Religious and Personal Studies
The religious and personal studies curriculum is a planned, developmental programme of learning through which children and young people acquire the knowledge, understanding and skills they need to manage their lives now and in the future. The curriculum develops the qualities and attributes pupils need to thrive as individuals, family members and members of society. Religious and personal studies lessons give pupils the opportunity to live healthy, safe, productive, capable, responsible and balanced lives. A critical component of religious and personal studies is providing opportunities for young people to reflect on and clarify their own values and attitudes whilst exploring the complex and sometimes conflicting range of values and attitudes they encounter.
In summary, the religious and personal studies curriculum:
- Exposes pupils to accurate, balanced and relevant powerful knowledge that is essential to building their understanding of how to safeguard themselves.
- Provides pupils with the opportunity to reflect, widen and alter their thought processes following exposure to the best of what’s thought and said.
- Is strategically sequenced to ensure that the pupils’ knowledge and understanding of health and wellbeing, relationships and living in the wider world is secure and builds in complexity and challenge throughout their learning journey.
- Provides opportunities for pupils to explore, clarify and if necessary challenge, their own and others’ values, attitudes, beliefs, rights and responsibilities therefore taking them beyond their experience.
- Supports pupils to become vocabulary rich by encouraging them to communicate constructively in a variety of situations.
- Encourages social mobility by removing many of the barriers to learning experienced by pupils, significantly improving their capacity to learn.
- Supports pupils to become successful future citizens by developing an understanding of themselves, empathy and the ability to work with others so they can maintain good relationships, develop the essential skills for future employability and better enjoy and manage their lives.