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Subject Intent

Challenge pupils to reflect on, engage with, question and explore their own and others’ understanding of life.

Raise questions of identity, meaning and value and encourage people to reflect on their experiences, behaviour and opinions.

Contribute positively and powerfully to the spiritual, personal, social, moral and cultural development of pupils.

Provide opportunities for pupils to develop key skills and thinking skills.

Teach children and young people about Christian and other religious and non‐religious beliefs, practices and responses to ultimate questions so that they can understand the world better and develop their own sense of place within it.

Help children to take their place as citizens of a diverse country and world, understanding and respecting people who are different from them.

We make sure that all children's and families' beliefs, and other beliefs we study, are treated with respect. 

 Curriculum overview 

At Brize Norton, children learn about different religions. They include Christianity, Judaism, Hinduism and Islam. Children learn about these religions (their beliefs, attitudes, stories, celebrations and customs) as well as learning from them - reflecting on what these religions, and those who follow them, can teach us about our own attitudes to life. 

How RE is taught

RE is taught by class teachers in both KS1 and KS2. Children learn about faith (e.g. what people of a certain faith believe in and the festivals they celebrate) and from faith (e.g. reflecting on what we can learn today from a parable of Jesus). We have good links with St Britius' Church, including assemblies led by the vicar and several services each year held in the church (Harvest, Remembrance, Christmas and Easter). These services are designed to be suitable for children of all faiths and none; parents are welcome. We visit other places of worship (such as the Cathedral in Oxford and a mosque or synagogue), and we sometimes have visitors representing other faiths, such as a Hindu parent explaining about Diwali.