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 and HEALTH EDUCATION (PSHE)
Bronte School values PSHE provision. It significantly impacts children’s spiritual, moral, social and cultural development and helps to prepare them for the challenges and opportunities of adult life. As part of a whole school approach, PSHE develops the understanding and qualities young people need to thrive as individuals, as part of a family, and as members of the wider community.
PSHE helps prepare 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 fulfil their academic potential.
Discreet PSHE teaching within the classroom focuses on a wide range of themes. Children explore how to respect others and the importance of responsible behaviours, how to recognise and manage emotions and what is meant by a healthy lifestyle. Guidance is given on economic education, sex and relationships education, preventing and tackling bullying, safeguarding and equality.
Whole school themes address key areas such as our Year 6 business and enterprise project. The children plan and organise different ways of raising money, which is then supported by the whole school and wider community. Our whole school French Day enables children to develop their ideas about how similarities and differences between people can arise from a number of factors, including culture and ethnicity.
The whole school approach encourages children to work collaboratively towards shared goals.
PSHE is not planned in isolation. Links are made with relevant subjects to ensure consistency and continuity for our pupils. These include science, ICT, history, citizenship, physical education and design and technology. For example, a Year 1 unit focuses on the design of a healthy ‘fruit kebab’, promoting what constitutes a healthy diet and how they can begin to make informed choices.