RE at Parbold Douglas Church of England Academy
RE at Parbold Douglas Church of England Academy is rich, varied and inspiring, with the teaching of Christianity and the person of Jesus Christ at the heart. We are an inclusive community, placing high value on the need to learn about other religions and world views as well as the need to foster respect for all.
Our strong RE curriculum is highly influential in the spiritual, moral, cultural, social and mental development of pupils, making a significant contribution in preparing pupils for the opportunities, responsibilities and experiences of later life. It strengthens our understanding of the Christian values, impacting pupils’ ability to make positive choices and judgements. RE also contributes to the teaching of British values and citizenship, developing the way pupils interact with one another and wider national and global communities.
Teaching our core syllabus ‘Questful RE’ by Blackburn Diocese, we aim to equip our children with the skills and knowledge to hold their own, informed conversations about faith and religion. Through this syllabus we ensure the opportunity to develop a wide range of higher level skills such as enquiry, analysis, interpretation, evaluation and reflection, thus deepening children’s understanding of the impact of religion on the world and enabling them to express personal views with consideration and confidence.
All classes have an RE lesson weekly which constitutes an hour of curriculum time. Wider opportunities for RE beyond the classroom include visits to church at least three times a year, visitors to school, themed days such as ‘other faiths’ where the timetable is given over to RE and trips to places of religious interest. This makes up no less than 5% of curriculum time in total. 80% of RE curriculum time is dedicated to learning about Christianity and a minimum of 20% to other faiths, as recommended by the Diocese of Blackburn.