Religious education has an important role in preparing pupils for adult life, employment and lifelong learning. It enables pupils to develop respect for and sensitivity to others. It promotes discernment and enables pupils to combat prejudice.
At Shirley School, children acquire and develop knowledge of the six main faiths; Christianity, Judaism, Islam, Hinduism, Buddhism and Sikhism. We look at beliefs, values and traditions from our own communities and other cultures. We aim to develop positive attitudes of respect towards other people who hold beliefs different from our own.
We encourage openness to ask questions, reflect and search for meaning and purpose for themselves. RE is taught through either weekly lessons or through a half termly interactive day of learning using questions posed by the Cambridgeshire Agreed Syllabus 2013. Lessons are fun and engaging and we particularly like to welcome visitors into school to help us learn and reflect. Through visits to churches and other places of worship the children are able to put their learning into context.