Religious education (R.E)
What is Religious Education?
Religious Education must form part of the basic curriculum experienced by all pupils. It should not be distinctive of any one denomination or theological position and it is not the school’s responsibility to promote or to undermine any religious stance.
Religious Education in this school will follow the New Trafford Agreed Syllabus, which recognises the multiplicity of traditions within Trafford.
All pupils should have the opportunity to explore that nature of religion in such a way that their views are based on sound knowledge and thoughtful reflection. Learning about and from religion, enhances and extends the understanding of pupils about the world in which they live.
The aims of religious education are to help children:
- develop an awareness of spiritual and moral issued in life experiences
- develop knowledge and understanding of Christianity and other major world religions and value systems found in Britain
- develop an understanding of what it means to be committed to a religious tradition
- be able to reflect on their own experiences and to develop a personal response to the fundamental questions in life
- develop an understanding of religious traditions and to appreciate the cultural differences in Britain today
- develop investigative and research skills and to enable them to make reasoned judgements about religious issues
- have respect for other people’s views and to celebrate the diversity in society
What does RE at Elmridge look like?
RE is an integral part of everyday life for many children, especially in the culturally and religiously diverse community of Elmridge Primary School. Here in our school, children will learn about different religions, belief systems, festivals and rituals and whenever possible they will be able to visit a place of worship. In addition to dedicated RE sessions that follow the Trafford curriculum, religious learning can also take place in collective worships which all pupils attend.
RE enables pupils to build their sense of identity and belonging, which helps them flourish within their communities and as citizens in a diverse society. It teaches pupils to develop respect for others, including people with different faiths and beliefs and helps to challenge prejudice. Within out teaching of RE we seek to encourage empathy, generosity and compassion thus prompting pupils to consider their responsibilities to themselves and others and to explore how they might contribute to their communities and the wider world.