“God doesn’t require us to succeed; he only requires that you try” – Mother Teresa
Religious Education Intent
At Ann Edwards Primary, children are taught to be respectful of the beliefs, customs and practices of others. We believe it is vital for all our pupils to learn from and about religion, so that they can understand the world around them as well as feel a sense of belonging to the school and community in order to make a positive contribution to the wider world. As a Church School, we live out our values in everything we do, offering guidance through the teachings of Christ and moments of calm, stillness and reflection.
Through Religious Education, pupils will explore what people believe and what difference this makes to how they live, so that they can gain knowledge, understanding and skills needed to handle questions raised by religion and belief, reflecting on their ideas and ways of living. Our Religious Education curriculum is enhanced further with a rolling programme of visits to places of worship in our local area as well as inspiring visitors. We use the agreed Gloucestershire Religious Education syllabus as the basis for our spiral curriculum.
Following the principle aim of the Gloucestershire Agreed Syllabus which is a statutory document for the teaching of RE- The principal aim of religious education 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. Gloucestershire Agreed Syllabus for Religious Education 2017 – 2022
The overarching aim for RE in Ann Edwards School is to ensure that pupils learn from religions as well about religions.
- to develop an awareness of spiritual and moral issues arising in their lives;
- to develop knowledge and understanding of Christianity and other major world religions or value systems adhered to in the UK;
- to develop an understanding of what it means to be committed to a religious tradition;
- to be capable of reflecting on their own experiences, and of developing a personal response to the fundamental questions of life;
- to develop an understanding of religious traditions, and an appreciation of cultural differences in the UK today;
- to develop their investigative and research skills, in order to hold reasoned opinions on religious issues;
- to have respect for other people’s views, and hence to celebrate diversity in society.