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Religious Education Curriculum 2020-2021

 Head of Department: Mrs. M. Timberlake
Email address: mtimberlake@gilbertinglefield.com

Why study RE?

Even if we think that we do not believe in any religion, and that it is nothing to do with us, nevertheless, it affects a great many aspects of our everyday lives, wherever we live. Religious belief has been with humanity since the very beginning. It is an attempt to explain those things for which we do not otherwise have an answer: why are we born, why do we suffer, what happens to us when we die? Religion can be considered the most important influence on the lives of everyone in the world.

Studying RE leads to:

  • An understanding of where people’s beliefs come from
  • An understanding of why people view the world differently
  • An examination of the fundamental questions of life
  • The weighing up of different beliefs, opinions, and experiences
  • The working out of our own views about how to live our lives
  • The ability to relate the beliefs, values, and experiences of others to our own experience of life

 We follow the Bedfordshire Agreed Syllabus (2018-2023) and try to (where possible) make links with other curriculum.

Where possible in the curriculum, visits and visitors enhance the learning experience for our pupils: this will depend on Government guidance in the academic year of 2020-2021.

To ensure a successful post-lockdown recovery curriculum, some topics are being run simultaneously for both year groups in a Key Stage. This is to ensure adequate curriculum coverage and lessons will be adapted to suit the differing attainment levels of the children.

Year 5

  • Creation and Science in Christianity: Conflicting or complementary?
  • How is faith expressed in Islam?
  • Justice and Poverty
  • Hinduism

Year 6

  • Buddhism
  • How is faith expressed in Islam? (2020 only)
  • What did Jesus do to save people?

Year 7

  • How are Sikh teachings on equality and service put into practice today?
  • How do Christians put their faith into action?
  • Should Christians be greener than everyone else?
  • Why don’t Hindus want to be reincarnated and what do they do about it?

Year 8

  • Core and diverse Islam: what is universal and what is different?
  • How do Christians put their faith into action? (2020-2021 only)
  • Should Christians be greener than everyone else? (2020-2021 only)
  • What makes people inspirational to others?