At Tewkesbury CofE Primary School, children are taught Religious Education once a week in their classes as a core subject for all pupils. We believe that children need to be well informed about the core beliefs of different world religions. Non-religious belief is also taught alongside the beliefs of Christians, Jews, Muslims and Hindus.
We offer an open, enquiry based approach to RE that is suitable for pupils who have a religious faith of their own as well as for those who have no religious faith.
We teach the 2017 Gloucestershire Agreed Syllabus which incorporates the Understanding Christianity resources. Both resources offer a clear, coherent approach to understanding the core beliefs of religions.
The syllabus retains its emphasis on RE contributing to the personal development of pupils. RE is not simply about gaining knowledge and understanding about religions and beliefs. It helps pupils to develop their own understanding of the world and how to live in the light of their learning. It also makes a significant contribution to pupils’ spiritual, moral, social and cultural development, as well as important opportunities for exploring British Values.
Children have many opportunities throughout the year to engage in activities run by local churches and organisations. These not only contribute to the children’s learning but also give children opportunities to have fun, reflect and consider how faith affects the world in which we live. Operation Bible, Exploring Christmas and Prayer Space are examples of the activities the children will be involved in.
There is an increased emphasis on helping pupils to develop a coherent understanding of several religions, by studying one religion at a time before bringing together and comparing different traditions (thematic study). The thematic study allows pupils to draw together their learning each year.
Clarity about identifiable core concepts of religions and beliefs helps children to understand how beliefs and practices connect, so that pupils are able to build effectively on prior learning as they progress through the school.