At Aldryngton, we believe that children should acquire both the knowledge and understanding of Christianity, other principal religions and worldviews represented in Britain.
We follow the Pan-Berkshire Agreed Syllabus for Religious Education 2018-2023. It is the locally agreed syllabus which forms the foundation of Religious Education in maintained schools. The purpose of RE is to promote religious literacy. Religious literacy requires pupils to gain knowledge and understanding of a range of religions and worldviews and to use that knowledge to engage in informed and balanced conversations about religions and beliefs. In addition to learning about religions and worldviews, RE offers our pupils the chance to develop spiritually, morally, socially and culturally and to reflect on their own beliefs, being able to be discerning about the many attitudes and opinions they will encounter.
The non-statutory National Curriculum Framework for RE states that pupils should:
· Know about and understand a range of religions and worldviews
· Express ideas and insights about the nature, significance and impact of religions and world views
· Gain and deploy the skills needed to engage seriously with religions and worldviews.
To achieve these aims, RE provokes challenging questions about meaning, purpose and beliefs about God, issues of right and wrong and what it means to be human.
RE plays an important role in preparing pupils for life in the modern world, and should enable them to flourish as citizens in a pluralistic, global society.
The Pan-Berkshire syllabus is based on “big questions” and links between three strands of “Belonging, Believing and Behaving.