Our RE curriculum is intended to ensure consistency and progression in the school’s approach to Religious Education, enabling children to develop their understanding of Christianity, non-religious worldviews and the other major world religions in order that they develop tolerance and understanding of the local, national and global communities in which they live.
Religious Education is unique in the church school curriculum in that it is a core subject but is not part of the National Curriculum; the 1988 Education Act states that ‘Religious Education has equal standing in relation to core subjects of the National Curriculum in that it is compulsory for all registered pupils’.
St Michael’s C of E Academy provides RE in accordance with the Diocese of Exeter and as a Voluntary Aided Church of England School has adopted the locally agreed syllabus for Devon Schools also drawing from the Understanding Christianity Programme.
The Devon and Torbay Agreed Syllabus describes the principal aim of RE as follows:
The principal aim of religious education is to explore what people believe and what difference this makes to how they live, so that pupils can gain the knowledge, understanding and skills needed to handle questions raised by religion and belief, reflecting on their own ideas and ways of living.
Through the provision of Religious Education at our school, we aim to:
- provoke challenging questions about the purpose of life, beliefs, the self, issues of right and wrong, and what it means to be human.
- equip pupils with systematic knowledge and understanding of a range of religions and beliefs in local, national and global contexts, enabling them to develop their ideas, values and identities.
- foster personal reflection and spiritual development, encourage pupils to explore their own beliefs, (whether they are religious or non-religious), and to express their responses.
- enable pupils to build their sense of identity and belonging, which helps them flourish within their communities and as citizens in a diverse society.
- teach pupils to develop respect for others, including people with different faiths and beliefs, and to help challenge prejudice.
- develop in pupils an aptitude for dialogue so that they can participate positively in our society, with its diverse religions and beliefs.
- enable pupils 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
- prompt pupils to consider their responsibilities to themselves and to others, and to explore how they might contribute to the communities and to wider society.
- develop a sense of awe and wonder in the world in which our children live.