Religious Education has a significant role for the development of pupils’ spiritual, moral, social and cultural development. It promotes respect and open-mindedness towards others with different faiths and beliefs and encourages pupils to develop their sense of identity and belonging through self-awareness and reflection. The principle aim of RE is to engage pupils in an enquiry approach where they can develop their knowledge and understanding and appreciation for the expression of beliefs, cultural practices and influence of principle religions and worldviews in the local, national and wider global community. We ensure we develop the link between short term knowledge and long-term memory.
The 2020 syllabus for RE aims to ensure all children:
• Know about and understands a range of religions and worldviews.
• Express ideas and insights about the nature, significance and impact of religions and worldviews.
• Gain and deploy the skills needed to engage seriously with religions and worldviews.
Religious Education plays an important role, along with all other curriculum areas, particularly PSHE, in promoting social awareness and understanding in our children. Teaching should encourage children to ask questions about the world and to reflect on their own beliefs, values and experiences. Teaching should include and promote British Values, ensuring that children are aware of their rights and responsibilities as UK citizens. High quality Religious Education should inspire the children to be knowledgeable, respectful and thoughtful of people close to them, within their community and around the world, regardless of their beliefs. Teaching should encourage the children to be aware of misjudgements and misconceptions that sometimes occur when looking at religions and beliefs.