Studying religion and belief has a claim to be an indispensable part of a complete education because of the influence of religions and beliefs on individuals, culture, behaviour and national life. Most religions and beliefs offer answers to life’s deepest questions. And most young people are seeking answers to those questions, as they grow into independence and work out how to live a good life. – www.reonline.org.uk/knowing/why-re
At Knowles Primary School, Religious Education is non-denominational and taught through our topic approach as well as in separate RE lessons and through assemblies. Children are taught Religious Education following the Milton Keynes ‘Locally Agreed Syllabus’.
The Aim of Religious Education
Learn about religion by:
- Acquiring and developing knowledge and understanding of Christianity and other principal religions represented in Great Britain (Judaism, Buddhism, Hinduism, Islam and Sikhism). This includes providing opportunity to study key beliefs and practices, festivals and celebrations, opportunity to look at religious artefacts and where possible includes visitors and visits to places of worship.
- Developing an understanding of the influence of beliefs, values and traditions on individuals, communities, societies and cultures.
Learn from religion by:
- Developing a positive attitude towards other people, respecting their right to hold beliefs different from their own and towards living in a society of diverse religions.
- Developing the ability to make reasoned and informed judgements about religious and moral issues with reference to the teachings of principal religions.
- Enhancing their Spiritual, Moral and cultural development by developing awareness of the fundamental questions of life raised by human experiences, and how religious teachings can relate to them.
- Enhancing their Spiritual, Moral and cultural development by responding to such questions with reference to the teachings and practices of religions and to their understanding and experience.
- Enhancing their Spiritual, Moral and cultural development by reflecting on their own beliefs, values and experiences in light of their study.
Parents do have the right to withdraw their children from RE lessons. If parents wish to clarify any of the educational objectives and/or the content of the RE syllabus, please do not hesitate to contact the school’s RE subject leader. In this way, parents can make an informed decision.