Religious Education is central to the purpose of Tardebigge CE first school because as a church school we see that the Christian faith informs all aspects of our life together and commits us to a search for truth.
RE in Tardebigge CE first school explores how individuals and communities make meaning and sense of their lives through the major religions of the world. It enables pupils to know about, understand and respond to the important and ultimate questions of life. RE is taught in such a way that it inspires pupils to explore, develop and affirm their own faith and values and have respect for the faith, beliefs and values of others. It is not the practice of this school to preach to or seek to convert children. Values education permeates the RE curriculum at Tardebigge CE first school.
Specifically, RE aims to enable all children to:
1. develop knowledge and understanding of Christian beliefs and practices so that they understand the importance of the Bible, the role of the church and recognise that for Christians their faith provides a way of interpreting life and its meaning.
2. develop knowledge and understanding of the beliefs and practices of some of the other principal religions in Britain.
3. understand how belief may impact on culture, relationships, values and lifestyle.
4. understand how belief can be expressed in a variety of ways including art, dance, music, ritual celebration and in different cultural settings.
5. develop spiritually, morally, culturally and socially by helping them to reflect upon personal feelings, responses and relationships.
6. explore ways in which religious values and teaching have an impact on actions and decisions for people of faith
7. be supported in their own search for meaning and purpose in life.
8. develop a sense of awe, wonder and mystery.
9. explore concepts love, forgiveness and sacrifice.
10. develop skills of reflection, empathy, communication, analysis, investigation, interpretation, evaluation and synthesis
11. develop attitudes of respect, sensitivity, open mindedness and self-esteem.
Our staff use the Understanding Christianity project to support their teaching of Christianity. This is taught alongside the Worcestershire Agreed Syllabus for RE.
‘The key purpose of this project is to help all teachers support pupils in developing their own thinking and their understanding of Christianity, as a contribution to their understanding of the world and their own experience within it.
The aims of this work:
• To enable pupils to know about and understand Christianity as a living world faith, by exploring core theological concepts
• To enable pupils to develop knowledge and skills in making sense of biblical texts and understanding their impact in the lives of Christians
• To develop pupils’ abilities to connect, critically reflect upon, evaluate and apply their learning to their own growing understanding of religion and belief (particularly Christianity), of themselves, the world and human experience.’
For more information take a look at our RE policy by clicking below.