Religious Education

At Holsworthy CE Primary School we believe that learning about world religions is a vital part of a child’s life education. Religious Studies help pupils to develop an understanding and tolerance of  people and faith. We believe that the principal aim of religious education is to explore what people believe and what difference this makes to how they live, so that pupils can gain the knowledge, understanding and skills needed to handle the questions raised by religion and belief, while reflecting on their own ideas and ways of living. We feel that this empowers children to develop a sense of empathy, understanding and tolerance that is indicative of our school’s vision, values and Christian distinctiveness.

We follow the Devon agreed syllabus and agree with the purpose of this study.

“Religious education contributes dynamically to children and young people’s education in schools by provoking challenging questions about meaning and purpose in life, beliefs about God, ultimate reality, issues of right and wrong and what it means to be human. Pupils should gain and deploy the skills needed to understand, interpret and evaluate texts, sources of wisdom and authority and other evidence. They learn to articulate clearly and coherently their personal beliefs, ideas, values and experiences while respecting the right of others to differ. (NCFRE non-statutory framework 2013)”

Our RE syllabus is an enquiry based model and we actively encourage children to investigate, question, reflect and evaluate during all of their RE lessons. We actively remind pupils that religion is both globally and locally, a vital and dynamic aspect of life. We also feel strongly that children should be encouraged to take a wider world view of religion and recognise that they belong to an increasingly diverse Devon community.