RE at Whitchurch
The value of good RE in our school:
- how we behave affects other people and the world we live in so our behaviour is an important issue
- our behaviour is influenced by our attitudes
- our attitudes are influenced by our beliefs
- we all play a part in creating the world we live in
- what we believe, whether religious or not, contributes significantly to this. RE helps pupils and the school as a whole to reflect on the ways in which beliefs influence how people live their lives. However, we will not impose religious beliefs upon pupils, nor compromise their own beliefs, respect is for others and self is emphasised through all lessons.
Thus there are two main educational purposes to our RE teaching:
- firstly, to enable children to learn about religions which have influenced the lives of millions of people and have heavily influenced the development of different human cultures. This is learning about religion.
- secondly, and largely arising from the first purpose, to enable our pupils to learn more about themselves and their place in the world from their study of religion. This is learning from religion
Children have said …
• RE is more interesting especially due to the topic being more fun, interactive
• I like learning about these topics because I learn more about what people
believe in and don’t believe in.
• Everything you learn in RE has two sides and …you need to see both sides.