Okehampton Primary School we believe that the Religious Education element of our school curriculum aims to engage, inspire, challenge and encourage pupils, equipping them with the knowledge and skills to answer challenging questions. This allows the exploration of different religious beliefs, values and traditions and develop a more rigorous understanding of the numerous religious traditions, beliefs and practices that are followed in our multi-cultural society. We want them to know how religious education enables pupils to combat prejudice, preparing them for adult life, employment and life-long learning.
The national curriculum for Religious Education aims to ensure that all pupils:
- develop knowledge and understanding of Christianity and other principal religious traditions represented in Great Britain;
- develop understanding of the ways in which beliefs influence people in their behaviour, practices and in their communities;
- reflect on, deepen and clarify their own experiences, values and beliefs and those of others;
- develop awareness of fundamental questions about life arising from human experience and how religious beliefs and practices can relate to them;
- recognise the right of people to hold diverse beliefs and values and to develop positive attitudes of respect towards other people;
- benefit from opportunities to enhance their spiritual, moral, social and cultural development.