The purpose for Religious Education in Toddington St George school is to give the children opportunities to ask and answer provoking and challenging questions – ‘Big Questions’ about the purpose of life, beliefs and thoughts about God, right and wrong and what it means to be human.
Religious Education will give opportunities for children to explore topics that will engage, inspire, challenge and encourage them to think about how and why people follow different religious beliefs. This will lead them to think about the impact that beliefs held have on the lives of believers and how this in turn influences the way they interact with people and the world around them. The children will begin to gain and use the skills needed to understand, interpret and evaluate texts, sources of wisdom and other evidence. It will also allow children the opportunity to explore their own thoughts and feelings about beliefs and the ability to articulate these clearly, whilst learning to respect the right of others to hold different beliefs.
RE is underpinned by our Christian values Love; Respect; Perseverance and Thankfulness which weave a golden thread through all our learning at St George’s. We follow the Agreed Syllabus for Bedford Borough, Central Bedfordshire and Luton and the learning is enhanced by linking in the Understanding Christianity scheme of work. The Religious Education curriculum will help to develop responsibility and respect for all aspects of diversity, whether it be social, cultural or religious, and prepare pupils well for life in modern Britain.
“The principal aim of RE is to explore what people believe and what difference this makes to how they live, so that pupils can gain the knowledge, understanding and skills needed to handle questions raised by religion and belief, reflecting on their own ideas and ways of living.”
(The Agreed Syllabus for Bedford Borough, Central Bedfordshire and Luton)
‘All children need to acquire core knowledge and understanding of the beliefs and practices of the religions and worldviews which not only shape their history and culture but which guide their own development. The modern world needs young people who are sufficiently confident in their own beliefs and values that they can respect the religious and cultural differences of others, and contribute to a cohesive and compassionate society.’
(The Right Hon, Michael Gove, former Secretary of State for Education, 2013 RE Review and new ‘non-statutory’ National Curriculum Framework for RE)
’Religions are different roads converging to the same point. What does it matter that we take different roads as long as we reach the same goal? In reality, there are as many different religions as there are individuals’ (Mahatma Gandhi)