Tewin Cowper

CofE Primary School

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Religious Education

Aims and objectives

Religious education enables children to investigate and reflect on some of the most fundamental questions asked by people. At Tewin Cowper CE School we develop the children’s knowledge and understanding of the major world faiths, and we address fundamental questions concerning, for example, the meaning of life and the existence of a divine spirit. We enable children to develop a sound knowledge not only of Christianity but also of other world religions, especially those that are the main faiths of children within our school. Children reflect on what it means to have a faith and to develop their own spiritual knowledge and understanding. We help the children learn from religions as well as about religions.


At Tewin Cowper school we celebrate our links with our Parish Church of St Peter’s and seek always to strengthen them. We enjoy regular services which take place in the church, which celebrate some of the main events and festivals of the Christian calendar. As well as parents and governors, members of the congregation and our village community are invited to join us in these acts of worship. Services are led by the pupils themselves in order to enhance their sense of belonging. A member of the church team leads worship once a week and will assist staff in planning and delivering workshops which take place at the church. Staff and pupils benefit from good relations with our vicar from whom they can draw spiritual strength, and support and advice on Christian theology and doctrines.


The objectives of teaching religious education in our school are to help children:

• develop an awareness of Christian spiritual and moral issues arising in their lives;

• develop knowledge and understanding of Christianity and encourage a sensitivity towards other major world religions and value systems found in Britain;

• develop an understanding of what it means to be committed to a religious tradition;

• be able to reflect on their own experiences and to develop a personal response to the fundamental questions of life;

• develop an understanding of religious traditions and to appreciate the cultural differences in Britain today; • develop investigative and research skills, and make reasoned judgements about religious issues;

• have respect for other people’s views, and celebrate the diversity in society