Religious Education

Archbishop Benson CE Primary School is an inclusive school. We believe that RE has an important part to play in promoting the spiritual, moral, social, cultural and intellectual development of our pupils and in helping them to gain a greater understanding of themselves and a more sympathetic awareness of the needs of others. This enables pupils to be better equipped to cope with the responsibilities and experiences of adult life. To promote the ideas of our school vision we believe that education in RE should be a child centred, exciting journey.  Children will learn to understand the world and their place in it, know that all members of the school community show respect and tolerance for others and develop a better cultural awareness.

Children will have the opportunity to reflect and develop their spiritual awareness through stilling exercises. Thinking skills will be developed through child-led philosophical discussions. Whilst celebrating our distinctively Christian character, and the global nature of the Christian Faith, teachers plan specific units of study devoted to teaching about other major world faiths. Pupils gain knowledge and understanding of these world faiths and develop an insight into the beliefs, culture, lives and spirituality of others. Children are encouraged to be reflective; they will be helped to recognise that learning about religion is a ‘Journey of Discovery’ and that it can be expressed in many varied and creative ways.

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