Religious Education

Our Curriculum Approach

At Tyndale Community School, Religious Education offers distinctive opportunities to promote SMCS and offer a structured and safe space in which children reflect, discuss, dialogue and debate. Our curriculum teaching is supported by the Discovery RE scheme of work but also allows for timely and sensitive response to be made to unforeseen events of religious, moral or philosophical nature, whether local, national or global.

In most cases RE is taught as a separate subject which is taught through discreet sessions. Occasionally RE at Tyndale is taught through ‘drop‐down days’ in conjunction with our values which focus on whole‐curriculum concepts such as fellowship, identity, truth and community. RE at Tyndale is flexible enough to meet the planning and learning needs of the school and ensures that pupils' learning, progression and assessment are clear and teachers can report on progress and attainment in RE.

As a school with a religious character we prioritise learning about and from Christianity, but at our core we recognise the diversity of the UK and the importance of learning about its religions and worldviews, including those with a significant local presence.

As a school, we choose to follow the Oxfordshire Agree Syllabus for RE and use Discovery RE as a starting point for our lesson planning.

Purpose of Study

Religion and beliefs inform our values and are reflected in what we say and how we behave. RE is an important subject in itself, developing an individual’s knowledge and understanding of the religions and beliefs which form part of contemporary society.

Religious education provokes challenging questions about the ultimate meaning and purpose of life, beliefs about God, the self and the nature of reality, issues of right and wrong, and what it means to be human. It can develop pupils’ knowledge and understanding of Christianity, of other principal religions, other religious traditions and world views that offer answers to questions such as these.

RE also contributes to pupils’ personal development and well-being and to community cohesion by promoting mutual respect and tolerance in a diverse society. It offers opportunities for personal reflection and spiritual development, deepening the understanding of the significance of religion in the lives of others – individually, communally and cross-culturally.

Aims

The Oxfordshire Agreed Syllabus for Religious Education aims to ensure that all pupils:

  • understand the nature, role and influence of different religions, traditions, beliefs and lifestyles in the world

  • pursue personal quest for meaning, purpose and value

  • formulate reasoned opinions and arguments in relation to controversial issues and truth claims

  • develop understanding of and respect for different beliefs and lifestyles

Mrs Angelina Abayateye


Here's what your child will learn

RE Yearly Overview