Religious Education

Overall, the spiritual development of pupils is good and this is fostered through teaching in Religious Education (RE) as well as across the whole curriculum.

SIAMS October 2015

RE is carefully planned and the use of key questions is very effective in making pupils think.

SIAMS October 2015

 As a church school, Sambourne aims that Religious Education will:-

  • Provoke challenging and ‘deep’ questions about the meaning and purpose of life, beliefs, the self, issues of right and wrong, and what it means to be human. It develops pupils’ knowledge and understanding of Christianity, other principal religions, and religious traditions that examine these questions, fostering personal reflection and spiritual development
  • Encourage pupils to explore their own beliefs (whether they are religious or non-religious), in the light of what they learn, as they examine issues of religious belief and faith and how these impact on personal, institutional and social ethics; and to express their responses
  • Enable pupils to build their sense of identity and belonging, which helps them flourish within their communities and as citizens in a diverse society
  • Teach pupils to develop respect for others, including people with different faiths and beliefs, and helps to challenge prejudice
  • Prompt pupils to consider their responsibilities to themselves and to others, and to explore how they might contribute to their communities and to wider society. It encourages empathy, generosity and compassion
  • Develop a sense of awe and wonder and mystery.