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Religious Education & Collective Worship

Religious Education has an important place in the curriculum. Our society has never been so diverse, and good Religious Education plays an important role in helping to keep this country a tolerant and inclusive place in which to live., It is vital that young people develop a good understanding of their own and other people's beliefs, as they grow up in 21st Century contemporary British society.

 

Religious Education provokes 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. It develops pupils’ knowledge and understanding of Christianity, other principal religions, other religious traditions and other world views that offer answers to questions such as these. It offers opportunities for personal reflection and spiritual, moral, social and cultural development. It enhances 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.

 

Religious Education encourages pupils to learn from different religions, beliefs, values and traditions while exploring their own beliefs and questions of meaning. It challenges pupils to reflect on, consider, analyse, interpret and evaluate issues of truth, beliefs, faith and ethics and to communicate their responses.

 

Religious Education encourages pupils to develop their sense of identity and belonging. It enables them to flourish individually within their communities and as citizens in a pluralistic society and global community. Religious Education has an important role in preparing pupils for adult life, employment and lifelong learning. It enables pupils to develop respect for and sensitivity to others, in particular those whose faiths and beliefs are different from their own. It promotes discernment and enables pupils to challenge prejudice.

 

RE Reflects the religious traditions in Great Britain, recognising that these ‘traditions’ are”in the main Christian whilst taking account of the teaching and practices of the othr principal religions represented in Great Britain”. (Education Act 1996).  There are clear links with other areas of the curriculum such as English, Art, PSHE, Philosophy for Children and Music.   There are also links with Science, Geography and even Maths e.g. use of patterns in Islamic Art.  Children working in RE will have several opportunities to visit places of worship in Brighton. Faith leaders from various religions are encouraged to visit the school, and the children have many opportunities to handle artifacts and learn stories from the five major world religions. Teachers regularly take the opportunity of assemblies to encourage reflection upon the values that are central to most religions.

 

Parents wishing to withdraw their children from assembly or from RE lessons should contact the head teacher in the first instance