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Religious Education

Inspire • Enrich • Enjoy • Succeed

 

We teach Religion Education (R.E.) to ensure that our children are religiously literate, understanding the truth and traditions of people’s faiths and beliefs.

 

At STW, understanding the truth and traditions of a faith or belief sit at the heart of our Religious Education teaching. We aim to engage, inspire, challenge and encourage so that children are able to take part in balanced and informed conversations about different faiths. Children are given the opportunity to express themselves, ask appropriate questions and discuss some very complex thoughts.

 

Children learn to understand the world and their place in it; they know that all members of the school community show respect and tolerance for others and develop a better cultural awareness.

 

We believe that R.E. has an important part to play in promoting the spiritual, moral, social, cultural and intellectual development of our pupils, helping them to gain a greater understanding of themselves and a more sympathetic awareness of the needs of others. This is echoed in our commitment to ‘The Sustainable Development Agenda’ and the seventeen Sustainable Development Goals, which calls for action to end poverty, protect the planet and improve the lives and prospects of everyone, everywhere.

 

Our Christian values: Compassion, Respect, Honesty, Hope, Love, Forgiveness and Justice permeate through all areas of the curriculum and school life.

 

Through the R.E. curriculum, pupils learn about different religions, beliefs, values and traditions, while exploring their own views and questions of meaning. Our curriculum ensures a repetition-based approach to learning that helps this new knowledge to ‘stick’. We strive to help children to understand the rich variety they bring to our world. R.E. also provides the opportunity to consider challenging questions, such as those about the ultimate meaning and purpose of life, beliefs about God, issues of right and wrong, and what it means to be human. It offers opportunities for personal reflection and spiritual development.

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