At St Anne’s we follow the Southwark Diocese Religious Education Syllabus which has been revised from 2017/2018.
Our pupils are taught about religion and how to learn from religion. We teach Christianity, Islam, Sikhism, Buddhism, Hinduism and Judaism. As a Church of England school a third of our RE curriculum is Christianity. Our pupils have a deep understanding of all faiths and are able to express their views and understanding in a variety of ways within their religious education lessons.
RE teaching is a specialism of the school. Our Christian values are at the heart of everything that we do and are referred to everyday in Collective Worship, lessons and on the playground.
Religious Education in St Anne’s CE School is firmly rooted in the basic tenets of Christianity, and the diocesan guidelines for religious education are incorporated into the schemes of work. Our approach is ecumenical and pupil of all faiths and no faith are encouraged to reflect on what might be learnt from religion in the light of their own beliefs and experiences.
We believe that Religious Education provides an opportunity to celebrate and foster awareness of these differences within our school and the wider world. It is a subject that celebrates diversity and challenges stereotypes.
Religious education provides a rich and wide range of experiences inside and outside the classroom, which give pupils opportunities to develop concepts, and skills that will help them to make sense of their own experiences and beliefs, and to understand the beliefs and practices of members of faith communities.
Our school community is made up of staff and pupils who originate from many different nationalities, cultures and faith groups. As a school we aim to celebrate this diversity and offer a welcoming and inclusive environment for all our pupils.
Aims for Religious Education
- to enable pupils to understand the nature of Christian beliefs and practices and the beliefs and practices of other world faiths
- to teach tolerance and challenge prejudice towards people of different faiths through providing opportunities to develop an understanding of the value of living in a multicultural and multi-faith society
- to help pupils reflect upon their own needs, experiences and questions and to confront what are sometimes referred to as ‘ultimate questions’, about God, the world and ourselves
- to encourage pupils to develop open minds to new and different concepts and to form their own opinions based on evidence and argument
- to maintain close links with local churches and other religious communities;
- to learn from religions in addition to gaining knowledge and understanding about religions