The principal aim of Religious Studies is to engage pupils in systematic enquiry into significant human questions which religion and world views address, so that they can develop the understanding and skills needed to appreciate and appraise varied responses to these questions, as well as develop responses of their own.
The curriculum for RE aims to ensure that all pupils:
- Know about and understand a range of religions and world views
- Express ideas and insights about the nature, significance and impact of religions and world views
- Gain and deploy the skills needed to engage seriously with religions and world views
Throughout the school, the overall ethos and focus is on Christianity. The other five major world faiths of Islam, Buddhism, Hinduism, Sikhism and Judaism are also studied. The study of Humanism was introduced in Lent 2017.
We use a variety of active teaching and learning strategies in RE. For the very young this respects their natural ways of learning through sense experience, exploration, conversation and play. Older children investigate, discuss, evaluate and explore through a variety of active learning strategies such as drama, role play, freeze frames, interpretation of posters, pictures, artefacts, use of computing, video, display and participation in visits and talking with visitors.