At High Down Schools, we want children to gain a deep awareness of their own and others’ identities; to develop empathy with people and their beliefs (religious or otherwise); to wrestle with the mysteries of life and the answers given by a wide variety of religions and beliefs and develop a clear sense of what is of real value in the world today.
We want our children to gain a deep knowledge and understanding of the teachings, practices and life stories expressed in a variety of ways within Christianity and other principal religions and world views. Through reflection on their own beliefs and values, in the light of their learning, we want them to grow in respect for themselves and others.
Our approach to RE will enable the children to demonstrate curiosity about men and women of faith including those who have changed individual lives, society and culture. It will provide children with the religious vocabulary to be able to describe the different ways people show their beliefs. They will learn to reflect on, consider, analyse, interpret and evaluate issues of truth, belief, faith and ethics and to respectfully communicate their responses.
Our approach to RE takes very seriously the philosophy that children are free to make their own choices and decisions concerning religion and belief. RE does not try to persuade but rather to inform and develop the skills with which evaluation can take place.