RE in action at Mersea Island School
Why do we teach RE at Mersea Island School?
At Mersea Island School, we want our children to receive a high-quality RE education so that all pupils develop their knowledge and understanding of Christianity and other religions and consider how the beliefs of others impact on their lives and the lives of others. The
curriculum for RE is carefully sequenced to build knowledge, skills, vocabulary and
experiences which build on prior learning and enable pupils to make connections between
ideas/their learning and the world around them.
We also want pupils to have an appreciation and respect of the different cultures in today’s society; we aim to nurture a sense of fun and curiosity about the subject. We want the children to see RE as being relevant to their world and applicable to everyday life as well as being something that they reflect upon through their school life and ultimately to the world of employment and beyond. To that end, we aim to provide a high-quality, interrelated and creative experience which is one that develops the children’s ability to ask and reflect on challenging questions, and one which allows them to apply the skills they have developed in a variety of ways.
Our curriculum is intended to be progressive, build on prior learning and to actively encourage children to have purposeful memorable experiences. We recognise our school has a very unique setting and use the local environment as a rich learning resource. We are mindful that our pupils need to be aware of the cultural diversity which exists beyond the island and actively seek opportunities to deepen our pupils’ awareness, understanding and tolerance of the multicultural world in which we live.