Religious Education

In an Anglican school, the educational process is rooted in the living faith of the school. This goes beyond the ethos of the school to affect the planning and teaching in every curriculum area. Religious Education is not just an academic subject, but, lying at the very heart of the curriculum, has an important role in reflecting and conveying the distinctively Christian character of the school.

At Archbishop Runcie First School we use the Religious Education Syllabus for Church Schools (EYFS, KS1 & KS2) published in 2013 by the Diocese of Durham Board of Education and Newcastle Diocesan Education Board in consultation with Blackburn Diocesan Board of Education. Entitled ‘Questful RE – Creative and Challenging’ the syllabus aims to ensure, as far as is possible, that the children in our Church Schools experience quality RE that is both creative and challenging; RE that is distinctively rooted in the message of the Gospel and taught in an environment where Christianity can be witnessed in action. It is not the role of RE to indoctrinate or evangelise.

Through a wide variety of Experiences, Explorations and Encounters RE is there to INSPIRE the learner to discover the answers to ultimate questions such as these:-

  • Who am I and what does it mean to be me?
  • In what ways do/can I relate to others?
  • How/where can I encounter God?
  • How can I make a positive contribution to the world in which I live?
  • What values, attitudes, beliefs and behaviour are important to me?
  • What does it mean to have faith?
  • Who/what influences and inspires me?