Religious Education

What is the purpose of Religion?

“The purpose of all the major religious traditions is not to construct big temples on the outside, but to create temples of goodness and compassion inside, in our hearts.”

– Dalai Lama

RE is a statutory subject, distinct from our Church of England status.

At Brill School RE creates an enriched culture, providing opportunities and challenges for pupils to develop deeper thinking. It enriches the children’s life skills explored in PSHE. It also enables pupils to develop transferable skills such as listening, effective communication and reflection.

Building confidence in a nurturing environment so that each child is confident to engage in difficult questions enables our children to thrive as they move up to secondary school and become part of a more diverse environment.


Prayer Space

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This week we have all been lucky enough to visit the church and enjoy the brilliant prayer space that has been set up. Each class was able to take part in the 4 fabulous activities. We thought about our individuality and created a crown, we thought about forgiveness and watched our worries disappear in a vase of water, we watched a bubble tube and relaxed whilst we thought about our own prayers and wishes, and we thought about other places in the world that we could pray for. It was an incredibly experience that all the children enjoyed along with the staff.

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Year 4's representation of God

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Year 4 have been thinking carefully about why symbols and representations of God are important. They chatted about how they are universal and that anyone can understand them, no matter where they are from or what language they speak. They then though about how they could create their own representations of God by thinking about what God means to them. 

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Year 6 concept of God in art

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Year 6 looked at Islamic and Christian art and enjoyed attempting to express their own idea of God. 

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Judaism in Year 2

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In addition to Christianity, Year 1 and 2 have been learning about Judaism. They have been looking at different religious celebrations and and thinking about why they are special. We have also been looking at our school value of peace and exploring the Jewish word and symbol for it. 

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Year one's visit to Brill Church

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Today, Wednesday 9th December, Year 1 visited Brill Church. We have been thinking about 'special places' that make us feel calm, relaxed and connected! We have found calm places at school, where the tranquil setting helps us to be our 'Brill child', and today we saw how a special place, such as church, can help us also feel that sense of inclusion and belonging. The children enjoying being able to freely roam the church and explore. Thank you to Jenny for welcoming us in.

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How is RE taught at Brill School?

We ask big questions' starting from the children’s perspective, extending to our school experience and then deepening our knowledge through Christianity around the world and other world religions. These questions explore how different people respond to life’s key events and ways of making a difference in our lives.

We learn about the beliefs, stories and traditions from Christianity, Judaism, Hinduism, Islam and Buddhism and include non-religious viewpoints.

Some big questions overlap with PSHE, Literacy work, Humanities and the Creative Curriculum.

Importantly children learn to reflect on what they think and to respect different views.

We enrich the learning in school with visitors and trips to Brill Church, Bayeux cathedral on our French Trip, a Hindu temple in London and the Oxford Synagogue.

Children are encouraged to make links between school values and RE in reflective areas of the classroom. We enrich our ability to reflect in Prayer Space - a reflective interactive week.

"It let me relax and think about nature and all the things God made in this world.’"Pupil voice

Children develop their sense of wonder through changing seasons in the beautiful natural surroundings of Forest School.

Brill pupils’ view of RE is a positive one; they feel secure enough within a nurturing environment to engage and express themselves fully in lessons, regardless of ability. Pupils gain self-confidence and develop a thirst for learning to enable them to reach their potential. Assessment within RE encompasses many of the life skills we aim to give a Brill Child.

The Oxford Diocesan Scheme of work ensures a progression of learning.

Mrs Keeping and Miss Chenery

R.E Coordinators