Religious Studies

Aims & Objectives

‘Religious Studies will support children and young people in reflecting upon, developing and affirming their own beliefs, values and attitudes, through an exploration of shared human experiences and of the place and significance of religion in the contemporary world.’

Religious Studies is taught throughout the school in such a way as to reflect the overall aims, values and philosophy of the school.

The Spiritual Moral, Social and Cultural Development of Children:

The 1988 Education Reform Act requires schools to ‘promote the spiritual, moral and cultural development of pupils at the school and in society’ (paragraph 1:2) through the provision of a broad and balanced curriculum. Although schools are not specifically required to promote the social development of pupils, it is very much a feature of the life and work of pupils.

At Sunningdale, Religious Studies and Religious Education plays an important role, along with all other curriculum areas in promoting the spiritual, moral, social and cultural development of our children.

Topic Areas

The following religions and topics have been selected for study:

  • Christianity
  • Judeo-Christian history
  • Contemporary moral issues
  • Other world faiths

As Christianity is the predominant religion in both the school's pupil population and in the community surrounding the school, there is a particular focus on the study of that religion.