Religious Education in School
What is Religious Education?
Religious Education seeks to help children learn about and learn from the various religious cultures from their community and across the world. Children have the opportunity to ask questions and formulate their own opinions and ideas about their own beliefs and that of others.
RE encourages pupils to develop their sense of identity and belonging as well as promoting discernment and enabling pupils to combat prejudice.
RE makes a distinctive and significant contribution to pupil’s moral, spiritual, cultural and social development.
Parents retain their right to withdraw their children from Religious Education under the 1988 Education Reform Act.
At Killamarsh Infant and Nursery School our aims in Religious Education are:
- To give children opportunities to experience and find out about major world religions through:
- talking with faith believers
- study of artefacts
- research (including using the internet/DVDs/CD Rom)
- To enable children to think about what something means, to them or to others and what implications this may have on their own or other’s behaviour/ideas.
- To give children opportunities to talk about their own beliefs and views and ask questions about the beliefs and views of others.
- To help children make connections between religious beliefs, thinking about similarities and differences and what these mean
The R.E. Curriculum
The children are taught Religious Education through the Derbyshire Agreed Syllabus and documentation. The curriculum framework for RE breaks down the aims of RE into 3 strands
A. Know about and understand a range of religions and worldviews, so that they can:
• describe, explain and analyse beliefs and practices, recognising the diversity which exists within and
between communities and amongst individuals;
• identify, investigate and respond to questions posed, and responses offered by some of the sources of wisdom found in religions and worldviews;
• appreciate and appraise the nature, significance and impact of different ways of life and ways of expressing
B. Express ideas and insights about the nature, significance and impact of religions and world views, so that
• explain reasonably their ideas about how beliefs, practices and forms of expression influence individuals and
• express with increasing discernment their personal reflections and critical responses to questions and
teachings about identity, diversity, meaning and value, including ethical issues;
• appreciate and appraise varied dimensions of religion or a worldview
C. Gain and deploy the skills needed to engage seriously with religions and worldviews, so that they can:
• find out about and investigate key concepts and questions of belonging, meaning, purpose and truth, responding creatively;
• enquire into what enables different individuals and communities to live together respectfully for the wellbeing of all;
• articulate beliefs, values and commitments clearly in order to explain why they may be important in their own and other people’s lives.
RE makes a strong contribution to the education of each child by encouraging them to develop skills of critical thinking and analysis, as well as developing attitudes like empathy, sensitivity and understanding whilst being able to stand up for their own beliefs and challenge injustice around them.