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Religious Education

Religious education at Christopher Hatton School

At Christopher Hatton we follow the agreed syllabus for the London Borough of Camden.

The purpose of RE is to support pupils in developing their own coherent patterns of values and principles, and to support their spiritual, moral, social and cultural development.

This entails encouragement of each student to interpret and respond to a variety of concepts, beliefs and practices within religions and to their own and others’ cultural and life experiences.

Through the programme students develop the capacity to interpret, evaluate and respond to differing values and beliefs.

A key purpose of our RE teaching is to foster mutual understanding between students of differing religious and cultural backgrounds developing an acceptance and engagement with the fundamental British values of mutual respect and tolerance.

The RE curriculum identifies that people follow different beliefs and have different interpretations of the world. It teaches that acknowledging difference is necessary to ensure social harmony. Accepting difference does not imply agreement; nor does it imply that all difference is acceptable. Teachers have a responsibility to help students to develop their beliefs and values, in relation to those values our society prizes, as a result the agreed syllabus places particular importance upon the spiritual, moral, social and cultural development of students.

The curriculum introduces three broad concept groups:

Concepts common to human experience e.g. remembering, celebration, rights, duty, and justice.

Concepts shared by many religions and used in the study of religion e.g. God, worship, symbolism, martyrdom

Concepts specific to particular religions e.g. dukkha, Trinity, Torah

Children learn about, and respond to these concepts and how they are addressed within the context of major religious and humanitarian belief systems.

RE is generally taught through whole school focus days and may involve enquiry, discussion, visits and creativity.