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Here at Pool, we believe that Religious Education is about ‘Beliefs, Values and Belonging’. R.E aims to develop pupils’ understanding of religions and worldviews, exploring their commonality and diversity. It enables pupils to develop a broad and balanced understanding of religions and world views, contribute to developing pupils as positive, participating citizens of the world and to develop spirituality. Through our cornerstone Christian values, these are our aims.

Develop pupils’ compassion by exploring connections to Spiritual, Moral, Social and Cultural Development and Community Cohesion.

Enable pupils to persevere by encouraging them to explore and reflect deeper, which may lead to challenging their own thoughts and opinions.

Facilitate pupils’ knowledge and critical thinking. To allow pupils to consider big questions in relation to religious faiths and other world views and encourage them to explore and reflect.

Develop pupils’ respect by allowing them the opportunity to understand and articulate their own views about religion and world views and guide them to comprehend that not everyone feels the same but teach them to see other people`s points of view.

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Learning about religion and learning from religion are important for all pupils, as religious education (RE) helps pupils develop an understanding of themselves and others. RE promotes the spiritual, moral, social and cultural development of individuals and of groups and communities.


At Pool Primary School, we teach RE to help children to make sense of beliefs, understand their impact, and make connections with their own lives.

Through our RE curriculum, we strive for children to be able to give a theologically informed and thoughtful account of Christianity as a living and diverse faith. We encourage them to show an informed and respectful attitude to religions and non-religious worldviews in their search for God and meaning. We give them opportunities to engage in meaningful and informed dialogue with those of other faiths and none and we provide them with the skills to reflect critically and responsibly on their own spiritual, philosophical and ethical convictions.

RE lessons will enable children to make sense of beliefs and understand their impact by:-

knowing about and understanding Christianity as a living faith that influences the lives of people worldwide and as the religion that has most shaped British culture and heritage.

knowing and understanding about other major world religions and non-religious worldviews, their impact on society, culture and the wider world.

RE lessons will enable children to make connections by:-

Developing their own spiritual/philosophical convictions, exploring and enriching their own beliefs and values.



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