Religious Education

Religious Education Statement of Intent


The provision of Religious Education by schools for all pupils (except where withdrawn by parents) is a legal requirement of the Education Act (1996).


Religious Education involves pupils in exploring both the beliefs and practices of world faiths and their own responses to questions about the meaning and purpose of life. They also learn about non-religious beliefs and values.

 At Shanklea primary school the curriculum for RE aims to ensure that all pupils:

 A. Know about and understand a range of 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 religions and worldviews; 
• appreciate and appraise the nature, significance and impact of different ways of life and ways of expressing meaning.
B. 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 or a worldview. 
 C. 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.