Islamic Studies (Religious Education)
purpose of study
Religion and beliefs inform our values and are reflected in what we say and
how we behave. RE is an important subject in itself, developing an individual’s
knowledge and understanding of the religions and beliefs which form part of
Religious education provokes challenging questions about the ultimate
meaning and purpose of life, beliefs about God, the self, and the nature of
reality, issues of right and wrong, and what it means to be human. It can
develop pupils’ knowledge and understanding of Islam, of other principal
religions, other religious traditions, and worldviews that offer answers to
questions such as these.
RE also contributes to pupils’ personal development and well-being and to
community cohesion by promoting mutual respect and tolerance in a diverse
society and world.
RE subject matter gives particular opportunities to promote an ethos of respect for others, challenge stereotypes, and build understanding of other cultures and beliefs. This contributes to promoting a positive and inclusive school ethos that champions democratic values and human rights.
In summary, religious education for children and young people:
- provokes challenging questions about the meaning and purpose of life, beliefs, the self, issues of right and wrong, and what it means to be human.
- enables pupils to build their sense of identity and belonging
- teaches pupils to develop respect for others
- prompts 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.
End of year expectation
By the end of each key stage, pupils are expected to know, apply and understand the matters, skills and processes specified in the relevant programme of study.