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Religious Education

We believe at this school that RE underpins what we aim to do in every aspect of school life.  Our caring ethos and the value which we place on the development of the whole child; spiritually, morally, socially, culturally and intellectually is reflected in the RE curriculum. The children are encouraged to explore their own beliefs and experience and also consider the social and moral aspects of life in the community.

 We follow the North Yorkshire Agreed Syllabus. We study different world faiths but focus specifically on Christianity, followed by Judaism and Islam.

 Our work centres on:

 *Learning about religion and belief

 *Learning from religion and belief

Specifically, RE at our school aims to enable pupils of whatever ability and level of development to:

  • acquire and develop knowledge and understanding of principal world faiths practised in Great Britain.  These include Buddhism, Christianity, Hinduism, Islam, Judaism and Sikhism, each of which is represented in North Yorkshire;
  • develop an understanding of the influence of beliefs, values and traditions on individuals, communities, societies and cultures, including the local community;
  • develop the ability to make reasoned and informed judgements about religious and moral issues with reference to the teachings of the principal religions.

Enhance their own spiritual, moral, social and cultural development by:

  • developing awareness of the fundamental questions of life arising from human experiences, and how religious beliefs and practices can relate to them;
  • responding to the fundamental questions of life in the light of their experience and with reference to religious beliefs and practices;
  • reflecting on their own beliefs, values and experiences in the light of their study;
  • expressing their own personal viewpoints in a thoughtful, reasoned and considerate way;
  • recognise the right of people to hold different beliefs within an ethnically and socially diverse society.

 Parents have the right to withdraw their children from RE teaching and should contact the Headteacher should they wish to do so.

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