Aylward is a large suburban primary school in the religiously and culturally diverse borough of Harrow. We are proud that this borough represents so many different faiths and our school sits amongst many varied places of worship. Harrow is fortunate to be home to other faiths that pupils may not be familiar with and we take pride in learning about these faiths (Zoroastrianism and Jainism). The population of the London Borough of Harrow is one of the most diverse in this country.
We recognise the variety of religious and non- religious backgrounds from which our pupils and we are sensitive to the home background of each child and we welcome the diversity of their beliefs.
We are glad to have the support of St John’s Church and they provide us with opportunities to visit the church and come into school to help with assemblies and faith days.
The content of RE at Aylward reflects the fact that religious traditions in Great Britain are in the main Christian, while taking account of the teaching and practises of other principle religions and non-faith belief systems (for example Humanism). The aim is for RE to be educational in the true sense of the word, developing in children an understanding of the various, different types of belief and how these affect other individuals and society in general.
RE is taught in accordance with the locally agreed syllabus for Harrow and the aim of Religious Education in the London Borough of Harrow is to help children and young people to learn about and learn from religious and spiritual insights, beliefs and practices and to be able to:
• Acquire and develop knowledge and understanding of Christianity and the other principal religions represented in the United Kingdom;
• Develop an understanding of the influence of beliefs, values and traditions on individuals, communities, societies and cultures, from the local to the global;
• Develop the ability to make reasoned and informed judgements about religious and moral issues, with reference to the teachings of the principal religions represented in the UK;
• Enhance their spiritual, moral, social and cultural development by:
- developing awareness of the fundamental questions of life raised by human experiences and how religious teachings and beliefs can relate to them;
-responding to questions with reference to the teachings and practises of religions and other belief systems, relating them to their own understanding and experience;
- reflecting on their own beliefs, values and experiences in the light of their study.
• Develop positive attitudes of respect towards other people who hold views and beliefs different from their own, and towards a society of diverse religions and beliefs.