What Does Religious Education Mean?
Religious Education is the teaching about religion in general. At our school, children will learn about the different ways that people in other cultures worship.
Why do we think that Religious Education is important?
Religious education is an essential part of a child’s education as it opens our minds to different beliefs that people and cultures around the world possess. It’s extremely important for us all to understand that our world view is just one of many and they are all valid, even if they are different to our own.
Learning about different religions can help children to find purpose within their own lives, and can provide the opportunity to explore different religions and find meaning in things that they may not have found meaning in before. It can enable them to develop a life changing faith in the future.
The National Curriculum states:
“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 can
develop pupils’ knowledge and understanding of Christianity, of other principal
religions, other religious traditions and worldviews that offer answers to
questions such as these.”
The National curriculum states in its non-statutory guide to religious education that children should have the opportunity to:
- reflect on, express and justify their own opinions in light of their
learning about and from religion and their study of religious,
philosophical, moral and spiritual questions.
- develop their own values and attitudes in order to recognise their
rights and responsibilities in light of their learning about and from
religions and beliefs.
- relate their learning to the wider world, gaining a sense of personal
autonomy in preparation for adult life.
- develop skills that are useful in a wide range of careers and in adult
life generally, especially skills of critical enquiry, creative problem solving, and communication in a variety of media.