What is Religious Education?
Religious Education makes a distinctive contribution to the school curriculum by developing pupils' knowledge and understanding of religion (both Christianity and other principal religions), religious beliefs, practices, language and traditions and their influence on individuals, communities, societies and cultures. It encourages attitudes of openness and sensitivity towards people whose religious beliefs and practices may differ from their own. It enables pupils to consider and respond to a range of important questions related to their own spiritual, moral and cultural development (links with PSHE and P4C). It fosters awe, respect and wonder and the development of values and attitudes and fundamental questions concerning the meaning and purpose of life.
- To extend pupils' thinking and awareness of themselves, their place in relation to others, the needs and desires of others, the wonder and complexity of the universe;
- To study Christianity as a living faith and encounter its impact on people through the ages and today;
- To appreciate ways in which faith is conveyed and expressed in the Anglican Church, through liturgy and ritual, corporate and private prayer, story and myth, art and music and Christian community;
- To develop an understanding of other Christian denominations;
- To learn about other major religions (Judaism, Islam, Sikhism and Hinduism ) and explore issues within and between these faiths to help them understand and respect different religions, beliefs, values and traditions and their influence on individuals, societies, communities and cultures;
- To consider questions of meaning and purpose of life;
- To learn about religious and ethical teaching, enabling them to make reasoned and informed judgements on religious and moral issues;
- To develop their sense of identity and belonging, preparing them for life as citizens in a plural society;
- To develop enquiry and response skills, through the use of distinctive language, listening and empathy;
- To reflect on, analyse and evaluate their beliefs, values and practices and communicate their responses.