This is an important part of the curriculum at Pownall Hall School. A carefully planned programme, which includes a multi-faith element, is taught to all of our children. We aim to teach a wide range of concepts, skills and attitudes, which encourage children to ask searching questions and to develop open and tolerant minds. We encourage our children to gain self-understanding, to explore relationships with others and to consider the place of the individual within the local community and the wider world. This is achieved in classroom-based lessons as well as through whole-school activities, Pownall + Topics, themed days, workshops and assemblies.
At all stages in the school the pupils study world religions and belief systems as well as identifying important ethics and values. We highlight the similarities between religions and beliefs rather than the differences so that children are first able to relate to them, before reflecting on their own. Through the teaching of R.E. children will develop an understanding and respect for different beliefs, religions, values and traditions, whilst increasing their awareness of spiritual and moral issues through life experiences. People representing their beliefs and religions visit the school to lead assemblies and to hold various workshops and a range of festivals and events including the Christian, Hindu, Islamic, and Judaic faiths are acknowledged. Visits to places of worship are also arranged for each year during the child’s time at school.