At Bentley West Primary School we aim to deliver a broad programme of learning, supported by Walsall SACRE, which allows children to develop and extend their knowledge and understanding of not only Christianity, but religious traditions, beliefs and practices from all major world faiths. Children are encouraged to use this understanding to help inform their responses to fundamental questions. Children are encouraged to reflect upon what it means to have a faith and consider their own beliefs.
In RE pupils have opportunities to develop their own personal worldviews. RE is not about making pupils into believers but instead seeks to help them become literate and articulate about religions and beliefs, and to be thoughtful members of a plural society, so that in learning from religion they are able to make informed choices about how they want to live their lives whilst also understanding more about the faiths and beliefs of other people they meet. As such, it is relevant to every pupil and every citizen of Walsall, and makes a contribution to community harmony.
The aim of Religious Education in Walsall is that pupils will know about and understand a range of religions and worldviews. They will express ideas and insights of their own into the significant human questions which religions address, gaining and deploying the skills needed to study religion.