Religious Education

‘RE is about promoting openness, respect for others, understanding and critical enquiry’

At Western, we want all children to be equipped with the knowledge and understanding of a range of religious and non-religious world views. All children have the opportunity for personal reflection throughout their RE learning. We enable pupils to appreciate that world views are complex, diverse and influence individuals, communities, societies and cultures.

RE sessions at Western make a significant contribution to the active promotion of mutual respect, tolerance of others faiths and beliefs and prepare children for the diversity of modern Britain. We encourage children to use and develop their skills in RE and to participate in critical thinking. We aim to ensure that the RE curriculum is challenging, dynamic and relevant to pupils of all ages. Children are taught to understand and respect the importance of religious beliefs in the world around them; including Christianity, Buddhism, Hinduism, Islam and Judaism.

Through RE we encourage pupils to learn from these different religions, beliefs, values and traditions while exploring their own beliefs and questions of meaning. We challenge pupils to reflect on, consider, analyse, interpret and evaluate issues of truth, equality, belief, faith and ethics and to communicate their responses.

At Western, we encourage pupils to develop their sense of self-worth, identity and belonging. Our aim is to enable pupils to flourish individually within their own communities and as citizens in a plural society and global community.