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. We want our children to be inclusive and welcoming members of their classes, our school & the wider community.
Children will acquire and develop knowledge and understanding of Christianity, Judaism, Buddhism, Islam, and Hinduism. They will 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 follow the Cornerstones Curriculum for all foundation subjects, including Religious Education. 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 Religious Education 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 Religious Education 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.
Religious Education 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, Religious Education is invaluable in an ever changing and developing world. Our main aim is always to develop and challenge our children’s understanding of diversity and inclusion and Religious Education is a wonderful subject to teach this through.