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The Whiteoak Academies of
Hannah More Infants and Grove Juniors.
Planting dreams. Nurturing hearts. Growing minds.
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Hannah More Infants and Grove Juniors.
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Religious Education

Religious Education - The Whiteoak Way

 

Religion has been the most single important influence on human development.

It has shaped global history and defined the culture of nations.

Michael Portillo.

 

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.

 

 

‘R.E. is like an iceberg. As you unpack ideas, you come to understand deeper meaning.’

Year 9 pupil. (in Mary Myatt, 2018)

 

Our Aims for Religious Education

At the Whiteoak Academies, we have developed our own curriculum to help ensure that each and every child thrives by becoming:

  • Knowledgeable & Curious
  • Respectful & Compassionate
  • Independent & Fulfilled

 

In support of our curriculum vision and aims, we have crafted our own Whiteoak Way for Religious Education which is carefully and thoughtfully planned to inspire curiosity and fascination about the world and its people that we hope will remain with our children for the rest of their lives.

 

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.
  • It develops an understanding of the influence of beliefs, values and traditions on individuals, communities, societies and cultures.
  • It develops an awareness of the fundamental questions of life raised by human experiences
  • It develops their own understanding of how religious teachings can relate to these questions
  • It develops positive attitudes towards other people, respecting their right to hold beliefs different from their own.

 

As a family of schools, we aim to:

  • ensure there are opportunities to inspire children about the world.
  • provide opportunities for children to develop their knowledge and understanding of Christianity and other world religions.
  • enable children to develop an awareness of what it might mean to be committed to a religious tradition.
  • encourage children to recognise and appreciate the cultural differences and diversity in Britain today.
  • allow children to develop an awareness of spiritual and moral issues in life experiences.
  • help children to be able to reflect on their own experiences and to develop a personal response to the fundamental experiences of life.
  • to enable children to reflect on their own beliefs, values and experiences in the light of their study of RE.
  • to develop a positive attitude towards other people, respecting their right to hold different beliefs from their own and towards living in a society of diverse religions.
  • to help children to develop a sense of awe and wonder at the world around them and that there may be more to life than outward appearances might suggest.
  • to provide information and so develop knowledge about central elements to religions – e.g. rituals, ceremonies, festivals and moral values.

 

 

R.E.  OVERVIEW

British Values and SMSC in Religious Education.

To help ensure that children leave school prepared for life in modern Britain, the DfE issued guidance to all schools on improving the spiritual, moral, social and cultural (SMSC) development of children through the promotion of fundamental British values.

 

Across our family of schools, we aim to develop a climate where the British values of democracy, the rule of law, individual liberty, mutual respect and tolerance of those with different faiths and beliefs are deeply embedded at every level and lived through our vivid vision, core values and curriculum.

 

As outlined in our aims and vivid vision, we seek to encourage our children to act with integrity and respect so that they embrace and celebrate diversity and understand our rich cultural history. Furthermore, we aim to empower our children to become humble, compassionate global citizens who learn how to live successful and happy lives where they are informed, courageous advocates of the things that matter to them. Underpinning this are the key concepts of being and belonging: being hopeful, considerate human beings who know they matter and that they can shape a positive future for themselves and others, understanding how they belong to their community, modern Britain and the world, recognising they can make a difference now.

 

‘RE contributes significantly to the British Values agenda.

Religious Education is a key player in engendering knowledge and understanding which can lead to tolerance and respect for others and their beliefs. It does not, however, teach children to passively accept, but rather encourages evaluation and critical thinking, equipping pupils to consider belief positions they encounter.’  (Discovery RE)

 

Whiteoak RE provides children with opportunities to explore aspects of their own experience and to develop an understanding of how religion seeks to answer questions of meaning and purpose in life. A structured and progressive RE programme gives children a framework in which to develop the attitudes, concepts and skills they need in order to answer these questions for themselves.

It enables them to flourish individually within their communities as citizens in a diverse society and global community.

 

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