At Cradle Hill School we believe that Religious Education enables children to acquire knowledge and understanding of the major world faiths, developing respect and sensitivity to others, in particular those with faiths and beliefs different from their own. Children reflect on what it means to have a faith and to develop their own spiritual knowledge and understanding, thus developing a reflective, discerning, caring approach to life. We address challenging questions such as the meaning of life and help children to learn from religions as well as about religions. We enable all children to develop a sound knowledge not only of Christianity but also of other world religions, especially those that are the main faiths of children within our school.
The religious education curriculum forms an important part of our school’s spiritual, moral and social teaching. It also promotes education for citizenship. Our school RE curriculum is based on the East Sussex Agreed Syllabus 2017, and it meets all the requirements set out in that document. The Education Act 1996 states that the RE syllabus should reflect the fact that religious traditions in Great Britain are, in the main, Christian, and that it should, at the same time, take account of the teachings and practices of other principle religions represented in Britain.
We teach all of our RE by:
- providing lively, challenging learning activities, including story, music, drama, using ICT, group and class discussion, which stimulate pupils’ mental and emotional development;
- encountering visits and visitors from a range of faiths and beliefs;
- developing key skills such as investigation and enquiry, communication, interpretation and evaluation; and
- setting clear standards in knowledge, skills and understanding which are understood by pupils and lead to improvements in learning.
Our aims in the teaching of RE are, for all of our children:
To explore concepts
To explore opportunities for personal and spiritual development
To explore communal responses to issues
To become responsible citizens.