The nature of Religious Education (RE) is to develop knowledge and understanding of various religions and world views.
RE at Harris Academy Battersea contributes to the school curriculum by developing knowledge and understanding of religion, religious beliefs, religious practices, religious language, religious tradition and the influence religion has on individuals, communities, society and cultures.
RE gives students the opportunity to reflect and contemplate questions relating to their own personal moral and spiritual development. With so much information about religion that is either false or lacking proper context in society, RE brings accurate knowledge and proper context to religions so that student will be able to articulate a mature and sensitive understanding of each one and their value in the world.
Academic studies are shaped in such a way to allow students to develop their understanding of religion but also to reflect upon what it means to have faith and to be spiritual.
RE also contributes to pupils’ personal development and well-being and to community cohesion across the school as well as the wider societies in which we live, so promoting mutual respect and tolerance.
RE at HABS also makes an important contribution to other parts of the school curriculum such as citizenship, SMSC (spiritual, moral, social and cultural education), the humanities, education for sustainable development and others. It offers opportunities for personal reflection and spiritual development, deepening the understanding of the significance of religion in the lives of others – individually, communally and cross-culturally in order to foster empathy and understanding.
Further details of the curriculum can be downloaded below.