R.E. is taught according to the Bedfordshire Agreed Syllabus and incorporating the school's own existing practice. The Bedfordshire and Luton syllabus was revised in 2019 and is informed by the non-statutory framework for R.E. This syllabus and the schemes taught at RBA, in line with The Education Act 1996, reflect the fact that religious traditions in Great Britain are in the main Christian, while taking account of the teachings and practices of other principal religions represented in Great Britain, as well as examining non-religious views.
At Robert Bloomfield, the aim is to provide pupils with a sound foundation of knowledge and understanding of the world's major religions and their influence on the lives of followers. A vital element of the teaching of R.E. at RBA is to encourage pupils to develop positive attitudes to themselves, their learning and to the beliefs and values of others.
Lessons are delivered with impartiality to all faiths and beliefs and enhanced by visits to places of worship.
Ethics and Values aims to ensure we are producing individuals that have an awareness and understanding of the world around them and the people within it, including themselves. Through combining elements of RE and PSHCE we develop pupils that can engage in deeper thought on the big issues of the day through an engaging and challenging curriculum. We do not aim to impose a religion on pupils, rather we encourage them to be self-reflective and develop their own opinions: we offer religious studies, not religious instruction.
Pupils receive three hours of Ethics and Values over a two-week cycle. Topics include: Looking After our World, Authority, Equality, Suffering, Family Life including Islam, Diversity, Drugs, Managing Loss, Relationships and Sex Education.
Through the teaching of the above areas, we aim to develop a pupils’ understanding of the modern world and how differing views are contained within it. The curriculum is reactive and teaching needs to, at times, be flexible in order to address current events in the news.
As pupils learn to recognise, develop and communicate their qualities, skills and attitudes, they build knowledge, confidence and self-esteem and make the most of their abilities. As they explore similarities and differences between people and discuss social and moral dilemmas, they learn to deal with challenges and accommodate diversity in all its forms. They identify and articulate feelings and emotions, learn to manage new or difficult situations positively and form and maintain effective relationships with a wide range of people.
Ethics encourages respect for different national, religious and ethnic identities. It equips pupils to engage critically with and explore diverse ideas, beliefs, cultures and identities and the values we share as citizens in the UK. Pupils begin to understand how society has changed and is changing in the UK, Europe and the wider world.