Our aim is to develop our pupils’ awareness and understanding that faith, religion and belief inform our values, society, culture and ethics. By exploring these concepts with reference to major world religions, philosophies and other belief systems, the children are offered opportunities to reflect on and develop personal opinions about our diverse society, culture and religious belief and practice. The themes of open mindedness, tolerance, respect, empathy and compassion are the threads that are woven into our lessons and which hold them together. Where appropriate, the discussion of the various religions includes their historical context and touches on some aspects of our history syllabus.
From Year 3 onwards each year group studies a different religion. Major world religions are taught in Year 3; Hinduism, Buddhism, Islam and Sikhism. Years 4 and 5 children study the Old and New Testaments respectively whilst building on their knowledge and understanding of Judaism and Christianity and the Year 6s do the same but with reference to a more in-depth examination of the other main religions.
Throughout these topics the children are encouraged to develop their skills of critical enquiry, recognise and challenge prejudice and to develop an appreciation that knowledge and belief are bound by mystery.