Religious Education Intent
At Meath School, pupils and staff are linked to many parts of the world and come from a wide range of faith groups. We learn about all the major religions, visit Places of Worship, and invite guest speakers from the local faith communities to talk about their faith.
At Meath experiential learning is a key tool for our children to grow a deeper understanding, therefore we have a greater emphasis on religious festivals. These experiences enable our children to make links and deepen their understanding of world faiths. Religious Education ( R.E.) lessons are also supported by our assembly themes to celebrate religious festivals and celebrations.
We celebrate diversity and offer a welcoming and inclusive environment, for all our pupils and families. Our R.E. curriculum provides an opportunity to celebrate and foster awareness of these differences at the school and in the wider world. We also promote the spiritual, moral, social and cultural (SMSC) development of our pupils and of the whole school community.
The local authority agreed syllabus is used as the basis for planning religious education and in addition we make links to the celebration of the major religious festivals, including Christmas, Eid, Hanuka, Diwali and Guru Nanak’s Birthday.
As part of our school and community values we emphasise tolerance, respect and understanding as a significant aspect of the teaching of major world faiths and beliefs, including those without a faith, in Modern Britain and the world.Our pupils learn to consider the value of wisdom from different sources, to develop and express their insights in response, and to agree or disagree respectfully. Our teaching equips pupils with systematic knowledge and understanding of a range of beliefs and practices, enabling them to develop their ideas, values and identities.
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