The principal aim of RE is to engage pupils in systematic enquiry into significant human questions which religion and worldviews address, so that they can develop the understanding and skills needed to appreciate and appraise varied responses to these questions, as well as develop responses of their own. Our aim is that our RE curriculum supports children in their personal development, allowing them to become knowledgeable and open-minded individuals who embrace diversity across society. We aim our curriculum is inclusive of all so that pupils of all backgrounds and beliefs feel represented. In doing this, we have taken into careful consideration the demographics of religion of our local area and our school.
Religious education contributes dynamically to children’s and young people’s education in schools by provoking challenging questions about meaning and purpose in life, beliefs about God, ultimate reality, issues of right and wrong and what it means to be human.
In RE pupils learn about and from religions and worldviews in local, national and global contexts, to discover, explore and consider different answers to these questions. Pupils learn to evaluate wisdom from different sources, to develop and express their insights in response, and to agree or disagree respectfully. Our teaching therefore equips pupils with systematic knowledge and understanding of a range of religions and worldviews, enabling them to develop their ideas, values and identities. It gives opportunities for pupils to develop an aptitude for dialogue, so that they can participate positively in society, with its diverse religions and worldviews. Pupils gain and deploy the skills needed to understand, interpret and evaluate texts, sources of wisdom and authority and other evidence. Pupils are given opportunities to reflect upon their own personal responses to the fundamental human questions to which religious and non-religious worldviews respond. Pupils learn to articulate clearly and coherently their personal beliefs, ideas, values and experiences while respecting the right of others to differ.
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