Religion and beliefs inform our values and are reflected in what we say and how we behave. Religious Education is an important subject, developing pupils’ knowledge and understanding of the religions and beliefs which form part of modern society. RE teaches pupils to develop respect for others, including people with different faiths and beliefs, and helps to challenge prejudice. RE contributes to pupils’ personal development and well-being and to community cohesion by promoting mutual respect and tolerance in a diverse society. RE fosters personal reflection and spiritual development, encouraging pupils to explore their own beliefs and values and those of others. RE enables pupils to build their sense of identity and belonging, which helps them flourish within their communities and as citizens in a diverse society. RE 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. RE prompts pupils to consider their responsibilities to themselves and to others, and to explore how they might contribute to their communities and to wider society. It encourages empathy, generosity and compassion.
At Kenmont, pupils:
- are taught knowledge, skill and understanding through the study of Christianity, Buddhism, Hinduism, Islam, Judaism, Sikhism, Humanism and Baha’i and the other religious and non-religious worldviews
- recognise the impact of religion and belief locally, nationally and globally
- make connections between differing aspects of religion and belief and consider the different ways in which these are expressed.
- consider the beliefs, teachings and practices and ways of life central to religion and other life stances.
- learn about sacred texts and other sources and consider their meanings.
- begin to recognise diversity in religion, learning about similarities and differences both within and between religions and beliefs and the importance of dialogue between them
- extend the range and use of specialist vocabulary pertinent to the study of religions
- recognise the challenges involved in distinguishing between ideas of right and wrong and valuing what is good and true
- communicate their ideas, recognising other people’s viewpoints
- consider their own and others’ religious and non-religious beliefs and values
Pupils learn about key concepts that are important and common to many religious and non-religious people including: remembering, celebration, specialness, symbol, worship, belonging, community, sacrifice, identity, authority, holiness/sacredness, God/deity, rites of passage, symbol, ritual, pilgrimage, peace, freedom and reflection.
Knowledge and Understanding of Key Concepts
Pupils are taught how to describe and explain:
- when and how a concept has applied to events or experiences in their own or others’ lives
- how a concept is expressed in different ways
- their own views and opinions about a concept and how it is expressed
Enquiry and Skills Applied to Investigating Key Concepts
Pupils are taught how to:
- enquire into concepts that are significant in religions and human experience
- contextualise concepts within religious practices and explore diversity of practice and belief
- evaluate concepts within one or more religions, or non-religious worldviews
- communicate their own understanding of, and response to concepts
- apply their own understanding of a concept to situations in their own and others’ lives