Religious Education (R.E.) is a core subject at St Margaret’s. It aims to prepare children for citizenship in today’s rich and diverse society, both locally and globally. We have adopted the Southwark Diocese Board of Education’s syllabus, but also refer to the Greenwich Agreed Syllabus to supplement our teaching.
Through teaching about Christianity, and the other main religions represented in the United Kingdom, pupils learn about religion and from religion. In addition to the subject’s contribution to pupils’ mental, cognitive and linguistic development, R.E offers distinctive opportunities to develop the whole child by promoting pupils’ spiritual, moral, social and cultural development. It contributes dynamically to the children’s education by providing opportunities for children to consider provoking and challenging questions about meaning and purpose in life, beliefs about God, ultimate reality, issues of right and wrong and what it means to be human.
Through R.E, children learn to express clearly and coherently their personal beliefs, ideas, values and experiences while respecting the right of others to differ. They study religious texts and learn about the beliefs and practices of those who hold a religious or non-religious conviction. Lessons develop children’s religious literacy and give them time for critical reflection. As a result, they are able to articulate their response to what they are learning, together with the freedom to agree or disagree.
Our whole school Christian vision to ‘Love one-another as I have loved you’ is threaded throughout R.E. The children study many examples of the life of Jesus as a role model for this attitude. Examples from the lives of religious leaders and their adherents are also included.
Respecting the individual
R.E supports the teaching of British Values. It is taught within a context of a safe space for free speech, where every view – point and belief is valued and respected as an individual response. Our goal is that work in this subject will significantly impact children’s personal development, allowing them to flourish into young citizens who demonstrate understanding and respect through positive Christian values such as compassion and love.