At Walkley, we aim to encourage pupils to see RE as a means of self-expression and to develop an awareness and fascination of the world around them.
Religious Education is vital for our children to develop into global citizens who are knowledgeable, open minded and curious about our world. Pupils need to learn, express, respect and understand diverse beliefs and opinions held by people today. Walkley children discover, explore and consider many different answers to questions about human identity, meaning and value. They learn to weigh up for themselves the value of wisdom from different communities, to disagree respectfully, to be reasonable in their responses to religions and world views and to respond by expressing insights into their own and others’ lives.
At Walkley, RE sessions are delivered using Discovery RE based on an enquiry learning approach. The key question for the enquiry is such that it demands an answer that weighs up ‘evidence’ and reaches a conclusion based on this. This necessitates children using their subject knowledge and applying it to the enquiry question, rather than this knowledge being an end in itself. Discovery RE focuses on critical thinking skills, on personal reflection into the child’s own thoughts and feelings, on growing subject knowledge and nurturing spiritual development.
Each enquiry follows a four step approach: