Religious Education Subject Lead - Miss L Horrigan
Religious Education - Statement of Intent
We believe that RE has an important part to play in promoting spiritual, moral, social, cultural, cultural diversity and intellectual development of pupils. Pupils need to be aware that human life is not merely material life, and be open to the possibility of transcendent or spiritual life, exploring such experiences in their own lives and the lives of others. They need to approach sensitively and respectfully, the beliefs, actions and feelings of all people, so that they can take full part in building a more cohesive community, where people of different religions and of no religion, can live well together. By understanding the relationships between individuals and the community in religious life, developing appropriate ways of communicating their own thoughts, feelings and responses, and applying these to their own beliefs, values and attitudes, the pupils will have a more sympathetic awareness of the needs and feelings of others. This will enable them to cope with the responsibilities and experiences of adult life.
Religious Education - Aims
The principal aim of Religious Education in school is to support pupils' personal search for meaning by engaging enquiry into the question, 'What is it to be human?' - exploring answers offered by religion and belief.
Building upon this we aim to:
1. Provide opportunities for all pupils to learn and achieve through an ambitious, coherently planned, broad and balanced curriculum.
The school RE curriculum should develop an enjoyment of, and commitment to, learning as a means of encouraging and stimulating the best possible progress and the highest attainment for all.
Provide rich and varied contexts for pupils to acquire, develop and apply a broad range of knowledge, understanding and skills.
Enable pupils to think creatively and critically, to solve problems and to make a difference for the better.
2. Through the RE curriculum, promote pupils' spiritual, moral, social and cultural development and prepare them for the opportunities, responsibilities and experiences of life
Help pupils develop principles for distinguishing between right and wrong.
Develop their knowledge, understanding and appreciation of their own and different beliefs and cultures, and how these influence individuals and societies.
Promote equality of opportunity and enable pupils to challenge discrimination and stereotyping.
Develop pupils' ability to relate to others and work for the common good.
Use RE to prepare for the opportunities of adult life and for lifelong learning
Enable pupils to respond positively to opportunities and responsibilities, manage risk and cope with change.