At Catcott Primary School, we believe that it is vital for all our pupils to learn from and about religion, so that they can understand the world around them. Throughout our Religious Education curriculum, we promote British values through valuing a wide range of faith communities. Pupils develop their knowledge of the world faiths, and their understanding and awareness of the beliefs, values and traditions of other individuals, societies, communities and cultures. It is our intent to engage, inspire, challenge and encourage pupils, equipping them with the knowledge and skills to ask, and answer, challenging questions. Our curriculum promotes respect and open-mindedness towards others with different faiths and beliefs and encourages pupils to develop their sense of identity and belonging through self-awareness and reflection. The modern world needs young people who are sufficiently confident in their own beliefs and values that they can respect the religious and cultural differences of others, and contribute to a cohesive and compassionate society. We want our pupils to know how religious education promotes discernment and enables them to combat prejudice, preparing them for adult life, employment and life-long learning. We utilise our close links with the local church (St Peter’s Church), to give the children a sense of community and belonging whilst experiencing Christian worship throughout the year.
Religious Education is taught following the Somerset Agreed Syllabus for Religious Education “Awareness, Mystery and Value” , which develops knowledge of Christianity whilst raising awareness of other religions. Through our R.E. lessons and a variety of assemblies we aim to increase children's awareness and understanding of the many different religions and beliefs that shape our world.