As well as providing the children with the key knowledge and understanding of Christianity, Judaism, Islam, Hinduism, Sikhism and Buddhism, we also believe that religious education should enable pupils to become aware of religious aspects of life.
We teach our children to have respect and tolerance for others with different beliefs, practices and ways of living. We aim to nurture a safe environment for personal reflection and opportunities are provided to allow the children to explore their own feelings and beliefs (whether they are religious or non-religious), experiences and emotions as they investigate some of the puzzling questions of life.
Our Religious Studies curriculum is based on the National Curriculum objectives as set out by the Department for Education. It makes important contributions to other parts of the School curriculum such as, citizenship, personal, social, health and economic education (PSHE education), the humanities and education for sustainable development.
At The Buchan School we believe that it is important to encourage empathy, generosity and compassion within our children. Our curriculum prompts pupils to consider their responsibilities to themselves and to others. Religious education enables children to build their sense of identity and belonging whilst encouraging their spiritual and cultural development and the support of wider community cohesion.
The legal position of Religious Studies
Our School curriculum for Religious Studies meets the requirements of the Education Act (1996), the School Standards and Framework Act (1998) and the Education Act (2002). These require that Religious Education should be taught to all children. However parents are allowed to withdraw their child from Religious Education classes if they so wish. This should only be done once the parents have given written notice to the Headteacher and School Governors. If a child is not to participate in the lesson he/she will go to a parallel class where Religious Studies is not being taught.