Religious education enables children to investigate and reflect on some of the most fundamental questions asked by people. At our School, we develop the children’s knowledge and understanding of the major world faiths, and address fundamental questions concerning, for example, the meaning of life and the existence of a divine spirit. We enable children to develop a sound knowledge not only of Christianity but also of other world religions, especially those that are the main faiths of children within our school and local community. Children reflect on what it means to have a faith and to develop their own spiritual knowledge and understanding. We help the children to learn from religions as well as about religions.
Our objectives in the teaching of RE are to:
- develop an awareness of spiritual and moral issues arising in their lives;
- develop knowledge and understanding of Christianity and other major world religions or value systems commonly held in the UK;
- develop an understanding of what it means to be committed to a religious tradition;
- be capable of reflecting on their own experiences, and of developing a personal response to the fundamental questions of life;
- develop an understanding of religious traditions, and an appreciation of cultural differences in the UK today;
- develop their investigative and research skills, in order to hold reasoned opinions on religious issues;
- have respect for other people’s views, and hence to celebrate diversity in society.