RELIGIOUS EDUCATION (RE)
RE is concerned with ‘learning about religions’ and ‘learning from religions’ and the faith background of Bronte’s families, children and staff is respected at all times. We believe that RE provides an opportunity to foster awareness, understanding and tolerance of difference, both within school and in the wider world. The subject explores diversity and challenges stereotypes.
Bronte has had a Christian tradition since its foundation. This is reflected in the hymns and prayers in assemblies, saying grace before lunch and the annual Christingle service held in St George’s Church. Through the teaching of Religious Education (RE), the diversity of the local community and that of the pupils attending the School is celebrated. Bronte offers a welcoming and inclusive environment for all pupils, embracing new arrivals and those for whom English is a second language.
Bronte School’s caring ethos and the value we place on the development of the whole child – spiritual, moral, social, cultural and intellectual – is reflected in the RE curriculum. We seek to provide a clearer idea of what religion is about, the importance it plays in many people’s lives and how faiths are expressed in their daily lives and routines. The similarities between faiths are explored, often the foundations of respect and tolerance among citizens of the world.
RE is taught in accordance with the aims of the agreed syllabus, with particular reference to: ‘Religious education should help pupils to develop a positive attitude towards other people, respecting their rights to hold different beliefs from their own and towards living in a society of many religions and beliefs.’
Personal, Social, Health and Economic education prepares children for the critical opportunities, challenges and responsibilities they will face as they grow up. It also helps them to connect and apply the knowledge and understanding they learn in all subjects to practical, real-life situations while helping them to feel safe and secure enough to fulfill their academic potential.
PSHE aims to develop 3 essential skills: intrapersonal (for self-management), interpersonal (for positive relationships) and skills of enquiry, in order to live safe, fulfilling, responsible and balanced lives. These are set into the wider context of our four school Rights and Responsibilities – the right to learn, to be safe, to respect and to play – which are promoted through assemblies and within classrooms.
Bronte follows guidance offered by the PSHE Association Programme of Study which follows three core themes; Relationships, Health and wellbeing and Living in the wider world. Teachers select learning most appropriate to their pupils from suggested coverage provided by the PSHE Association. Learning is also tailor-made should teachers choose to respond to a specific need identified within their class.
Aside from discreet lessons, PSHE permeates all aspects of school life, including whole school themed days, trips and external visitors. At Bronte, PSHE operates alongside both our British Values and SRE (Sex and Relationship Education), which are continuous throughout the academic year.