Religious education provokes challenging questions about the meaning and purpose of life, beliefs about God, issues of right and wrong and what it means to be human.
RE in Devon, Plymouth and Torbay schools develops children’s knowledge and understanding of Christianity (which is taught throughout each key stage of learning) and the other principal religions. In Devon, Plymouth and Torbay these are Buddhism, Hinduism, Islam, Judaism and Sikhism.
Consideration is also given to other non-religious perspectives such as humanism.
RE offers children opportunities for personal reflection and spiritual development. It considers the influence of religion on individuals, families, communities and cultures.
In Learning about Religion children learn about different beliefs and teachings, practices and ways of life and how religions express themselves in different ways.
RE is more than just developing children’s’’ knowledge and understanding". It seeks to develop children’s skills in investigation/enquiry, communication, interpretation, analysis and evaluation. These are important skills for children to develop.