RE at High Lane is about pupils developing a rich knowledge of religions and worldviews and the ability to use this to increase their levels of religious literacy and conceptual understanding. We want them to be able to explore and articulate, with confidence, their own positions and ideas about religion, beliefs and spirituality. Through the exploration of multiple identities and local communities, and through a deepening understanding of beliefs and practices, our aim is for our children to come to informed and empathic understandings of different groups which will help promote cohesion and integration. We are passionate about our children understanding how important it is to build their own knowledge about the diversity around them in order to support them in becoming respectful and compassion citizens of the future.
1. Know about and understand a range of religious and non-religious worldviews, so that they can:
• describe, explain and analyse beliefs and practices, recognising the diversity which exists within and between communities and amongst individuals
• identify, investigate and respond to questions posed, and responses offered, by some of the sources of wisdom found in religious and non-religious worldviews
• appreciate and appraise the nature, significance and impact of different ways of life and ways of expressing meaning
2. Express ideas and insights about the nature, significance and impact of religious and non-religious worldviews, so that they can:
• explain, using reasoned arguments, their ideas about how beliefs, practices and forms of expression influence individuals and communities
• express with increasing discernment their personal reflections and critical responses to questions and teachings about identity, diversity, meaning and value, including ethical issues
• appreciate and appraise varied dimensions of religion
3. Gain and deploy the skills needed to engage seriously with religious and non-religious worldviews, so that they can:
• investigate key concepts and questions of belonging, meaning, purpose and truth, responding creatively
• enquire into what enables different individuals and communities to live together respectfully for the wellbeing of all
• articulate clearly beliefs, values and commitments in order to explain why they may be important in their own and other people’s lives.
• enquire into the impact of religious and non-religious practices on our planet and the world around us