We believe that R.E. both supports and strengthens what we aim to do in every aspect of school life. Our caring ethos and the value which we place on the development of the whole child – spiritually, morally, socially, culturally and intellectually – is reflected in the R.E. curriculum. R.E. at our school aims to enable pupils of whatever ability and level of development to:
- acquire and develop knowledge and understanding of principal world faiths practised in Great Britain. These include Buddhism, Christianity, Hinduism, Islam, Judaism and Sikhism, each of which is represented in Hertfordshire;
- develop an understanding of the influence of beliefs, values and traditions on individuals, communities, societies and cultures;
- develop the ability to make reasoned and informed judgements about religious and moral issues with reference to the teachings of the principal religions
- enhance their own spiritual, moral, cultural and social development by:a) developing awareness of the fundamental questions of life arising from human experiences and how religious beliefs and practices can relate to them; b) responding to the fundamental questions of life in the light of their experience and with reference to religious beliefs and practices; c) reflecting on their own beliefs, values and experiences in the light of their study; d) expressing their own personal viewpoints in a thoughtful, reasoned and considerate way;
- recognise the right of people to hold different beliefs within a religiously diverse society.
At Manland, we have enjoyed our lessons covering all of the major world faiths. Year 5 recently attended an exhibition run by volunteers from the Jewish faith. They shared their experiences of their faith in daily life and also how they celebrate. Year 6 are looking forward to their upcoming visit to a Buddhist temple.