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Religious Education


The ethos of the school is based on Christian principles. The Religious Education curriculum reflects the fact that the religious traditions in Great Britain are primarily Christian. However, a significant amount of our religious education focuses on the history, beliefs, teachings and practices of the other principal religions. In this way our children learn tolerance, respect and understanding. Children are encouraged to develop a sense of care and consideration for those around them, preparing them for life in a multi-faith, multicultural society.

 

Children will learn to recognise the principal buildings and symbols of different faiths, to understand the significance of some religious texts and to appreciate the rich variety of customs and celebrations associated with these religions.

 

Learning about religion includes enquiry into and investigation of the nature of religion, its key beliefs and teachings and the ways in which these impact on the lives of believers and communities. It includes the skills of interpretation, analysis and explanation. Pupils learn to communicate their knowledge and understanding using specialist vocabulary. It also includes identifying and developing an understanding of ultimate questions and ethical issues.

 

Learning from religion is concerned with developing pupils’ reflections on and responses to their own experiences and their learning about religion. It develops pupils’ skills of application, interpretation and evaluation of what they learn about religion, particularly with regard to questions of identity and belonging, meaning, purpose and truth and values and commitment. It encourages pupils to communicate their responses to their learning thoughtfully and considerately.