The teaching of RE at Toner Avenue School should provide children with opportunities to widen their experiences of life and enhance their feeling of self-worth. It should encourage them, through enquiry based learning, to ask questions about the world they live in. The teaching of RE should motivate children to consider their role within the wider world as part of a diverse society and enable them to live as responsible young people who are able to make a difference.
At Toner Avenue School, RE is based on 3 main elements:
- Knowledge and understanding of religion
- Critical thinking
- Personal reflection
Knowledge and understanding of religion
This is about what religion is and the impact it has for individuals and communities. It involves investigation of and enquiry into the nature of religion and beliefs.
Pupils will develop their knowledge and understanding of individual religions and distinctive religious traditions, and apply this to considering ways in which religions are similar to and different from each other. Older students will be able to connect significant features of religion together in a coherent pattern. All pupils will enquire into ultimate questions and ethical issues through their study of religious traditions.
Critical thinking requires pupils to use reason to analyse and evaluate the claims that religions make. Through learning in this way pupils have the opportunity to give opinions, support their ideas with reason, consider alternative arguments, weigh up evidence and listen to and respond to the views of others, so developing the ability to articulate their own views and form their own opinions. Critical thinking requires pupils to be open minded and to value different types of reasoning including intuition e.g. the many differing reasons why people might hold onto a religious faith.
This develops pupils’ ability to reflect on religion in relation to their own beliefs, values and experiences and the influence of these on their daily life, attitudes and actions. Personal evaluation is introspective, subjective and private. Pupils can make personal progress through reflection, empathy, developing respect and appreciation of others.
Please see below our Religious Education and Skills overviews for each year group.