At Michael Faraday we have an inclusive approach to the teaching of Religious Education (RE). It is imperative in our approach that children can be empathetic to different faiths and belief systems.
Our inclusive approach is open and objective. It does not seek to urge religious beliefs on the children, nor compromise the integrity of their own religious position by promoting one tradition over another.
We believe this can be achieved by teaching about a variety of religions and sharing their key beliefs and values and exploring a sense of ‘self’.
Why do we teach RE?
- To promote the values and attitudes necessary for citizenship in a multi-faith and multi-racial society through developing understanding of, respect for, and dialogue with people of different beliefs, practices, races and cultures.
- To develop in the children, the knowledge and understanding of the major religions (Christianity, Judaism, Hinduism, Buddhism, Sikhism and Islam)
- To develop a knowledge and understanding of practices associated with worship, prayer and celebration and how attitudes and behaviour are influenced by beliefs, values and commitments.
- To endeavour to promote a positive attitude towards people, respecting their right to hold different beliefs from their own.
- To understand that it plays an important role, along with all other curriculum areas, particularly Relationships and Health Education (RHE), in promoting social awareness and understanding in our children.
- To explore questions, meaning and purpose of spirituality.
- To encourage our pupils to ask questions about the world and to reflect on their own beliefs, values and experiences.