The aim of Religious Education is to promote the spiritual, moral, and cultural development of pupils and prepares them for the opportunities, responsibilities and experiences of what surrounds them now and for later life.
At the Federation of Wellington Community School and Marlborough Infant School, we have a rich heritage of culture of diversity that is ever-changing. The aim of Religious Education is to promote the spiritual, moral, and cultural development of pupils and prepares them for the opportunities, responsibilities and experiences of what surrounds them now and for later life. RE also contributes to pupils’ personal development and well-being, as well as to community cohesion, by promoting mutual respect and tolerance in a diverse society. By following Hampshire’s Living Difference IV syllabus and their enquiry cycle, we lay the groundwork for all of the above.
Throughout our curriculum, we focus on Christianity in all years, Hinduism in early years and key stage 1, Buddhism in years 3 and 4 and Islam in years 5 and 6. We start with a concept, such as 'neighbour' or 'sacred', exploring what they may mean to the child and to a particular religion. The children are able to describe and explain these concepts. They then evaluate for their own personal development and allowing children to question why these beliefs may be important. Thus recognising the diversity, which exits within and between communities and amongst individuals.
To enable all children regardless of previous knowledge or experience to gain a deeper understanding of the religions and concepts. We strive to provide important experiences such as visiting places of worship and speaking to people of different faiths or traditions. All lessons are inclusive yet aspirational for all learners and strive for children to be able to present their knowledge in a variety of ways.
At our schools, we encourage pupils to celebrate all cultures, religions and world views through many different activities, which helps to further their understanding of the community they live in and those they may come across throughout their lives.