'RE is amazing, we learn different things.' Mohammad year 4
'Every RE lesson I learn something different.' Jake Year 4
Aims and Objectives
Our aims in teaching religious education are to offer opportunities for children to:
SMSC in Religious Education (R.E )
SMSC stands for; spiritual, moral, social and cultural development.
The Spiritual aspect of SMSC is embedded in our lessons, with pupils often being given opportunity to reflect on how the things they have learnt can affect and influences their own lives.
Pupils’ spiritual development is shown by their:
• Beliefs, religious or otherwise, which inform their perspective on life
and their interest in and respect for different people’s feeling and values
• Sense of enjoyment and fascination in learning about themselves,
others and the world around them, including the intangible
• Use of imagination and creativity in their learning
• Willingness to reflect on their experiences.
The moral aspect of SMSC asks pupils to consider the moral issues of the topics that are being addressed, such as the role of humans and the environment.
Pupils’ moral development in shown by their:
• Ability to recognise the difference between right and wrong and their
readiness to apply this understanding in their own lives
• Understanding of the consequences of their actions
• Interest in investigating, and offered reasoned views
about, moral and ethical issues.
Within Religious Education pupils are given the opportunity to develop their social skills through debate, speaking and listening, group work and using a variety of modern media. We also reflect on issues of community cohesion and the affect religion has on individuals.
Pupils’ social development is shown by their:
• Use of a range of social skills in different contexts, including working and
socialising with pupils from different religious, ethnic and socio-economic
• Willingness to participate in a variety of social settings, cooperating well
with others and being able to resolve conflicts effectively
• Interest in and understanding of, the way communities and
societies function at a variety of levels.
Religion, Morality and Social skills are underpinned by the culture we live in. Within Religious Studies we look at issues of how religious beliefs affects the culture we live in. We also review world faiths and show the importance of the influence of culture and religion often go hand in hand throughout the world.
Pupils’ cultural development is shown by their:
• Understanding and appreciation of the wide range of cultural influences
that have shaped their own heritage
• Willingness to participate in, and respond to, for example, artistic, musical,
sporting, mathematical, technological, scientific and cultural opportunities
• Interest in exploring, understanding of, and respect for cultural diversity
and the extent to which they understand, accept, respect and celebrate
diversity, as shown by their attitudes towards different religious,
ethnic and socio-economic groups in the local, national
and global communities.