At Knaphill, we base our R.E lessons around the Agreed Syllabus for Religious Education in Surrey Schools. The children have the opportunity to learn about the main religious throughout their time at Knaphill.
The main aims of the Agreed Syllabus are to enable pupils to:
- Demonstrate an appreciation of the nature of religion and belief and the important contribution of religious and spiritual insights and values to the individual’s search for meaning in life, whilst acknowledging that this may also come from a non-religious perspective.
- Develop knowledge and understanding of Christianity, and of the other principal religions and beliefs represented in Great Britain, both through their history and their contemporary diverse expressions.
- Develop interest in and enthusiasm for the study of religion and beliefs and enhance their own spiritual, moral, social and cultural development.
- Develop the ability to make reasoned, informed and creative responses to religious and moral issues.
- Recognise the influence of beliefs, values and traditions on the individual, on culture and on communities throughout the world.
Within the Surrey Agreed Syllabus, learning in RE is divided into two distinct but complementary areas:
- Knowledge and understanding
- Expressing ideas, beliefs and insights
Although the teachers ensure that the British Values are covered in all lessons across the curriculum, R.E is one of the most important lessons to promote ‘Tolerance of those of different faiths and beliefs’. It is important that the children learn about different faiths and cultures from around the world. The teachers at Knaphill work hard to ensure that the children enjoy learning about these different faiths and cultures. Where appropriate, the children are also given the opportunity to visit different places of worship and have people from different faiths or with different beliefs visit and talk to them. We also promote diversity by celebrating different celebrations from faiths around the world. This has proved very successful to the children’s learning, promoting respect for others – one of our school values.