RE plays an important role in preparing pupils for their future, for employment and lifelong learning. It enhances their spiritual, moral, social and cultural development by:
• Developing awareness of the fundamental questions raised by human experiences, and of how religious teachings can relate to them
• Responding to such questions with reference to the teachings and practices of religions and other belief systems, relating them to their own understanding and experience
• Reflecting on their own beliefs, values and experiences in the light of their study.
The aims of the syllabus are for pupils:
• To develop religious literacy
• To acquire and develop knowledge and understanding of Christianity and the other principal religions and world views represented in the United Kingdom
• To develop an understanding of the influence of the beliefs, values and traditions on individuals, communities, societies and cultures
• To develop attitudes of respect towards other people who hold views and beliefs different from their own;
• To develop the ability to make reasoned and informed judgements about religious issues, with reference to the principal religions and world views represented locally and in the United Kingdom.
We also aim for RE to:
• Develop pupils' skills
• Enable them to ask questions
• Discover information, to approach new material with empathy
•Reflect on their learning. Pupils should not only acquire knowledge but also be able to use their knowledge to understand their world, build community, and develop their personal position.
This term, the religions we are focusing on are Christianity and Islam.