Religion and beliefs inform our values and are reflected in what we say and how we behave. RE is an important subject in itself, developing an individual’s knowledge and understanding of the religions and beliefs which form part of contemporary society.
Religious education provokes challenging questions about the ultimate meaning and purpose of life, beliefs about God, the self and the nature of reality, issues of right and wrong, and what it means to be human. It can develop pupils’ knowledge and understanding of Christianity, of other principal religions, other religious traditions and worldviews that offer answers to questions such as these.
RE also contributes to pupils’ personal development and well-being and to community cohesion by promoting mutual respect and tolerance in a diverse society. RE can also make important contributions to other parts of the school curriculum such as citizenship, personal, social, health and economic education (PSHE education), the humanities, education for sustainable development and others. It offers opportunities for personal reflection and spiritual development, deepening the understanding of the significance of religion in the lives of others – individually, communally and cross-culturally.
The Spiritual aspect of spiritual, moral, social and cultural development (SMSC) is embedded in our lessons, with pupils often being given opportunity to reflect on how the things they have learnt can affect and influences their own lives.
Pupils’ spiritual development is shown by their:
- Beliefs, religious or otherwise, which inform their perspective on life
and their interest in and respect for different people’s feeling and values
- Sense of enjoyment and fascination in learning about themselves,
others and the world around them, including the intangible
- Use of imagination and creativity in their learning
- Willingness to reflect on their experiences.
At Edmonton County Primary School, Religious Education is taught through Cultural Days which takes place 3 times a year, Autumn 2, Spring 2 and Summer 2.