“Religion is one tree with many branches. As branches, you may say, religions are many, but as a tree, religion is only one.”
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 encourages pupils to learn from different religions, beliefs, values and traditions while exploring their own beliefs and questions of meaning.
Religious Education at Tilston makes a distinctive contribution to pupils’ learning by enabling them to reflect upon themselves as whole people, experiencing life through the body, the mind and the spirit. The purpose of Religious Education is to help pupils understand the significance of religion and its contribution to their spiritual, moral, social and cultural development.
An essential part of the curriculum, religious education should be relevant, worthwhile and accessible to all. It should express that all pupils are loved and valued by God as part of creation. We aim to help the children in our school to respect themselves and to be sensitive to the needs of others.
Through religious education, we would like the children at Tilston to know and understand more about other people’s culture, values and beliefs, and with that understanding to see what people have in common and the ties that bind us together. Through this understanding, we hope to send our children on their journey through life without prejudice or discrimination, and as children who are able to welcome difference and embrace the beauty of our diverse world.