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Religious Education

Aims 

RE is an important part of the school curriculum and is taught relevant to the child’s stage of development and experience. We seek to provide a clearer idea of what religion is about, the importance that it plays in many people’s lives and how the faith is expressed in their daily lives and routines. The overall aims are as follows: 

  • That all children form their own opinions about religious beliefs and customs and that they develop an understanding and tolerance of people who hold a strong faith. 

  • That children enjoy learning about religion because it is taught in a stimulating and interesting way that arouses their curiosity and develops positive skills and attitudes. 

  • That the children develop a sense of awe and wonder about the world around them. 

  • To help pupils understand some of the impact of religion throughout the world, its influences on the lives of individuals and communities and its effect on the cultural diversity of their own and other societies both presently and in the past. 

  • To support pupils' spiritual, moral, social and cultural development by encouraging self-awareness and respect. 

  • To help pupils develop their social and moral development by encouraging a positive attitude and valuing the beliefs of others, however different from their own. 

  • To develop knowledge and understanding of Christianity and other major religions in Britain as a whole and in the local community. 

Curriculum Organisation: 

RE is statutory for all children of compulsory school age and will be taught as a subject within its own right, weekly, constituting a minimum of 45 hours teaching over the academic year.   

Knowledge and Skills Progression: 

There are two attainment targets in RE; to develop the children’s knowledge and skills progression.  

  • Learning about religion and belief  

Enquiring into, investigating and understanding religions and beliefs. This includes thinking about and interpreting religious beliefs, teachings, sources, practices, ways of life and ways of expressing meaning with reference to the specific beliefs and religions studied.  

  • Learning from religion and belief  

Questioning, exploring, reflecting upon and interpreting human experience in the light of religions and beliefs studied. This includes communicating reflections, responses and evaluations about questions of identity, belonging, diversity, meaning, purpose, truth, values and commitments, making increasingly insightful links to the specific religions studied.  

The curriculum should enable the development pupils' skills:  

  • to enable them to ask questions;  

  • to discover information, to approach new material with empathy; and  

  • To reflect on their learning.  

Pupils should not only acquire knowledge but also be able to use their knowledge to understand their world, build community, and develop their personal position.  

Throughout the RE curriculum pupils should be encouraged to explore religions, engage with their knowledge, and reflect on their learning and their lives. 

Possible Cross-Curricular Links: 

English – RE contributes significantly to the teaching of English by actively promoting the skills of reading, writing, speaking and listening. We actively encourage discussion by using resources which have a religious theme or content.  

PSHCE – We teach the children about values and moral beliefs that underpin individual choices of behaviour, which promote tolerance and understanding of other people. We also enhance social development by helping them to build a sense of identity within a multi-cultural society.