At Cuerden Church School, Religious Education lies at the heart of all we are and all we do.
The RE curriculum is not just another subject but it introduces the children to a different way of thinking and ‘seeing’ the world and each other. They learn to appreciate the spiritual dimension to life that lies beyond what they can perceive with their five senses. Often, there are no right or wrong answers. So children and teachers can explore questions, issues and challenges together, and also share experiences, values and beliefs, all in a safe and loving environment. The lessons become a journey where we can learn from each other and grow in knowledge and understanding.
Children from a Christian background will grow in their knowledge and personal faith, children from other religious traditions will be encouraged in their own beliefs and understanding and, also, children with no religious background will be given an insight into what it means to be a person of faith.
The RE curriculum provides lively opportunities for children to reflect on the truths of Christianity and to experience the breadth and variety of the wider Christian community. It also enables them to engage in thoughtful dialogue about and with other faiths, to recognise common values and then to enrich their own understanding by learning from other religions. Through creative and engaging activities, the children begin to develop a sense of self worth and an idea of their own identity within the school family and in the wider community. They develop a deeper sense of love, compassion, forgiveness and respect for others of all faiths and those of no faith. We endeavour to instil in the children the courage to become active citizens, serving their neighbours and demonstrating practically how faith and trust can bring hope to today’s troubled world. RE has the potential to change children forever, to develop reflective, understanding and sensitive individuals who can have a positive impact on their families, community and humanity at large.