Religious education enables children to investigate and reflect on some of the most fundamental questions asked by people. At Whittlefield Primary School we develop the children’s knowledge and understanding of the major world faiths, and we address the fundamental questions in life, for example, the meaning of life and the existence of a divine spirit. We enable children to develop a sound knowledge not only of Christianity but also of other world religions, especially those that are the main faiths of children within our school. Children reflect on what it means to have a faith and to develop their own spiritual knowledge and understanding. We help the children learn from religions as well as about religions.
It is our intention to lead children use religious education to encourage pupils to learn and develop the positive attitudes of curiosity, wonder and appreciation, commitment, fairness and self – awareness to the beliefs and values of others (Lancashire Agreed Syllabus 2011).
Our teaching aims:
The aims of religious education are to help children:
- Develop an awareness of spiritual and moral issues in life experiences;
- Develop knowledge and understanding of Christianity and other major world religions and value systems found in Britain;
- Develop an understanding of what it means to be committed to a religious tradition;
- Be able to reflect on their own experiences and develop a personal response to the fundamental questions of life;
- Develop an understanding of religious traditions and to appreciate the cultural differences in Britain today;
- Develop investigative and research skills and to enable them to make reasoned judgments about religious issues;
- Have respect for other peoples’ view and to celebrate the diversity in society.