Courthouse recognises that Religious Education is an important aspect of its work. Religion and beliefs inform our values and are reflected in what we say and how we behave. RE is an important subject in itself, developing an individual’s knowledge and understanding of the religions and beliefs which form part of contemporary society.
R.E. lessons can develop pupils’ knowledge and understanding of Christianity, of other principal religions, other religious traditions and worldviews.
RE also contributes to pupils’ personal development and well-being and to community cohesion by promoting mutual respect and tolerance in a diverse society. RE can also make important contributions to other parts of the school curriculum such as citizenship, personal, social, health and economic education (PSHE education), the humanities, education for sustainable development and others. It offers opportunities for personal reflection and spiritual development, deepening the understanding of the significance of religion in the lives of others – individually, communally and cross-culturally.
Whole school assemblies include traditional hymns and songs offering a religious viewpoint on the world around us. This is followed by a daily prayer.
R.E. lessons take place as part of the curriculum and, as noted above, are interwoven with PSHE and other subjects to give pupils a rounded view on the society we all live in.
Pupils understanding is supported by trips to the places of worship of varied religions and visitors from the major religions are invited into school to share their beliefs and lifestyles and to foster greater understanding.