Religious Education

  • To deliver the Cornwall Agreed Syllabus for RE, which identifies three key areas: making sense of beliefs, making connections and understanding the impact.

  • To explore what people believe and what difference this makes to how they live, so that pupils can gain the knowledge, understanding and skills needed to handle questions raised by religion and belief, reflecting on their own ideas and ways of living. 

  • To enable children to become independent and responsible members of a society who understand and explore big questions about life and to find out what people believe and what difference this makes to how they live.

  • To provide children with opportunities for them to learn about and from religions and worldviews in local, national and global contexts, to discover, explore and consider different answers to these questions.

  • To equip children with systematic knowledge and understanding of a range of religions and worldviews, enabling them to develop their ideas, values and identities.

  • To develop an ability to debate and discuss important issues so that they can participate positively in our society, with its diverse religions and worldviews.

  • To provide children with opportunities to make sense of a range of religious and non-religious beliefs, understand the impact of and significance of religious and non-religious beliefs and make connections between religious and non-religious beliefs, concepts, practices and ideas studied.

At Gerrans Primary School, we use Jigsaw RE to deliver the Cornwall Agreed Syllabus for RE. Jigsaw RE takes a enquiry approach to RE that introduces and covers principal world religions and worldviews.
Our belief is that when using this model well, children’s critical thinking skills can be developed, their motivation to learn increased, and their knowledge and understanding of, and empathy with people and their worldviews (religious or otherwise) will be enhanced.
This approach takes very seriously the philosophy that children are free to make their own choices and decisions concerning their own view of the world and their beliefs and morals. RE does not try to persuade, but rather to inform and develop the skills with which evaluation can take place.
We strive for:
  • All children to acquire the age-appropriate related knowledge linked to the Cornwall Agreed Syllabus 2020-2025 and the EYFS curriculum.
  • An ability and confidence in our children to have meaningful and thought-provoking conversations as they grow older in our world today.
  • An understanding of the vocabulary and knowledge of the diverse religions and beliefs in our world today, and a healthy respect for these.
  • An enjoyment and capability to learn how to investigate and research their own, and others’ religious thoughts and beliefs.