Religious Education is taught throughout the school and follows the North Tyneside Agreed Syllabus. Emphasis is placed on allowing pupils to explore religion in a tolerant atmosphere. The overall aim is not to indoctrinate, but to develop respect for different beliefs and to enable individual pupils to discover their own personal values.
Methods of study are varied. Pupils can involve themselves in role play and discussion work, as well as creative writing, non-fiction writing and project work. A variety of resources are employed and use is made of artefacts, the Internet, video, CD-roms and audio cassettes where appropriate. The school’s Religious Education text books are relevant and up-to-date.
Topics chosen for study are wide-ranging and selected to fulfil the two attainment targets of the new Agreed Syllabus. The main concerns of which are:
AT1 Learning About Religion
* Religious beliefs, teachings and sources
* Religious practices and ways of life
* Religious and spiritual communication and expression
AT2 Learning From Religion
* Questions and answers about belonging and identity
* Questions and answers about meaning, purpose and truth
* Questions and answers about beliefs, values and commitments
Throughout these attainment targets, pupils should learn about religion, but also derive personal insight and develop their own responses to religious issues. The new Agreed Syllabus is to be phased in during the academic year 2006/2007 and this will result in some changes to topics currently being taught.
If the parents of any pupil request that he / she be excused from attendance at acts of collective worship or Religious Education the pupil shall be excused. Parents are urged to consider carefully before taking such a step.