At the Ryleys School the purpose of Religious Education is to make a unique contribution to the spiritual, moral, social and cultural development of its pupils and to support wider community cohesion. It contributes to the personal development and well being of your child and promotes a mutual respect and tolerance of all religions.
The children will be encouraged to ask challenging questions about the meaning and purpose of life, beliefs, the self, issues of right and wrong and what it means to be human. We aim to develop the children’s understanding of the religion of Christianity and other principal religions. The children are encouraged to explore their own beliefs (religious or non-religious) within the light of what they learn as they examine issues of religious belief and faith and how these can impact on and be reflected within what we say and how we behave. The children will build their own sense of identity and belonging through an understanding of other cultures and beliefs, and develop a tolerance and respect for different faiths. All children are encouraged to develop an understanding that their personal opinions and views matter.
Within the subject of Religious Education the children will explore a range of themes that create cross-curricular links with but not limited to the subjects of humanities and PSHEE. In the EYFS and Key stage 1 we adopt an ethnography approach to activities, as this allows the children to identify with a child who is both the same as them and has a similar life to them but who has different cultural experiences, faith stories and practices.
Examples of themes that will be explored over the year include Celebrations; Thanking God for nature, Signs and symbols, special places and people, Books and stories and Religious leaders.