Our Christian vision is rooted in John 15:1-17 Jesus as the Vine.
Within nourishing soil of prayer and worship our school and church together provide space, opportunity and support to root, grow, connect and bear fruit; expanding understanding of the world, fostering good relationships, exploring individual’s gifts, and deepening resilience of character.
At Bapchild & Tonge CE Primary School and Nursery, our vision is not solely for children to achieve academically, but that they are nurtured and challenged so they feel confident to flourish with others around them in their community and wider world. They are immersed with our Christian ethos through termly values of compassion, friendship, perseverance, forgiveness, trust and openness which support children in their daily life. Our RE curriculum provides opportunities for children to learn about, understand, question and reflect upon different religions, beliefs, cultures and rituals along with experiencing visiting places of worship. It engages pupils through the promotion of British Values. It gives them an awareness of community close to home and further afield, supporting their growth and awareness as positive members of society. We aim to teach pupils to have a genuine spirit of enquiry in order to be religiously literate which will teach them to be respectful of the lives of people of all faiths and beliefs. RE at Bapchild and Tonge supports children's higher level questioning and enquiry skills as well as helping their spiritual, moral, social and cultural understanding and development.
RE at Bapchild and Tonge follows the Kent Agreed Syllabus (2022 – 2027), and is supported by Canterbury Diocese.
We teach Christianity, Judaism, Islam, Hinduism and Sikhism as units with other world views explored through contrast and comparison with these faiths.
Christianity is taught a minimum of four terms per academic year. We use a resource called 'Understanding Christianity' developed by RE Today and supported by the Canterbury Diocese. This resource helps children to develop their questioning and enquiry skills, focusing on the 'Big Story' of the Bible. Through this resource and the study of other world religions children have the opportunity to develop wonder and ask 'big questions'.
All teaching staff have regular training opportunities supporting their RE knowledge and teaching of this subject. The RE leader meets with other RE specialists from across the Diocese to ensure best practice and latest developments are at the forefront of our teaching and learning.
For details of what is taught in each year group please see the document below: