Religious Education (RE)
RE allows the children at our Academy to learn about the beliefs and attitudes of other faiths that we share the world with. We promote an environment of respect and understanding of the beliefs of others. The school follows the Stoke on Trent Agreed Syllabus, allowing teaching of RE from FS – Year 6. The subject is delivered weekly to all children and supported by daily acts of worship.
We cover a wide range of areas within this subject. All children will have the opportunity to study key stories of Christianity and at least two other faiths. However, we do encourage each class to look at festivals and celebrations from many different faiths. Other religions that we study include Judaism, Hinduism, Islam, Buddhism and Sikhism. Some curriculum topics allow the children to investigate beliefs of other faiths such as the ideas of Native Americans and the indigenous people of Australia.
We believe that our children should have a good background of understanding as they enter a multi-cultural and multi-faith world.
THE AIMS OF RELIGIOUS EDUCATION
Religious education should help pupils to:
- Acquire and develop knowledge and understanding of Christianity and the other principal religions (Buddhism, Hinduism, Islam, Judaism and Sikhism) represented in Great Britain and Stoke-on-Trent;
- Develop an understanding of the influence of beliefs, values and traditions on individuals, communities, societies and cultures;
- Develop the ability to make reasoned and informed judgements about religious and moral issues, with reference to the teachings of the principal religions represented in Great Britain;
- Enhance their spiritual, moral, social and cultural development by:
- Developing awareness of the fundamental questions of life raised by human experiences, and of how religious teaching can relate to them;
- Responding to such questions with reference to the teachings and practices of religions, and to their own understanding and experience;
- Reflecting on their own beliefs, values and experiences in the light of their study;
- 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.
Every state-funded school must offer a curriculum which is balanced and broadly based and which:
- promotes the spiritual, moral, cultural, mental and physical development of pupils at the school and of society
- prepares pupils at the school for the opportunities, responsibilities and experiences of later life
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