- Children will listen to each other, be understanding and show empathy towards others and their ideas
- Children are to recognise that they have the right to have their own beliefs
- Children will be able to confidently express their own beliefs and what is important to them personally
- Children are to develop tolerance and respect towards everyone by understanding the differences and similarities between individuals in our society
- Children will appreciate that different main religions have commonalities and share some characteristics
- Children are to be able to consider the impact that beliefs will have on actions, thoughts and lives
- We use the Lancashire Syllabus Field of Enquiry which has its foundations in a balance between three areas of discipline: Theology (believing), Human/Social Sciences (living) and Philosophy (thinking).This is a means of structuring the curriculum to help pupils to become ‘religiously literate’; being able to hold age appropriate, balanced and well-informed conversations about religion and belief.
- The Lancashire ‘Field of Enquiry’ ensures that the Religious Education curriculum incorporates a balance between these three disciplinary areas. This should ensure that pupils develop as ‘deep thinkers’ and ultimately become more religiously literate.
- We study Christianity, Islam, Judaism, Hindu Dharma, Sikhism and Buddhism and, by the end of Key Stage 2, children will have opportunities to encounter other non-religious world views such as Humanism.
- We discover what followers of these different religions believe, how they celebrate and conduct their everyday lives and we consider what matters to them and why.
- Children regularly revisit areas of study to ensure progression and to build upon previous knowledge and understanding.
- Religious Education contributes dramatically to children’s education because it challenges them to think about meaning and purpose in life, issues of right and wrong and what it means to be human.
- Lessons provide an opportunity to consider and articulate what they think and believe in a safe space where they know their ideas will be listened to with respect.
- It helps them to become supportive listeners who know that everyone has the right to their own opinion.
- Our children will gain a better understanding of their own thoughts and feelings and will develop a greater respect and empathy of their peers.
- They learn the important lesson that people often don’t agree about lots of issues and that we can disagree respectfully and with tolerance.