Extract from the school’s R.E. Policy:
R.E. both supports and underpins many of the principles that we aim for in everyday life. The school’s aims together with the value we place on the development of the whole child (spiritually, morally, socially, culturally and intellectually) is reflected in the R.E. curriculum.
R.E. teaching aims to enable pupils of whatever ability and level to:
- acquire and develop knowledge and understanding of principal world faiths practised in the UK. These include Buddhism, Christianity, Hinduism, Islam, Judaism and Sikhism.
- develop an understanding of the influence of beliefs, values and traditions on individuals, communities, societies and cultures;
- develop the ability to make reasoned and informed judgements about religious and moral issues with reference to the teachings of the principal religions
- enhance their own spiritual, moral, cultural and social development by developing awareness of the fundamental questions of life arising from human experiences and how religious beliefs and practices can relate to them. Additionally we challenge children to respond to the fundamental questions of life in the light of their experience and with reference to religious beliefs and practices. We expect children to reflect on their own beliefs, values and experiences in the light of their study. They are expected to develop the skill to express their own personal viewpoints in a thoughtful, reasoned and considerate way and to recognise the right of people to hold different beliefs within a religiously diverse society.
Within the school’s adopted scheme of work children are expected to learn to Show awareness of things and people that matter to them and link this to learning in RE. Children are also challenged to describe the meaning of religious symbols and symbolic actions. Show understanding that symbols may be interpreted in different ways both within and between religions.