“The highest result of education is tolerance.” – Helen Keller
The intent of Religious Education at Ghost Hill is to ensure the children have the opportunity to develop as tolerant young people with respect and understanding of the views of others, including the beliefs and practices of religions and other world views. In essence to become ‘culture experts’ whereby the ‘result of education is tolerance’. This also links to the core British Value of Respect, Tolerance, and Individual Liberty. We provide a broad and balanced approach to religious education to develop the children’s critical and philosophical thinking skills and encourage children to have respect for people whose opinions and beliefs are different from their own. Religious Education at Ghost Hill seeks to help the children acquire and develop knowledge and understanding of Christianity, alongside other principal religions. By using religious education to become culture experts, we hope to support the children’s ability to make reasoned and informed judgements about religious and moral issues and enhance their spiritual, moral, social and cultural development.
The principal religions studied at Ghost Hill are:
At Ghost Hill, we aim to provide a high quality Religious Education for all our pupils following the Hertfordshire Agreed Syllabus 2017-2022. The curriculum aims to enable the children to have the knowledge and understanding of sources of wisdom and their impact whilst exploring personal and critical responses. The children explore three key areas of study: Theology, Philosophy and Human and Social Sciences. We believe that children should be encouraged to have positive attitudes to diversity and difference so that they learn from an early age to value diversity in others and grow up making a positive contribution to society.
We also use ‘key questions’ in our provision. This supports the opportunity for precise teaching of religious education and promotes the opportunity to think and consider key concepts in an open way. At Ghost Hill Infant and Nursery School we choose to cover four religions, enhancing the expectations of the Norfolk Syllabus for RE (which expects Christianity plus one other). This is to further enhance and enrich their cultural and religious knowledge and therefore tolerance and their own induvial choice relating to religion.