RE plays a significant role in the personal development of children and young people.
Well-being can be interpreted in terms of healthy choices and lifestyles. However, RE opens the possibility of exploring a deeper understanding of well-being, incorporating spiritual health, a fascination with the world and our place in it, and a resilience to the hardships that life often brings.
The Principal aim of RE in our school is to enable pupils to participate in an on-going search for wisdom, through exploring questions and answers offered by the religions and beliefs of the people of Derbyshire and the wider community, so as to promote their personal development.
The aims of our RE lessons are to:
- provoke challenging questions about the ultimate meaning and purpose of life, beliefs about God, the self and the nature of reality, issues of right and wrong and what it means to be human.
- develop pupils’ knowledge and understanding of Christianity, other principal religions, other religious traditions and other world views that offer answers to questions such as these.
- offer opportunities for personal reflection and spiritual development.
- enhance pupils’ awareness and understanding of religions and beliefs, teachings, practices and forms of expression, as well as of the influence of religion on individuals, families, communities and cultures.
- encourage pupils to learn from different religions, beliefs, values and traditions while exploring their own beliefs and questions of meaning.
- challenge pupils to reflect on, consider, analyse, interpret and evaluate issues of truth, belief, faith and ethics and to communicate their responses.
- encourage pupils to develop their sense of identity and belonging.
- enable them to flourish individually within their communities and as citizens
- enable pupils to develop respect for and sensitivity to others, in particular those whose faiths and beliefs are different from their own.
- promote discernment and enable pupils to combat prejudice.
Given the opportunities for encountering people of different beliefs and lifestyles, RE also has a key role to play in fostering respect and social cohesion. As well as being “religiously educated”, RE helps pupils to become “skilled cultural navigators”, able to handle the differences of faith and belief around them, as well as establish their own sense of identity and belonging.
We follow the Derbyshire Agreed Syllabus for RE. Children cover different religions and are given opportunities to explore deeper questions which make us all think, such as, ‘How and why do people pray?’