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What contribution does RE make to learning across the curriculum?

RE provides opportunities for all pupils to learn and achieve. RE should be a stimulating, interesting and enjoyable subject which encourages pupils to learn, enquire and evaluate what religions have to say about fundamental questions of life – how can we be happy, why are we born, why do we die, why is there suffering, what is the nature of reality, and does it all matter? It fosters in learners an understanding of the influence of religion and beliefs both locally and globally. It enhances the capacity to think coherently and consistently, enabling pupils to evaluate their own and others’ views in a reasoned and informed manner.

Aims

The aims of RE are to enable young people to be:
A. INFORMED Know about and understand a range of religions and 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 religions and worldviews;
• appreciate and appraise the nature, significance and impact of different ways of life and ways of expressing meaning.
B. EXPRESSIVE Express ideas and insights about the nature, significance and impact of religions and worldviews, so that they can:
• explain reasonably 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 spiritual and ethical issues
• appreciate and appraise varied dimensions of religion or a worldview
C. ENQUIRING AND REFLECTIVE Gain and deploy the skills needed to engage seriously with religions and 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 beliefs, values and commitments clearly in order to explain why they may be important in their own and other’s lives.

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