To be one, to be united is a great thing. But to respect the right to be different is maybe even greater - Bono
The UK has a rich heritage of culture and different belief systems and it is vital that young people are given opportunities to reflect on how different beliefs affect them and those around them.
Religious Education (RE) contributes to education by provoking challenging questions about meaning and purpose in life, beliefs about ultimate reality, issues of right and wrong and what it means to be human.
In RE pupils learn about and from religions and world views in local, national and global contexts, to discover, explore and consider different answers to these questions. They learn to weigh up the value of wisdom from different sources, to develop and express their insights in response, and to agree or disagree respectfully.
Learning about religion and beliefs
• Recognise the diversity which exists within and between communities and individuals and challenge simplistic representations of religion
• Identify, investigate and respond to questions posed, and the responses offered, by different sources of wisdom and authority
• Appreciate the nature and significance of the different ways of life studied, explaining why they are important to different individuals and communities.
Learning from religion and beliefs
Key Stage 1 and 2
RE at John Burns reflects the fact that the religious traditions in Great Britain are in the main Christian, while taking account of the teaching and practices of the other principal religions represented in Great Britain and our school context, such as Islam, and also different world views such as atheism and humanitarianism.
All the major world religions (Christianity, Islam, Hinduism, Judaism, Buddhism, Sikhism) and Humanism are covered by the end of Key Stage 2.
Where possible, pupils benefit from visiting places of worship or being visited by speakers. Opportunities to explore places of worship and invite faith speakers in are outlined in the RE scheme of work.