The purpose of Religious Education at Bradford Academy is to develop our learners own thinking and understanding of the world’s main religions, with a focus on Christianity. The subject explores significant theological concepts within Christianity as part of developing pupil’s wider religious, theological and cultural literacy.
Bradford Academy use Understanding Christianity developed by the Church of England in response to Ofsted’s report ‘Making a Difference’. Children will explore key theological concepts enabling them to know more about and understand Christianity alongside their own self-understanding and understanding of the world. They will develop knowledge and skills in making sense of biblical texts and understanding how they may impact the lives of Christians. It also allows room for pupils to develop their abilities to connect, reflect, evaluate and apply their learning to their own understanding of religion and belief, of themselves and the world and human experience.
Children are part of weekly RE lessons and also involved in RE Theme Days through the academic year. The nature of delivery and the ‘spiral’ curriculum allows pupils to revisit the core concepts as they move through Bradford Academy exploring the key Christian values and how they fit with their own beliefs and personal religions.
Staff are well trained and regularly monitor children’s progress to ensure that they are engaged in activities that develop their skills and help them grow in confidence. Staff provide many and varied opportunities for children to develop their speech through careful questioning and a range of interesting activities. Children are safe and happy and play well together.