Ringwood Road, Christchurch, Dorset, BH23 8JH


Bransgore Church Of England Primary School

Growing in the forest

Religious Education


Tolerance and celebration of individual differences is the fire that fuels lasting love.

- Tom Hannah

View more about how we teach Religious Education at Bransgore here

The curriculum plan for Religious Education can be viewed here

Alongside the subject’s contribution to pupils’ mental, cognitive and linguistic development, RE offers distinctive opportunities to promote pupils’ spiritual, moral, social and cultural development. RE lessons offer a structured and safe space during curriculum time for reflection, discussion, dialogue and debate.

RE promotes the spiritual, moral, cultural, mental and physical development of pupils, and prepares pupils at our school for the opportunities, responsibilities and experiences of later life.

Religious Education has never been more relevant, engaging or challenging as religion and religious issues are in the news every day. For pupils to be able to understand our constantly changing world, they need to be able to interpret religious issues and evaluate their significance. RE gives students valuable insights into the diverse beliefs and opinions held by people in the world today. It helps with their own personal development and supports an understanding of the spiritual, moral, social and cultural questions that will surface again and again in their lives. In tackling difficult questions, it provides pupils with insight that can work to challenge stereotypes, promote unity, and tackle extremism. 

RE does important work encouraging our children to value, love and respect themselves and the community within which they live, as they are ‘growing in the forest’. RE provokes questions about the meaning of life, it offers opportunities for personal reflection and for children to explore their own beliefs and morals. RE therefore promotes inquisitive learning, a respectful and reflective attitude towards the beliefs of others. It promotes independent thought and a healthy way of being. It should prepare pupils for life as global citizens with strong personal values, as well as tolerance in a multicultural, multifaith modern society.