Religious Education is one of the foundation subjects within the National Curriculum.
Religion and beliefs inform our values and are reflected in what we say and how we behave. RE is an important subject in developing an individual’s knowledge and understanding of the religions and beliefs which form part of contemporary society.
Religious education provokes challenging questions about the ultimate meaning and purpose of life, beliefs about God, the self and the nature of reality, issues of right and wrong, and what it means to be human. It can develop pupils’ knowledge and understanding of Christianity, of other principal religions, other religious traditions and worldviews that offer answers to questions such as these.
RE also contributes to pupils’ personal development and well-being and to community cohesion by promoting mutual respect and tolerance in a diverse society. RE can also make important contributions to other parts of the school curriculum such as citizenship, personal, social, health and economic education (PSHE education), the humanities, education for sustainable development and others. It offers opportunities for personal reflection and spiritual development, deepening the understanding of the significance of religion in the lives of others – individually, communally and cross-culturally.
At Eye School, Religious Education is provided in accordance with the Peterborough Agreed Syllabus.
Children are taught key aspects of the five main world religions: Christianity, Judaism, Hinduism, Sikhism and Islam, as well as aspects of other religions and belief systems. Where possible we try to explore religion through a practical approach using artefacts, interactive ICT programmes, visitors and trips to places of worship e.g. St Matthew’s Church, Eye, the Mandir and the Mosque. We study holy writings, significant people, places and ways of worship and important festivals and ceremonies such as marriage and baptism.
Occasionally the themes in R.E. are linked to other areas of the curriculum.
Religious Education is a statutory subject. Parents may, however, withdraw their child from religious education. Parents who wish to withdraw their children from lessons in religious education should contact the Headteacher in writing, explaining their views and reasons for their child’s withdrawal.