- At Whitchurch Combined School, we believe that religious education (RE) makes a distinctive contribution to the school curriculum.
- It develops pupil’s knowledge and understanding of religion, religious beliefs, practice, language and traditions and their influence on individuals, communities, societies and cultures.
- This subject enables pupils to consider and respond to a range of important questions related to their own spiritual development, the development of values and attitudes and fundamental questions concerning the meaning and purpose of life.
- Education in this subject involves learning about religions and learning from religions.
Aims and Objectives
Our aims in teaching religious education are to offer opportunities for children to:
- Acquire and develop knowledge and understanding of Christianity, Hinduism and Islamism.
- Develop an understanding of the influence and beliefs, values and traditions of individuals, communities, societies and cultures.
- Develop the ability to make reasoned judgements about religious and moral issues.
- Develop a positive attitude towards other people, respecting their right to hold different beliefs from their own, and towards living in a society of diverse religions.
- Enhance their spiritual, moral, cultural and social development by:
- developing awareness of the fundamental questions raised by human experiences, and how religious teachings can relate to them
- responding to questions with reference to the teachings and practices of religions, and to their own understanding and experience
- fostering in students a reflective approach to living
- Develop their sense of identity and belonging, preparing them for life as citizens in a plural society.
- Develop enquiry and response skills through the use of distinctive language, listening and empathy
- Reflect on, analyse and evaluate their beliefs, values and practices and communicate their responses.