At John Henry Newman Academy our vision is for children and adults to ‘Have the courage to let your light shine (Matthew 5:16), love those around you, celebrate our lives and belong within our community.’ Religious Education at John Henry Newman Academy is academically rigorous, encourages critical thinking and lively debate, develops a broad understanding of faiths and world views and also offers vital opportunities for children to reflect and consider big questions making it deeply personal. In R.E, our pupils reflect and question beliefs, explore commonality between world views as well as showing empathy towards people of all faiths and world views. Our Christian values of Love, Courage, Celebration and Community and our vision are explored through RE. We believe all children should be given the opportunity to ‘Let their Light Shine’ (Matthew 5:16) and our RE curriculum helps to support and nourish this. Our vision is theologically underpinned using the bible story of Noah’s Ark which allows children to develop their understanding about what it means to ‘let your light shine’ through a Biblical text.
At John Henry Newman Academy we use understanding Christianity (a resource about teaching Christianity) and Discovery R.E. (a work scheme about religious education) to teach Religious Education. Through enquiry we explore questions about faiths which allows pupils to follow their interests and find relevance for themselves whilst developing their knowledge and understanding about the faith.
All year groups learn about Christianity and one other faith. The curriculum is mapped out effectively to cover a range of religions, festivals and world views across the year and aims to be inclusive of all faiths and world views. Each year the Christian celebrations of Christmas and Easter are taught and children’s knowledge deepened, developing the learning in a progressive way. Hinduism, Islam, Judaism and Sikhism are also covered and other world views are discussed where appropriate.