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Religious Education


“A little knowledge removes a lot of ignorance.” Imam Ali (as)


Religion and beliefs inform our values and are reflected in what we say and how we behave. RE is an important subject in itself, developing an individual’s knowledge and understanding of the religions and beliefs which form part of contemporary society. Religious education provokes challenging questions about the ultimate meaning and purpose of life, beliefs about God, the self and the nature of reality, issues of right and wrong, and what it means to be human. (Department for Children, Schools and Families)


At St Thomas’ Federation, Religious Education is a core subject viewed through the lens of theology, sociology and  philosophy which promotes:


  1. A knowledge of Christianity; its stories, traditions, festivals, worship and teachings
  2. An awareness of life’s spiritual dimension
  3. A sense of Christian morality; explored through our Christian values
  4. A knowledge and understanding  of and respect for multiple faiths and belief systems.

Through the above, we aim to help children to:


  • develop an awareness of spiritual and moral issues in their own and other's life experiences.
  • develop knowledge, understanding and respect for the range of religions and cultural differences found locally, nationally and internationally.
  • develop an understanding of what it means to be committed to a religious tradition.
  • develop investigative processes and research skills to enable them to make reasoned judgements about religious issues.


Proverbs 18:15

An intelligent heart acquires knowledge, and the ear of the wise seeks knowledge.