Our Religious Education curriculum is taught through the Kent Agreed Syllabus. The principal aim of RE in our academy is to engage pupils in systematic enquiry into significant human questions which religion and worldviews address, so that children can develop the understanding and skills needed to appreciate and appraise varied responses to these questions, as well as develop responses of their own.
As a non-denominational academy we encourage children to acquire reasoned and positive attitudes and beliefs which include a respect for and understanding of other peoples’ spiritual, religious, moral and cultural ways of life.
We help the children to appreciate the world in which they live and the interdependence of individuals, groups and nations. We draw upon pupils’ beliefs, cultures and backgrounds to achieve these outcomes.
In additional to timetabled lessons, classes celebrate special days throughout the year, linked to different major world religions.
Our RE curriculum ensures that all pupils:
1. Know about and understand different religions and worldviews, so that they can:
- Describe, explain and analyse beliefs and practices, recognising the diversity which exists within and between communities and amongst individuals
- Identify, investigate and respond to questions posed, and responses offered by some of the sources of wisdom found in major religions and worldviews
- Appreciate and appraise the nature, significance and impact of different ways of life and ways of expressing meaning.
2. Express ideas and insights about the nature, significance and impact of religions and worldviews, so that they can:
- Explain reasonably their ideas about how beliefs, practices and forms of expression influence individuals and communities
- Express with increasing discernment their personal reflections and critical responses to questions and teachings about identity, diversity, meaning and value, including ethical issues
- Appreciate and appraise varied dimensions of religion.
3. Gain and deploy the skills needed to engage seriously with religions and worldviews, so that they can:
- Find out about and investigate key concepts and questions of belonging, meaning, purpose and truth, responding creatively
- Enquire into what enables different individuals and communities to live together respectfully for the wellbeing of all
- Articulate beliefs, values and commitments clearly in order to explain why they may be important in their own and other people’s lives.