Churchill School

Religious Education

Students have the opportunity to be involved in religious education lessons from KS2 up to Year 8. They learn about different religions and cultures, and are encouraged to show tolerance and empathy for them. Lessons follow the National Curriculum guidance and the Suffolk Agreed Syllabus. At Churchill, religious education is non-denominational in character.

Parents may, if they wish, withdraw their child from the arrangements for Religious Education.  They will need to put their request in writing addressing it to the Headteacher.

Key Stage 2

At Key Stage 2, the RE curriculum aims to introduce students to the six main world religions: Christianity, Judaism, Sikhism, Islam, Hinduism and Buddhism. In line with the Agreed Suffolk Syllabus for teaching Religious Education in schools, our curriculum covers Christianity in greater depth to reflect the fact ‘that the religious traditions in Great Britain are in the main Christian, while taking account of the teaching and practices of the other principal religions represented in Great Britain’ (1996 Act, Ch 56 s375 (3)).

Students are taught about the main beliefs, customs and traditions of each religion and are encouraged to think about and understand the impact that belonging to a religion has on an individual’s daily life. By developing students’ knowledge and understanding of different religions we aim to instil the following four attitudes in our learners:

  • Self awareness
  • Respect
  • Open-mindedness
  • Appreciation and wonder

Key Stage 3

At Key Stage 3, the RE curriculum builds on the knowledge acquired in KS2 and explores religions in greater depth. Students are encouraged to ask more challenging questions about their beliefs and to develop their own sense of identity and belonging. The curriculum promotes spiritual, moral, social and cultural development through religious education.

Our aim is to provide students with the opportunity to not only learn about religions and beliefs but also to learn from religions and beliefs.

These two aims will:

  • help students develop a positive attitude towards other people, respecting their right to hold beliefs different from their own, and towards living in a society of diverse religion and belief
  • enhance their spiritual, moral, cultural and social development.