Religious Education

“The highest result of education is tolerance.” – Helen Keller

We recognise that the personal development of pupils, spiritually, morally, socially and culturally, plays a significant part in their ability to learn, achieve, thrive in a supportive highly cohesive learning community and develop into responsible citizens. Religious Education (R.E.) is an important part of preparing our pupils well for the opportunities, responsibilities and experiences of life in British Society. R.E. develops an individual’s knowledge and understanding of the religions and beliefs building on the rich heritage of culture and diversity in the United Kingdom. R.E. also contributes to pupils’ personal development and well-being and to community cohesion by promoting mutual respect and tolerance in a diverse society. It provides a key context to develop pupils’ understanding and appreciation of diversity, to promote shared values and to challenge racism and discrimination. It also gives them the knowledge, skills and understanding to discern and value truth and goodness, strengthening their capacity for making moral judgements and for evaluating different types of commitment to make positive and healthy choices.

R.E. is usually taught for one session alternating weeks across the school. Lessons in R.E. are theme led and last for a term. Each year group (from Year 1 onwards) also visits a different place of worship each academic school year. This way, all children will have visited a different place of worship by the time they leave Kilburn Grange School in Year 6. In the Early Years Foundation Stage, R.E. is integrated into the EYFS curriculum. It is taught and planned through whole-class teaching, discussions and continuous provision.