At La Mare De Carteret Primary School we recognise that RE is special because it helps our children to think about themselves, their feelings, their relationships and their uniqueness as human beings. Through RE children can understand the living world of religion, its significance for many people and its impact on societies and cultures. RE allows children to think for themselves, to question, to listen to, and understand other people’s viewpoints, and to evaluate their own beliefs, ideas and values. RE is concerned not just with the transmission of knowledge but seeks to develop skills which prepare children for the opportunities, responsibilities and experiences of adult life.
Religious Education at La Mare de Carteret Primary School is based on Millennium Visions, the Guernsey Agreed Syllabus. This meets statutory requirements by reflecting the mainly Christian traditions and values of Guernsey whilst also including learning and teaching about the other principal world religions, e.g. Judaism and Islam.
Parents/carers have a legal right to withdraw their child from any RE lesson, on religious grounds. However they must ensure that their child is given appropriate RE tuition by a recognised qualified religious representative. Parents/carers are encouraged to contact the head teacher if they have concerns about the provision and practice of religious education at La Mare De Carteret Primary.
Through our teaching of RE we aim to:
enable children to understand what it means to belong to a religious tradition and how the beliefs of that tradition impact upon their relationships, values and lifestyle
allow children to recognise that each individual religion has its own special beliefs, values, sacred texts, places and forms of worship, rites of passage, celebrations and symbols
enable the children to recognise that religion is interested in, and provides responses to, questions of meaning
promote children’s spiritual development through personal reflection, discussions of questions of meaning and developing a sense of awe and wonder
support children’s moral development through a consideration of their own values and commitments and those of the school community in conjunction with those of the religions studied
- develop key skills of reflection, empathy, communication, analysis and evaluation