At Meath School we instil a culture of acceptance and respect for every single person in our entire community. Throughout all of daily interactions we make them aware of the importance of being an individual that is recognised, listened to and valued.
Through our Religious Education (R.E.) curriculum we introduce our community to religions and cultures of the world working with SACRE to amend accordingly. R.E. has an important part in exposing the children to the idea that many people gain from a faith in something ‘beyond’ the everyday. Through this we aim for our children to experience a sense of awe and wonder that inspires them in their daily lives.
At Meath School we learn about all major religions, visit places of worship and invite guest speakers from local faith communities to talk about their faith. Our children learn best from experiential learning and we therefore have a greater emphasis on religious festivals and celebrations. These experiences enable our children to make links and deepen their understanding of world faiths. R.E. lessons are also supported by our assembly themes.
Aims for our pupils at Meath:
- demonstrate an appreciation of the nature of religion and belief and the important contribution of religious and spiritual insights and values to the individual’s search for meaning in life, whilst acknowledging that this may also come from a non-religious perspective
- develop knowledge and understanding of Christianity, and of the other principal religions and beliefs represented in Great Britain, both through their history and their contemporary diverse expressions
- develop interest in and enthusiasm for the study of religion & beliefs and enhance their own spiritual, moral, social and cultural development
- develop the ability to make reasoned, informed and creative responses to religious and moral issues
- recognise the influence of beliefs, values and traditions on the individual, on culture and on communities throughout the world
- provide opportunities to promote spiritual, moral, social and cultural development by being reflective about their own beliefs (religious or otherwise) and how these inform their views on life and living, understanding the consequences of behaviours and actions, developing social skills in different contexts and explore and respond to a range of cultural influences on their own and others’ lives