Religious Studies

Our aim is to enable pupils to understand the nature of religion, beliefs and practice from which will come a tolerance and respect for other cultures and faiths.

During the course of their time with us, pupils grow to understand the key concepts, beliefs and practices of Christianity and at least five of the other major world faiths (Buddhism, Hinduism, Islam, Judaism and Sikhism). This helps pupils to develop a tolerance and respect for others, to challenge the prejudices that can exist in our world and also provides opportunities for them to grow in their understanding of the value of living in a multicultural, multi-faith and multi-lingual society.

In addition, from the youngest age, pupils are encouraged to develop open minds to new and different concepts, and to form their own opinions based on evidence and argument. As our pupils move through the school they are also encouraged to reflect upon more challenging and potentially contentious contemporary issues, appropriate to their age. This is in conjunction with an analysis of the way in which such issues, and their associated dilemmas, are reported in the media.  Broadly speaking, pupils follow many aspects of the Wiltshire Agreed Syllabus up to the age of eleven, beyond which they follow the 13+ Common Entrance Syllabus and any specific requirements their destination schools require.

 

Moving outside the classroom, we aim to visit local churches and other religious communities and their members, where practical. We believe that Religious Education should not indoctrinate pupils in any particular faith but that it should go beyond simply teaching about world religions.  It sets out to help the children develop an understanding of what and how people worship, what creates feelings such as awe, wonder, reverence and humility and how religious faith affects people’s everyday lives.

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