Religious Education - The Whiteoak Way
‘R.E. is like an iceberg. As you unpack ideas, you come to understand deeper meaning.’
Year 9 pupil. (in Mary Myatt, 2018 p294)
At the Whiteoak Academies we believe that Religious Education (R.E.) provokes challenging questions about the meaning and purpose of life, beliefs about God, the self and the nature of reality, issues of right and wrong and what it means to be human. Therefore, we strive in our curriculum to develop pupils’ knowledge and understanding of principal religions and their traditions, and other world views that offer answers to these challenging questions. We also create opportunities to reflect upon the influence and inspirational aspect of religion on individuals, families, communities and cultures.
The pupils in our care will enter, as adults, a rapidly ever changing world but one for which we can provide a foundation of preparedness. With this in mind our RE curriculum supports and encourages pupils to learn how to listen attentively, talk clearly and confidently about their thoughts, opinions and ideas, learning to agree and disagree, respectfully, whilst striving to work collaboratively towards common goals. We also offer experiences or encounters which challenges pupils’ own views and extends their understanding of others.
We believe that our R.E. curriculum has an important role in preparing pupils for adult life, employment and lifelong learning. It encourages pupils to develop their sense of identity, belonging, respect for and sensitivity to others, in particular those whose faiths and beliefs are different from their own. It promotes discernment and enables pupils to combat prejudice, become rational and insightful. It enables them to flourish individually within their communities as citizens in a diverse society and global community.
‘Together we can do great things.’