Our Religious Education curriculum provokes challenging questions about the ultimate meaning and purpose of life, beliefs about God, the self, the nature of reality, issues of right and wrong and what it means to be human. Religious Education develops pupils’ knowledge and understanding of Christianity, of other principal religions, other religious traditions and world views. We offer opportunities for personal reflection and spiritual development. We will encourage pupils to explore their own beliefs (whether they are religious or not) in the light of what they learn, examine issues of religious beliefs and faith and consider their own responses to questions raised. Through this we encourage empathy and enable pupils to develop their own sense of identity and belonging.
Through Religious Education we encourage respect for all, including those with differing faiths and beliefs, as pupils develop their understanding and appreciation of our diverse society and world.
At Hamsterley Primary our Religious Education Curriculum aims to ensure that all pupils:
- develop skills of morality, critical thinking and reasoning by listening to others, hearing opinions and analysing conflicting viewpoints alongside a growing empathy and respect
- understand how religious identity and belonging are expressed, consider their own participation in groups and communities and recognise how religious traditions contribute to the cultural heritage in all its diversity
- grow in their personal development: spiritually, morally, culturally and mentally so they are well prepared for the opportunities, responsibilities and experiences of later life.