Religious Education enables pupils to appreciate their own and others’ beliefs and cultures, helping them to develop a clear understanding of the significance of religion in their own area as well as in the world today.
RE intends to promote religious understanding and respect, and to challenge prejudice, discrimination and stereotyping. It is concerned with the promotion of each pupil’s self-worth, enabling them to reflect on their uniqueness as human beings, to share their feelings and emotions with others and to appreciate the importance of forming and maintaining positive relationships.It seeks to establish and develop the children’s knowledge and understanding of Christian beliefs and traditions and also introduce them to the teachings and practices of other major world religions represented in Great Britain.
We strongly believe that the purpose of RE is about religious literacy. This means we aim for children to be able to hold a balanced and well-informed conversation about religion and belief. In order to fulfil this purpose we provide a balance of theology, philosophy and human/social sciences within our RE lessons.
As part of this Religious Education curriculum, as the children progress through school, we visit different places of worship, including those of different Christian denominations and those of other religions.
The children will be encouraged to develop respect both for their own beliefs and values and for the diversity in religious belief and practice in the wider community.
RE is taught using Understanding Christianity as part of the SDBE and Lewisham Agreed Syllabus. From the time of the 1944 Education Act, parents have had the right to withdraw their children from Religious Education. Our school must comply with any request from a parent to withdraw their child and parents are not required to give their reasons for wanting to do so. However we would always offer parents considering withdrawing their child(ren) the opportunity to discuss the teaching of religious education.
For more information on our Religious Education Curriculum please see our Learning-Religious Education page.