Religious Education – Mrs H. Howlett

At Cotteridge we believe that the teaching of Religious Education helps to develop a child’s character and to understand the world in which they live. At our school we follow the Birmingham Local Agreed Syllabus. This means that our curriculum is reflective of the diverse and dynamic religions in our city. The teaching of Religious Education is fun and engaging in order to deepen the children’s understanding of faith and belief.

Across the school the children are taught to explore their own ideas of faith and belief and then make connections between these and the many religions they learn about. The learning is based around 24 moral and spiritual dispositions (all of which are deemed important by different faiths across the city) which give the children an opportunity to evaluate what they think and discuss with others about different ideas before learning from different faiths about these particular dispositions. Many of the activities we engage in are role-play, hot seating and creating religious stories. We use the Internet, visit places of worship and invite people to speak about their faith. The children are also given an in-depth understanding of religious traditions which prepares them for their future encounters as they live in a diverse world.

The children are taught about Christianity, its beliefs and customs, as well as studying Judaism, Islam, Hinduism and Buddhism.

As a Unicef Rights Respecting school, we encourage our children to talk about their own beliefs and to be respectful to the beliefs and practices of others. We closely link many lessons to our multicultural society and British values.