The aims of RE: believing, belonging, behaving – and the links between them
A different, more integrated approach is used in teaching Religious Education at Oxley Park (based on the agreed syllabus for teaching RE in Milton Keynes) making stronger links between:
- believing a faith and its texts and teachings
- belonging to a faith and to other believers; and
- behaving in a way that is required by the texts and teachings of each faith.
RE is taught so that pupils not only have a secure grasp of these three areas and the links between them, but also to ensure that pupils have opportunity to make their own responses and reflections to the learning that comes from a study of each of these key strands of religious practice.
The key questions are organised for each key stage and each faith tradition using these three strands of practice.
By the end of each chapter of work, it is intended that pupils will have made substantial progress in:
- acquiring and deepening their knowledge and understanding of Christianity and other principal religions represented in Britain and the world
- enriching their understanding of the influence of beliefs, values and traditions on individuals, communities, societies and cultures
- growing a respectful and positive attitude towards other people, honouring their right to hold beliefs different from their own and enabling them in living in a society of increasingly diverse religious character
- making reasoned and informed judgements about religious and moral issues with reference to the teachings of the principal religions represented in Britain
- enhancing their spiritual, moral, social and cultural development by:
- increasing awareness of the fundamental questions of life raised by human experiences, and how religious teachings can relate to and inform them
- responding to such questions with reference to the teachings and practices of religions and to their understanding and experience o reflecting on their own beliefs, values and experiences in the light of their study.