Aims of religious education
Religious Education should enable and encourage pupils to:-
- develop a knowledge and understanding of Christianity: learn about and learn from Christian faith and life;
- develop a knowledge and understanding of the other religions and world views found in the United Kingdom and Solihull and their associated ways of living;
- appreciate the way in which religious beliefs can shape personal and social life and contribute to personal morality and social responsibility;
- appreciate the distinctive nature of religion within human experience;
- develop and articulate their personal beliefs, ideas, values and experiences, whilst respecting the right of others to differ.
The curriculum has been designed to meet its purpose and aims by having a certain percentage of core content with the remainder of the curriculum being school selected units. The core content has a focus on Christianity covering fifteen to twenty percent of R.E. curriculum time for each school. The other eighty to eighty-five percent of R.E. curriculum time will cover Christianity, other religions and worldviews found in Solihull and the U.K. and may take the form of common themes across faiths and traditions using the enquiry approach, such as “How and why do people pray?”(KS1), “If God made the world, why isn’t it perfect?”(KS2), and “Is this the only life there is?”(KS3). Overall, it is expected that the Christian content will comprise over half of the overall R.E. curriculum time in each school.