religions, both their similarities and differences.
50% of the Lancashire R.E. Syllabus focuses on Christianity and 50% on learning about other world religions.
Why is R.E. an important part of our curriculum?
All children need to acquire core knowledge and understanding of the beliefs and practices of the religions and world views that shape their history and culture, while at the same time guiding their own development. The modern world needs young people who are sufficiently confident in their own beliefs and values that they can respect the religious and cultural differences of others, and contribute to a cohesive and compassionate society. R.E. provides a particular insight into spiritual and moral education within the curriculum, and makes a distinctive contribute to understanding society and cultural diversity through developing understanding of religions.
What do our children think about R.E. at Archbishop Hutton’s?
‘It’s important to know about different religions then we get to know and understand more about the world.’
‘Our Christmas play was I’m Gonna Shine. It was about Jesus being born at Christmas and represents a new life for everyone.’
‘We learnt a lot about Islam when we went to the mosque because it was a real experience, both being inside the mosque and learning from the Imaan.’
‘I saw the cross at the Methodist Church, one inside and one outside.’