Religious Education

A rounded understanding of major faiths and the confidence to explore their own personal beliefs provides our children with the skills and knowledge they need to become principled and respectful as adults. It also provides a huge range of opportunities to develop our learning powers, particularly curiosity, empathy and reflectiveness. To find out more about what we teach and how learnng fits together, take a look at our skills and knowledge progression:  

The aim of our RE curriculum

We want our children to develop their individual knowledge and understanding of religions and beliefs in order to become open, principled and respectful citizens in contemporary society. In order to do this, it is vital that our children build-up both a rounded understanding of major faiths and the confidence and curiosity needed to form their own personal opinions. To that end, we have built on the Hertfordshire Agreed Syllabus for RE to provide an education that reflects the beliefs and needs of our diverse community. 

At Bedwell, children in every class are given opportunities to ask and answer provoking, challenging questions about the ultimate meaning and purpose of life, beliefs about God, the self and the nature of reality, issues of right and wrong, and what it means to be human. We want to develop pupils’ knowledge and understanding of Christianity, of other principal religions, other religious traditions and worldviews that offer answers to questions such as these. 

Our children also have opportunities for their own personal development and wellbeing, by being taught to have mutual respect and tolerance for the diverse society we live in. This is also reflected in other parts of the curriculum such as Personal, Social, Health and Economic education (PSHE), geography and history. Children are given opportunities for personal reflection and spiritual development which allow them to deepen their understanding of the significance of religion in the lives of others – individually, communally and cross-culturally.

"Pastoral care for pupils and their families is strong. Pupils feel well cared for because leaders and staff go out of their way to help and support them."

Ofsted report, 2022

Experiences we want every child to have at Bedwell:
  • Visit a broad range of places of worship, both in the local area and beyond, including churches, temples, synagogues and mosques - our target is for children to visit one place of worship each year, linked to the religions they are exploring 
  • Meet religious leaders in local community and have the opportunity to discuss their faith and practices 
  • Have opportunities to handle religious artefacts, learn about their significance and draw their own inferences and conclusions from them. 
  • Share photos, stories, food and clothing from faith ceremonies that they have taken part in with others in their class 
  • Have regular opportunities to discuss their personal faith and beliefs in an open, trusting and respectful environment.
This term's learning

Year 3 and 4Badger class had the opportunity to visit the biggest Hindu temple outside of India, the BAPS Shri Swaminarayan Mandir. This was an amazing experience, and they were awestruck by the beautifully built temple. They  enjoyed learning about how it was built and were amazed at the effort and detail put into it. They were also lucky enough to watch midday prayers and to witness Hindu beliefs in action, whilst respectively observing the ceremonies and listening to the chants.