According to the R.E. Council
‘the ability to understand the faith or belief of individuals and communities and how these may shape their culture or behaviour, is an invaluable asset for children in modern day Britain.’
At Timbertree Academy, we know this is essential with our focus placed on children becoming confident individuals, successful learners and responsible citizens who recognise the importance of mutual respect and understanding of their community and the world around them. We recognise that children must be guided to develop this and in turn the tolerance of others and R.E. is a key area of the curriculum in which this can be achieved..
As a school, we follow the Discovery RE scheme of learning. Discovery RE follows an enquiry-based model which enables children to make links between their own experiences and the teachings of different religions as well as the opportunity to develop their critical thinking skills and expand their empathy for people and their beliefs.
Our aim through RE is to foster an enquiring nature and allow children to make their own informed decisions about religion, take part in well-balanced discussions, consider and evaluate positions they encounter and carry their understanding forward into the wider world. R.E lessons are progressive year on year giving children the opportunity to build on their prior learning and make connections between religions.
‘RE does not try to persuade but rather to inform and develop the skills with which evaluation can take place.’ – Discovery RE.