The principal aim of RE at Otford is to engage pupils in systematic enquiry into significant human questions which religion addresses, so that they can develop the understanding and skills needed to appreciate and appraise varied responses to these questions, as well as develop responses of their own. We want our children to describe, explain and analyse believes and practices, recognising the diversity which exists within our school community and our country and within the world.
Children will acquire and develop knowledge and understanding of Christianity and the other principal religions represented in Great Britain; to appreciate with kindness, courage and curiosity the way that religious beliefs shape life and our behaviour; to develop the ability to make reasoned and informed judgements about religious and moral issues and enhance their spiritual, moral, social and cultural development.
At Otford, we followed the Kent guidelines presented in the Kent Agreed Syllabus 2017 -2022; the following religions have been selected for study: Christianity, Islam, Judaism, Hinduism and Humanism. Religious Education is taught throughout the school in such a way as to reflect the overall aims, values, and philosophy of the school. At Otford, Religious Education plays an important role, along with all other curriculum areas, particularly PSHCE and Circle time, in promoting the spiritual, moral, social, and cultural development of our children.
The children at Otford Primary value learning about other religions and why people choose, or choose not to follow a religion. Through their R.E. learning, the children are able to make links between their own lives and those of others in their community and in the wider world. Through R.E. our children are developing an understanding of other people’s cultures and ways of life, which they are then able to communicate to the wider community.
R.E. offers our children the means by which to understand how other people choose to live and to understand why they choose to live in that way. As such, R.E. is invaluable in an ever changing and developing world.