‘True religion is real living; living with all one’s soul, with all one’s goodness and righteousness.’ Albert Einstein
At St Barnabas, we want our children to explore the big questions about life, to be curious and find out what people believe and what difference this makes to how they live. We want our children to be equipped with the knowledge, understanding and skills needed to be able to handle questions raised by religion, belief and life itself. We want our children to be able to reflect on their own ideas and ways of living leading to responsible, tolerant and well-informed citizens ready to take on the world – Bring it! Bring Respect!
Our RE syllabus is in line with the Cornwall syllabus and is predominantly Christian in character although the six major world religions are represented.
This piece of artwork THE BIG STORY tells the story of the Christian religion from Creation and to the new Kingdom of God. It is used as a timeline to set learning in RE within an historical context.
Our programme of learning
At St Barnabas MAT we follow the 2020 Cornwall Agreed Syllabus which has been created for Cornwall SACRE and approved by Cornwall Council. It provides a coherent framework for setting high standards of learning in RE and enabling all our children to reach their potential in the subject. It builds on the good practice established in the previous Cornwall syllabus over many years.
RE is not simply about gaining knowledge and understanding about religions and beliefs, it also helps our children to develop their own understanding of the world and how to live, in the light of their learning, developing understanding, skills and attitudes. It makes a significant contribution to pupils’ spiritual, moral, social and cultural development, as well as important opportunities for exploring British values.
It offers open, enquiring, exploratory RE, suitable for children who have religious faith of their own as well as for those who have no religious faith. In addition to this, the syllabus offers the Curriculum Kernewek – the Cornish element to the syllabus which reflects upon and embraces the Cornish as a national minority, aims to raise aspiration and achievement for our children by using Cornwall’s past to celebrate the present and build aspirations for the future.
The RE that is taught allows our children to deepen their knowledge about religions and to develop their ‘religious literacy’. It does this by studying one religion at a time (‘systematic’ units), and then including ‘thematic’ units, which build on learning by comparing the religions, beliefs and practices studied.