At Charlesworth, we have a strong ethos and Christian values at the heart of our curriculum. As a Church school, we have the unique opportunity to help our children explore and develop their beliefs in a supportive and nurturing environment. Through RE, our children have the chance to explore and discuss life’s big questions, as well as constructively challenge their own beliefs. We strive to ensure that our pupils develop an appreciation and understanding of the world around them.
Our own scheme is based off the Derbyshire Syllabus and is tailored to meet the needs of our children. We developed this scheme by evaluating our current approach and making a collaborative decision about what our new scheme should include. Through examining the approach of similar, Church schools and linking to the Derbyshire Syllabus, we developed a bespoke 'spiral curriculum' that means that children revisit previous learning, developing and deepening their understanding as they progress throughout their primary school life.
We are extremely proud to be a Church school with a strong distinctiveness within this area. Our mission and vision is firmly embedded and rooted in school life and permeates everything that we do. Religious Education at our school is underpinned by our vision and values.
In RE we aim to give children a grounded understanding of Christianity and the major world faiths. As the children progress through the school, they will encounter different religions and worldviews. In Key Stage One, children will encounter Christianity, Islam and Judaism. In Key Stage Two, children will revisit these religions, but also encounter Hinduism, Sikhism, and non-religious views, such as Humanism.
Find out about our Worship Themes here
At Charlesworth each term two specific Christian values are explored,
celebrated, and lived out through our assemblies and shared stories.
Significant local, national, and international events are marked and celebrated
with relevance and meaning.
An important aim of RE is that children are encouraged to reflect on their
learning and make their own decisions about what they believe. The aim of RE
is not to make children into religious believers, but to understand that
religion still influences and sustains many people in the world today.
We have regular Open Worship assemblies from Church leaders in the Charlesworth community.
Above all, we believe that the Christian values underpinning our education will enable the children to become confident, reflective, spiritual and morally aware people who can play a role in shaping modern Britain.
The new Derbyshire and Derby City Syllabus for RE aims:
To ensure that every pupil’s statutory entitlement to RE is met, irrespective of their faith or belief, and within this to encourage pupils to explore questions of spirituality, identity, ethics, discrimination and prejudice.
To enable pupils to develop religious literacy and conceptual understanding of what it means to be a person of faith or no faith.
To encourage pupils to articulate their own ideas and experience of religion, belief and spirituality.
To encourage all pupils and teachers to experience RE as an exciting subject that feeds into an understanding of what it means to live in Derbyshire and Derby City and our wider world communities and to promote harmony and good community relations.
• To encourage teachers to produce RE lessons that are challenging, inspiring and engaging to everyone.
• To assist pupils to engage critically with ideas and understanding of religion and belief systems, given the nature of our society, its speed of change and growing social media influences. RE studies how religions and world views shape and are shaped by the societies in which pupils live, promoting deepening understanding of those belief systems.
• To promote interactive, creative and experiential learning that promotes social and ethnic accord alongside the endorsement of fundamental British Values, so that schools will be supported in visiting places of worship, community meeting places and communicating with different social groups across the local community.