Religious Education

"Religions all have different names, but they all contain the same truths" 

Oughtrington Community Primary School has no affiliation with a particular denomination. The school believes that Religious Education should provide a contemporary study of religion, preparing children for later life. The school takes into account that Great Britain is a multi-cultural nation which has Christianity as the main religion of the population.


As a result, all pupils will study Christianity throughout their years in school. Other religious traditions represented in Great Britain will also be studied, in line with the requirements of the LEA’s syllabus for breadth, depth and progression in learning. We believe Religious Education should enable children to approach sensitively and respectfully the beliefs, actions and feelings of all people, so that they can take full part in building a more cohesive community where people of different religions and no religion can live well together.

 

We aim to help all pupils understand the relationships between the individual and the community in religious life and develop appropriate ways of communicating their own thoughts, feelings and responses. We give children opportunities to apply these insights to the development of their own beliefs, values and attitudes. Using an investigative and reflective approach, the study of Religious Education develops enjoyment of, and commitment to, learning as a means of encouraging and stimulating the best possible progress and highest attainment for all.


Parents have the right to withdraw children from religious lessons. However, the school teaches open minded religious education, and is inclusive: all pupils develop their own beliefs and values through RE. Therefore any parent considering exercising the right of withdrawal and removing their child from the subject is invited to make an appointment with the Head teacher to discuss the approach we take to Religious Education and its role in a broad and balanced curriculum.