Religious Education contributes dynamically to Pupils’ education by provoking challenging questions about the meaning and purpose of life, ultimate reality, beliefs about God, issues of right and wrong and what it means to be human. Meaningful links are made to Global Goals and the UNICEF Rights of the Child where relevant.

At Village Primary, Pupils are taught about and explore a range of religions. They learn to respect and ask questions about different religions, traditions and cultures around the world. We support Pupils to feel able to discuss, understand and challenge any misunderstanding, stereotyping and division within religious groups in a safe place.

We believe Pupils learn best from real experiences in order to capture their imaginations and encourage curiosity. We enhance our curriculum in many different practical ways to ensure that Pupils discover, learn and respect different religions. We have access to a wide selection of stimulating resources from Durham RE resource library to ignite Pupils’ enquiry. We foster positive relationships with local religious leaders across different faiths and work together to teach Pupils about different religions in a real, relevant and stimulating way, which includes visits from religious leaders and visits to religious buildings.

Within our curriculum, Pupils are encouraged to enquire and ask questions in order to impact on their spiritual, moral, social and cultural development. During religious education lessons, Pupils are challenged to push themselves to think outside of their comfort zones and explore their skills, beliefs and ideas; asking questions at all times through practical lessons.

Throughout RE lessons, Pupils will gain and deploy the skills needed to understand, interpret and evaluate texts, sources of wisdom and authority and any other evidence. They learn to articulate clearly and coherently their own personal beliefs, ideas, values and experiences whilst respecting the right of others who differ. Pupils explore the dream of the future, where people can live side by side, respectfully and peacefully regardless of their beliefs.

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