As a school of sanctuary, Religious Education at Charlton offers a safe space for all of our pupils to explore the ‘big questions’ of life. Our children are given opportunities to consider different viewpoints and express their own ideas which is key to developing their individual identity and nurturing spirituality. Due to our locality, it is especially important to us that our pupils are offered opportunities to learn about and celebrate a diverse range of worldviews in order to help widen their horizons and support them in becoming global citizens. Religious Education lessons at Charlton CE Primary School promote pupils’ curiosity, challenging them to think deeply, enquire, wonder and question which are all vital skills in our society today.
RE at Charlton enables all of our pupils to flourish and live life in all its fullness (John 10:10). It encourages us all to live well together and treat each other with dignity and respect. RE is a non-confessional, academic subject in which we learn about the belief and faith of others. As a school, we follow the Agreed Syllabus for Kent which incorporates Understanding Christianity.
Aims and Objectives
As stated in the Church of England Statement of Entitlement for Religious Education, our school aims for all pupils:
• To know about and understand Christianity as a diverse global living faith through the exploration of core beliefs using an approach that critically engages with biblical text.
• To gain knowledge and understanding of a range of religions and worldviews appreciating diversity, continuity and change within the religions and worldviews being studied.
• To engage with challenging questions of meaning and purpose raised by human existence and experience.
• To recognise the concept of religion and its continuing influence on Britain’s cultural heritage and in the lives of individuals and societies in different times, cultures and places.
• To explore their own religious, spiritual and philosophical ways of living, believing and thinking.