"The principal aim of Religious Education is to affirm and nourish,
encourage and challenge all students on their spiritual journey"
Religious Education lies at the very heart of the curriculum, reflecting and conveying the distinctively Christian character of the school community as reflected in the Anglican tradition. RE has a key role in helping students to:
- Engage with the living faith of the school;
- Understand how religious faith can provide a vision to sustain and develop their spiritual and personal life;
- develop a sense of themselves as significant, unique and precious;
- become active citizens, understanding and serving their neighbour;
- find reason for hope in a troubled world.
In Religious Education students are encouraged and enabled to:
- think theologically and explore ultimate questions;
- reflect critically on the truth claims of Christian belief;
- face the challenge of Jesus' teaching in a pluralist and post modern society;
- develop the skills to analyse, interpret and apply the Bible text;
- recognise that faith is commitment to a particular way of understanding and responding to God and the world;
- analyse and explain the varied nature and traditions of the Christian community;
- make a well-informed response to Christianity; respect those of all faiths in their search for God;
- reflect critically on areas of shared belief and practice between different faiths;
- enrich and expand their understanding of truth;
- reflect critically and express their views on the human quest.
The principal aim for Religious Education sets out that all students should be enabled to explore and grow in understanding of their own faith or philosophical stance.
There are two attainment targets in Religious Education:
Learning about religions
enables students to develop their knowledge and understanding of their own and others' beliefs and how they relate to each other. It also includes the study of the nature and characteristics of religion. It involves enquiry into, and the investigation of, beliefs, teachings and ways of life, sources, practices and forms of expression as well as the skills of interpretation, analysis and explanation. Students learn to communicate their knowledge and understanding using specialist vocabulary and identify and develop an understanding of ultimate questions and ethical issues.
Learning from religions
is concerned with developing students' reflection on, and response to, their own and others' experiences in the light of their learning about religions. It develops their skills of application, interpretation and evaluation of what they learn about religions. Students learn to develop and communicate their own ideas, particularly in relation to questions of identity and belonging, meaning, purpose and truth, and values and commitments.