Religious Education (RE)
Religious Education at Brompton Hall is based upon our caring ethos and the value which we place on the development of the whole child; spiritually, morally, socially, culturally and intellectually is reflected in the RE curriculum.
Following the North Yorkshire Agreed Syllabus for Religious Education, we aim to enable learners of whatever ability and level of development to:
- acquire and development knowledge and understanding of principal world faiths practiced in Great Britain. These include Buddhism, Christianity, Hinduism, Islam, Judaism and Sikhism.
- develop an understanding of the influence of beliefs, values and traditions on individuals, communities and societies and cultures.
- develop the ability to make reasoned and informed judgements about religious and moral issues with reference to the teachings of the principal religions.
- enhance their own spiritual, moral, cultural and social development by:
- developing awareness of the fundamental questions of life arising from human experiences, and how religious beliefs and practices can relate to them.
- responding to the fundamental questions of life in the light of their experience and with reference to religious beliefs and practice.
- reflecting on their own beliefs, values and experiences in the light of their study.
- expressing their own personal viewpoints in a thoughtful, reasoned and considerate way.
- recognise the right of people to hold different beliefs within a religiously diverse society.
Schemes of work are planned, developed and taught both to impart knowledge and develop understanding of religious experiences, feelings and attitudes through a variety of teaching and learning approaches.
The teaching of RE involves some direct teaching and whole class, group, paired or individual activities. A range of teaching styles will be used including enquiry, exploration, discussion, role-play, drama, asking and answering questions, using a range of sources including ICT, works of art, artefacts, visits and visitors.
Many of the lessons are discussion led and the students are asked to make comparisons between the religions. They reflect on what they have learned and are encouraged to share their own views, opinions and beliefs whilst also considering those of others.
In Key Stage 3, our students have the opportunity to visit different places of worship to listen to followers of different faiths, meet worshippers, observe worship and further develop their knowledge and understanding of different religious beliefs and practices through first-hand experiences.
RE is incorporated into the whole school 24hr curriculum, where activities and events are planned to celebrate difference, develop understanding and encourage tolerance and acceptance of others.