Religious Education offers a unique opportunity for all pupils to show pride, joy, and – crucially – understanding as they express their own beliefs. At Hallfield we deliver a broad RE curriculum which emphasises, as we do everywhere in the school, mutual respect as well as self-worth.
RE increases a child’s knowledge of the society to which they belong. Faith forms a part of the lives of their school, neighbourhood, and city – and an understanding of it helps them think for themselves about what is right and wrong, based on reason and respect for others.
As it is taught at Hallfield, RE also provides our pupils with the knowledge and skills to ask questions about the views of others and see how they are similar or different to their own. In so doing, children come to show a developing understanding of the views and beliefs of others – and how these may influence ideas about life more generally.
We focus across the curriculum at Hallfield on producing independent, curious learners who exhibit respect for others and self-esteem, too. RE forms a fundamental part of this process of development, since it encourages empathy and compassion for others – and, we like to think, inspires children to make the world a better place for everyone.