Religious Education at Leatherhead Trinity
Aims and Objectives
Religious Education enables children to investigate and reflect on some of the most fundamental questions asked by people. At Leatherhead Trinity we develop the children’s knowledge and understanding of the major world faiths, and we address the fundamental questions in life, for example, the meaning of life and the existence of a divine spirit. We enable children to develop a sound knowledge not only of Christianity but also of other world religions, especially those that are the main faiths of children within our school. Children reflect on what it means to have a faith and to develop their own spiritual knowledge and understanding. We help the children learn from religions as well as about religions.
The aims of religious education are to help children:
- Develop an awareness of spiritual and moral issues in life experiences;
- Develop knowledge and understanding of Christianity and other major world religions and the values found in Britain;
- Develop an understanding of what it means to be committed to a religious tradition;
- To be able to reflect on their own experiences and to develop a personal response to the fundamental questions of life;
- Develop an understanding of religious traditions and to appreciate the cultural differences in Britain today;
- Develop investigative and research skills and to enable them to make reasoned judgements about religious issues;
- To have respect for other peoples’ views and to celebrate the diversity of beliefs in society
- Develop an awareness of, and a sensitivity to the world in which we live through a better understanding of themselves, other people and the living world. To be able to reflect upon, and be able to communicate this, through feelings, thoughts, emotions and attitudes;
- To develop an understanding of right and wrong in relation to themselves, and of living within a community, developing attitudes and behaviour patterns to help make moral decisions about living in Britain today.