Religious education contributes dynamically to children and young people’s education in schools by provoking challenging questions about meaning and purpose in life, beliefs about God, ultimate reality, issues of right and wrong and what it means to be human. In RE children learn about and from religions and world views in local, national and global contexts, to discover, explore and consider different answers to questions. They learn to develop and express their insights in response and to agree or disagree respectfully. Teaching therefore should equip pupils with systematic knowledge and understanding of a range of religions and world views, enabling them to develop their ideas, values and identities. Pupils learn to articulate clearly and coherently their personal beliefs, ideas, values and experiences while respecting the right of others to differ.
At Dovedale, we are theologists! We want our children to love religious education. We want them to have no limits to what their ambitions are and grow up wanting to be priests, anthropologists, lecturers or social workers. If our pupils imagine and believe, they will achieve! The RE curriculum has been carefully crafted so that our children develop their SMSC capital. We want our children to remember their RE lessons in our school and embrace the opportunities they are presented with.
At Dovedale, we promote spiritual development of children through experiences of mindfulness and reflection. Mindfulness means cultivating a sense of awareness on purpose, in a non-judgemental way in the present moment. Teachers and specialists from the community use mindfulness practices as part of assemblies and in lessons to build children’s self-awareness and skills of reflection, thus supporting their RE learning as well as their personal spiritual development.