By following the new SACRE document 2020, we strive for our pupils to learn about Christianity, Judaism, Islam and Hinduism using a threefold approach. We aim to help them make sense of religious and non-religious beliefs, understand the impact of these beliefs, and make connections between beliefs, concepts, practices and ideas in local, national and global contexts. Our principle aim is to explore what people believe and how this affects their lives, so that our pupils can gain both the knowledge and the understanding that they need to approach the big questions raised by religion and beliefs but also allowing them to reflect on their own ideas and way of life in a safe and secure environment. We strive to give them the systematic knowledge and understanding of a range of religions, from various sources, to enable them to develop an aptitude for dialogue so as they can participate positively in our society, with its diverse religions and beliefs. We want pupils to learn to articulate clearly and coherently their personal beliefs, ideas, values and experiences while respecting the right of others to differ. We aim to foster community links where possible through visits to places of worship and visitors into school where appropriate, while this also ensures children are aware of possible careers related to religion, as part of our Aspirations ‘Reach for the Stars’ focus. Within our school currently, there is not a wide range of religions represented within our pupils, yet we wish to fully equip our children for interactions or experiences they may have later in life, or if relocated during their educational years.
By following our Skills documents, this ensures children develop systematic knowledge and skills linked to all 4 religions studied and build on this knowledge as they progress through the school.
Lessons in Religious Education Learning will endeavour to include Cross Curricular links to enhance and develop understanding, and Art and Drama are especially integral to this.