The teaching of Religious Education (RE) is vital for children to understand others beliefs and make connections between their own and others values.
Our RE curriculum allows children to discover and gain an insight into religions within the world that we live in.
We support children to appreciate the way that religious beliefs shape life and behaviour, develop the ability to make reasoned and informed judgements about religious and moral issues and enhance their spiritual, moral, social and cultural development.
RE is taught throughout the school in such a way as to reflect the overall aims, values, and ethos of the school.
RE plays an important role, along with all other curriculum areas, particularly PSHE, in promoting social awareness and understanding in our children. We encourage our pupils to ask questions about the world and to reflect on their own beliefs, values and experiences. We include and promote British values, ensuring that children are aware of their rights and responsibilities as UK citizens.
Being religiously conscious contributes to pupils’ personal development and well-being and to community cohesion by promoting mutual respect and tolerance in a diverse society. Teaching and learning of religious education can also enable pupils to make important contributions to other parts of the school curriculum such as citizenship, personal, social, health and economic education, the humanities, education for sustainable development and others. It offers opportunities for personal reflection and spiritual development, deepening the understanding of the significance of religion in the lives of others – individually, communally and cross-culturally, locally and globally.
Religious education can provoke challenging questions about the ultimate meaning and purpose of life, beliefs about God, the self and the nature of reality, issues of right and wrong, and what it means to be human. It can develop pupils’ knowledge and understanding of Christianity, of other principal religions, other religious traditions and worldviews that offer answers to questions such as these.