Religious Education (RE)

We endeavour to make our RE lessons inspiring, memorable and a safe space for our children to explore their own and other's religious and spiritual beliefs and viewpoints. Through story, discussion, assemblies and involvement with St Augustine's Church, we explore Christianity and other religious traditions in a sensitive, careful and age-appropriate manner. An act of worship is held daily in school (please see our Collective Worship section on the school website).

We follow the 'Understanding Christianity Approach' to support our children's teaching and learning. Within this approach, there are eight core concepts that help to tell the 'big story' of the Bible.

At St Chad's, the key concepts that we explore are:
  • God
  • Creation
  • Gospel
  • Incarnation
  • Salvation

Children will encounter these concepts a number of times as they move through school to develop and deepen their understanding. Through these concepts, children are able to examine and reflect upon their own ideas and values. Understanding people's beliefs can be a first step to recognising and appreciating diversity.

To add further scope and diversity to our RE provision, we also follow the Derby City Religious Agreed Syllabus. This Agreed Syllabus for Religious Education (RE) has been approved by both the Derby City Agreed Syllabus Conference and by Derby City Council. It provides the legal framework for a syllabus for RE for all Derby City Schools. The syllabus encourages children to study each religion on its own term and encourages the development of:

  • self-understanding
  • respect for all
  • open-mindedness
  • curiosity and wonder
  • commitment
  • fairness
  • critical -mindedness
  • enquiry
Parents may request that their child is withdrawn from Religious Education and Collective Worship. However, we would hope that all children would participate fully in school life and learn respect for those with a different faith to their own.