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Religious Education

The aims of RE

RE should help pupils to:

Learn ABOUT religion by

• acquiring and developing knowledge and understanding of Christianity and other principal religions represented in Great Britain

• developing an understanding of the influence of beliefs, values and traditions on individuals, communities, societies and cultures.

Learn FROM religion by

• developing a positive attitude towards other people, respecting their right to hold beliefs different from their own and towards living in a society of diverse religions

• developing 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

• enhancing their spiritual, moral, social and cultural development by:

- developing awareness of the fundamental questions of life raised by human experiences, and how religious teachings can relate to them

- responding to such questions with reference to the teachings and practices of religions and to their understanding and experience

- reflecting on their own beliefs, values and experiences in the light of their study.

These aims are achieved through a focus on two key aspects of RE as below:

Learning ABOUT religion includes enquiry into, and investigation of, the nature of religion, its beliefs, teachings and ways of life, sources, practices and forms of expression. It includes the skills of interpretation, analysis and explanation.

Pupils learn to communicate their knowledge and understanding using specialist vocabulary. It also includes identifying and developing an understanding of ultimate questions and ethical issues. Learning about religion covers pupils’ knowledge and understanding of individual religions and how they relate to each other as well as the study of the nature and characteristics of religion and its impact on the lives of believers.

Learning FROM religion is concerned with developing pupils’ reflection on and response to their own and others’ experiences in the light of their learning about religion. It develops pupils’ skills of application, interpretation and evaluation of what they learn about religion.

Pupils learn to develop and communicate their own ideas, particularly in relation to questions of identity and belonging, purpose and truth, and values and commitments.

Our big question this term is: Is light a good symbol for celebration?