At St. Michael’s C of E Aided First School, religious education is taught in accordance with The Newcastle Diocesan Religious Education Syllabus and reflects the distinctive and inclusive ethos of our Anglican foundation. Along with the national curriculum subjects, religious education forms the basic curriculum. The purpose of religious education is to enable children to learn about religions and to learn from religion.
Learning about Religions
1. Identifying, naming, describing and giving accounts in order to build up a coherent picture of each religion.
2. Explaining the meaning of religious language, stories and symbolism.
3. Explaining similarities and differences between and within religions.
Learning from Religion
1. Giving an informed and considered response to religious and moral issues.
2. Reflecting on what might be learnt from religion in the light of one’s own beliefs and experience.
3. Identifying and responding to questions of meaning within religion.
Religious education in a church school context
In recognition of our distinctive context, religious education has a high profile. We emphasise:
1. A wide range of Christian resources, including artefacts.
2. A close link with the local church family.
3. A Christian ethos, which permeates the whole curriculum but finds particular emphasis in this subject.
4. The Christian foundation of the school.