Vision Statement for RE
Religious Education is taught in line with the Religious Education Syllabus from the Diocese of Chester. This RE syllabus is a collection of medium-term plans based on 11 Christian theological concepts. Each concept is built on progressively from Reception to Year 6.
Schools in the Diocese of Chester have contributed to the writing and trialling of these plans and their input and feedback has been much valued in the completion of the final scheme. This syllabus enables us to provide a rich and varied curriculum covering key concepts, we also support, and enhance, our RE curriculum by using quality resources such as Understanding Christianity. The curriculum is coherent, sequential and balanced offering theology, philosophy and social science.
At St Thomas’ we strive to care for, nurture and educate our children – and in doing so, we teach them how to grow in faith with the knowledge that God is with them always. St Thomas’ takes pride in being a church school and offers a unique opportunity for all staff to model Christianity to children and parents.
Across the whole school day and across the whole curriculum we show our pupils, parents and school community how being a Christian makes a difference. Not just in worship and in RE lessons, but in the way we approach everything that goes on in our school, to bring life in all its fullness. In everything we do, in all our documentation, in the school organisation and management, it should be obvious St Thomas’ school is distinctively Christian.
RE at St Thomas’ aims to provide a sequential and broad understanding of Christianity as a diverse, global, living faith and explores the faiths of others with a deep respect for integrity of other religious traditions in community. In RE we enquire into belief, encounter faith, and engage with questions of meaning and wisdom, expressing what we think. We teach pupils to value and care for each other with hope as a school within the community. RE at St Thomas’ is a subject which enables values, virtues, attitudes and aptitudes to be explored, with dignity and respect as individuals and as a community. RE at St Thomas’ informs about faith, inspires for life, challenges reasoning and celebrates difference. We enable all pupils to develop an understanding of who they are, what they believe and what the meaning of life might be for them and others.
St Thomas’ theologians become enthusiastic, curious and independent thinkers through inspiring their curiosity into the beliefs and values held by members of society and developing their own views. They are motivated, reflective and resilient learners by developing their ability to ponder on puzzling and difficult questions involving questions of right and wrong and moral concerns. Growing in confidence and resilience by being encouraged to explore the ideas and beliefs of others and test their own responses.
We aim for all of our St Thomas’ children to be respectful, compassionate and kind friends through listening carefully to the views and ideas of others and responding with calmness whether they agree or disagree, using evidence to support their argument and make their case. They learn to encourage each other when given opportunities to share how they feel about concepts and values. They develop empathy with others as they seek to understand why people act in the way they do based on their beliefs.
We facilitate and nurture our children to become confident, thankful individuals through exploring the wonder of belief and the evidence of the natural world that is celebrated in many faiths. Through an exposure to the needs of others in the wider world, St Thomas’ children become more aware of how fortunate they are compared to many in our world and develop the grace of gratitude.
St Thomas’ children become tolerant and responsible citizens through developing their understanding of differences in culture and belief, while seeing similarity in human families across the world. We create opportunities to respond to ideas of faith and practice and discuss what impact these may have on the wider world.
We grow together in RE by:
As theologians, we aim to follow our school’s curriculum vision in order to
Be Curious, Be Knowledgeable, Be Creative, Be Compassionate,
Be Reflective, Be Courageous.
Growing together through faith in Jesus Christ, ‘Let all you do be done in love.’
(1 Corinthians 16).