Religious Education contributes to the spiritual, moral, social and cultural development of all of pupils. At Hillbrook, we provide RE for all children from our youngest learners through to Year 6. We develop the children’s knowledge and understanding of the world’s major faiths, especially those represented in our school community. We believe that through the teaching of Religious Education (RE) we promote a rooted mutual respect for and tolerance of those with different faiths and beliefs and for those without faith. Religious education promotes challenging questions around the meaning of life, issues of right and wrong, beliefs and what it means to be human.
The UK has a rich and diverse heritage and in an era of globalisation and an increasingly interdependent world it’s vital that our students are able to reflect and nurture a crucial part of their culture and identity. We know that religion is an important area for many of our families and adds to the rich diversity of our community that we celebrate. We believe that religious education promotes critical thinking which will enable the children to question, evaluate and make their own judgements in later life.
I am one of the Religious Education leaders here at Hillbrook as well as being Head of Year 2 and a class based teacher. I studied Philosophy and Ethics and think that asking questions in order to better understand someone else’s life is essential to happy, healthy communities.
Religious Education offers children opportunities to understand the diverse beliefs and opinions held by people today, something that I think is critical in a wonderfully multicultural school like Hillbrook.
I am passionate about giving children the tools to grow as valued members of our community, who understand and listen to others, responding thoughtfully and respectfully. I am proud that Hillbrook’s Religious Education teaches children to value themselves and the communities within which they live.
Miss Gittings –Religious Education subject leader
I work alongside Miss Gittings to lead the teaching and learning of Religious Education at Hillbrook. I am passionate about the subject and have a GCSE and A Level in Religious Studies! I believe that Religious Education helps to develop children’s questioning and understanding of the world in which they live in. It creates awareness and helps children to understand people’s different religions, cultures, beliefs and practices.
Children should be equipped with sufficient knowledge and opportunities to develop an understanding of their personal beliefs and views, thus creating a safe space to discuss current issues and global affairs from their own perspectives. In tackling difficult questions, Children are equipped to begin challenging stereotypes, promote cohesion, and tackle extremism.
Ms Alexander-McIntosh- Religious Education Subject Leader