RE. Christians and Humanists
The investigation implements the principal aim of RE, which is to engage pupils in systematic enquiry into significant human questions which religion and worldviews address and builds on the units studied to date, so that they can develop the understanding and skills needed to appreciate and appraise varied responses to these questions, as well as develop responses of their own.
This investigation enables pupils to learn in depth from Christianity and from Humanism, a non-religious way of life. If it is pupils’ first encounter with Humanism, then teaching will need to secure their understanding of what a non-religious way of life means, both similar to and different from Christianity. The place of Humanism in RE as a very visible example of a non-religious worldview and should be taught positively: not about what Humanists don’t believe in, but about living this life with integrity in ways that are good and truthful.