Central to the teaching and learning of religious education at Coldean is the development of children’s knowledge and understanding of the major world faiths.
We provide children with opportunities to investigate and reflect upon the variety of practices and lifestyles of different religions. Children consider what it means to have a faith and to develop their own spiritual knowledge and understanding. We help our children learn from religions as well as about religions through discussion about the similarities and differences between faiths.
A key aim of religious education at Coldean is to develop an awareness of spiritual and moral issues and allow children to develop an understanding of what it means to be committed to religious traditions or beliefs. Children are given the opportunity to reflect upon their own experiences and appreciate the cultural differences of life in Britain today. Through our creative curriculum we promote the development of investigative and research skills to enable our children to make reasoned judgements about religious issues. We celebrate the diversity in our school and in the community and promote respect and understanding of other peoples’ views.
We support children’s spiritual and moral development which is also cultivated within our PSHE curriculum. We place great importance on values and learn how these influence our thoughts and actions.
In RE, as in all subject areas, we aim to include these values in our teaching and discussions. This allows children to focus on their value and learn in a respectful manner which is fundamental to the study of religions and religious practices. We enhance children’s social development by helping them to build a sense of identity in a multicultural society.