At Alma Primary, we are becoming thoughtful religious educators and understanding citizens!
Religious Education is an important part of developing children’s spiritual, moral, social and cultural (SMSC) development. Our holistic, inclusive and progressive RE curriculum is designed to engage, enthuse and inspire our children, irrespective of their own family background, personal beliefs and practices. It aims to nurture our children’s awareness of diversity and educate on the sensitivities and challenges that can present from different views and cultures, with scope for cross-curricular learning. We believe that knowing about and understanding a range of religions and world views is an essential area of learning, providing children with the knowledge, understand and skills that they need to be prepared for life in a world where there are a multitude of viewpoints. We encourage our learners to make their own informed decisions and to have the confidence to voice their views, preparing our children for life in an ever developing 21st century.
We want our children to enjoy RE and develop resilient responses to misunderstandings, stereotyping and division. We want our children to learn about the difference between equality and equity. We want to offer the children a place where difficult or ‘risky’ questions can be identified, investigated and responded to within a safe but challenging context. Social, Moral, Spiritual and Cultural links, personal growth and community cohesion are important threads within our approach to religious education teaching and learning, to ensure opportunities for children to develop positive attitudes and values and to reflect on and relate their learning in RE to their own experiences. We want our Alma learners to develop a religious literacy, whereby they can discuss challenging questions about meaning and purpose in life, beliefs about God/s, ultimate reality, issues of right and wrong and what it means to be human. We want our Alma leaders to flourish individually, within their own communities, within our school community and as members of a diverse and global society.