The Chapel

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We study comparative religions and draw upon rich local resources.

Aims

  • To develop an awareness of spiritual and moral issues in life experiences
  • To develop knowledge and understanding of Christianity and other major world religions and value systems found in Britain
  • To develop an understanding of what it means to be committed to a religious system
  • To be able to reflect on one’s own experiences and to develop a personal response to the fundamental questions of life
  • To have respect for other people’s views and to celebrate the diversity in society

What religions are studied?

Christianity is the principal religion studied throughout the School due the fact that:

  1. Heathfield is a Church of England Foundation School
  2. It is the major living faith in this country
  3. Because of the enormous influence Christianity has upon the culture, art, architecture, politics and legal systems in this country and beyond

Aspects of other major world religions are studied, especially Hinduism, Judaism and Islam.

How is Religious Education taught?

A range of teaching methods are used. It is clearly beneficial for pupils to have as direct an experience as possible of religion. Activities to facilitate this include:

  1. Visits to places of worship, which recently have included a mandir and a synagogue. Pupils in reception, key stage one and key stage two attend an Easter service in the school chapel.
  2. Meeting religious people. Recently, one of the school governors- The Right Reverend Tony Robinson, Bishop of Pontefract- visited the School and spoke to the children
  3. Handling religious artefacts
  4. Use of audio-visual resources, e.g. videos

Children often take part in discussions and presentations (either in class or during assembly time).

Cross-curricular links are explored where possible.

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