Religious education (RE) and Collective Worship are highly valued aspects of our school life. They enable understanding of how religion and beliefs affect our lives. At the heart of RE is the teaching of Christianity, pupils also learn about other faiths and world views; developing pupils' knowledge and understanding of religion, religious beliefs, practices, language and traditions and their influence on individuals, communities, societies and cultures.
Our children from other faiths are keen to talk about their religion during lesson time lessons to share with their peers. Additionally, we invite Muslims from our community into the school to talk about their beliefs and practices – the children enjoy having their questions answered first hand. During the key stage we also ask questions about and learn from Sikhism and Hinduism.
Visiting the local Reform synagogue helps us to understand the relationship between Judaism and Christianity as we discuss scriptures with the Rabbi and learn about the religion in which Jesus grew up.
Teaching should equip pupils to: think critically; ask thoughtful questions and develop reasoned opinion over a wide variety of faith-fuelled issues. It should provide pupils with the opportunity to reflect on the personal journey of faith for that millions of people across the world go through and to develop an understanding of, and respect for, those different beliefs and lifestyles.
The development of human cultures and the lives of millions of people have been influenced by religions and beliefs; RE enables pupils to recognise this and respond to it so that they can learn more about themselves and their place in the world. The subject has a key role in enabling pupils to achieve and in preparing them for the opportunities, responsibilities and experiences of life.
We believe that children should develop a keen awareness, and understanding of the diverse cultures and the beliefs of their local community and the wider world. This ensures our children leave us with a well-rounded view and tolerance of world faiths, non-faiths and customs of many cultures.