At Diamond Hall Infant Academy we follow the Sunderland Agreed Syllabus for Religious Education (Sept 2012). We recognise the variety of different religious and non-religious families from which our children come from and ensure that all children are not only included in RE lessons but their beliefs are respected. We welcome and celebrate this diversity and aim to introduce our children to important concepts in religion, develop the skills to evaluate what they learn from religion and be encouraged to foster positive attitudes that arise from the exploration of religion
The Religious Education taught at Diamond Hall Infant Academy aims to ensure that all children:
- Acquire and develop knowledge and understanding of Christianity, Buddhism and other religions;
- Develop an understanding of the influence of beliefs, values and traditions on individuals, communities, societies and cultures;
- Develop the ability to make reasoned and informed judgments about religious and moral issues;
- Develop awareness of the fundamental questions of life raised by human experience and how religious teaching can relate to them;
- Respond to such questions with reference to the teachings and practices of religions and to their own understanding and experience;
- Reflect on their own beliefs, values and experiences in the light of their study,
- Develop a positive attitude towards other people, respecting their right to hold beliefs different from their own and towards living in a society of diverse religions.
Religious Education taught at Diamond Hall Infant Academy also provides opportunities for:
Spiritual development, through helping children to consider and respond to questions of meaning and purpose in life, and questions about the nature of values in human society;
Moral development, through helping children to consider and respond to areas of morality using their knowledge and understanding of religious and ethical teaching. This enables them to make reasoned and informed judgements on religious and moral issues;
Social development, through helping children to develop their sense of identity and belonging, preparing them for life as citizens in a plural society;
Cultural development, through fostering children’s awareness and understanding of a range of beliefs, practices and values in their own society and in the wider world. Through exploring issues within and between faiths, developing their understanding of the cultural contexts within which they live.