At Whitegate CE Primary School, we aim to support the pupils as they grow in faith within this diverse world around them. In order to allow our children to shine brightly, we aim to instil in children wisdom to treat others with respect regardless of who they are or what they believe.
At Whitegate Primary School, we are passionate about supporting each one of the children in our care in their personal and spiritual development. Through an authentic, hands-on and practical experience, we accompany the children on a 'Questful' journey into the heart of the Christian faith which is at the centre of all we do. Through engaging stories and personal experience, we strive to show how the Christian faith is a living and vibrant faith.
Our school’s relationship with St Mary’s Parish Church here in Whitegate and dynamic and active links to other local churches allows all the children the regular opportunity to visit a Christian place of worship and meet those to whom the faith is so important.
Whilst we focus on the Christian faith, we also explore the world faiths of Buddhism, Islam, Judaism, Hinduism and Sikhism. Once again, we do this in a practical and experiential approach allowing the children to learn from the beliefs and practices of those from other faiths.
The aims of teaching Religious Education in our school are:
- to enable pupils to know about and understand Christianity as a living faith that influences the lives of people worldwide and as the religion that has most shaped British culture and heritage.
- to enable pupils to know and understand about other major world religions and world views, their impact on society, culture and the wider world, enabling pupils to express ideas and insights.
- to contribute to the development of pupils’ own spiritual/philosophical convictions, exploring and enriching their own beliefs and values.
- give a theologically informed and thoughtful account of Christianity as a living and diverse faith.
- show an informed and respectful attitude to religions and world views in their search for God and meaning.
- engage in meaningful and informed dialogue with those of other faiths and none.
- reflect critically and responsibly on their own spiritual, philosophical and ethical convictions.