At Ivy Chimneys we believe that religion and beliefs inform our values and are reflected in our actions and words. Having a good knowledge and understanding of the religions which form part of our society, is essential for children to become tolerant citizens who are able to show mutual respect for the individual liberty of others to practise their faiths.
Religious education provokes challenging questions about the meaning and purpose of life, beliefs about God, right and wrong, and about ourselves as human beings. We aim to develop children’s knowledge and understanding of Christianity, other religions and world views that offer answers to these questions.
The RE curriculum at Ivy Chimneys follows the Essex ExploRE syllabus. As well as what we can learn about religion, what we can learn from religion is equally important. RE enables children to develop, not only their knowledge of different faiths, but also to practise skills which are transferable to other curriculum areas and which promote their spiritual, moral, social and cultural development. Furthermore, RE provides children with a framework within which to think about wider social and global issues.