The importance of Religious Education for children cannot be underestimated. It is the primary source for children to build a bank of knowledge of religions that they will encounter on a daily basis. The UK is a country of tolerance, where a variety of religions come together to live in harmony. Despite this, there are still large gaps of knowledge about specific religions that can sometimes be the source of religious disagreements. Religious Education at school provides children with the opportunities to have misconceptions about religion dispelled and it allows children to feel comfortable with those that practice religions different to their own.
Our aim at Fairchildes is to provide children with the knowledge of other religions to help them feel comfortable and thrive in a community that contains a rich abundance of different cultures and religions. I strongly believe that giving our children knowledge of other religions, will help develop their own understanding of faith and remove some ignorance that may come without knowledge.
examples of children's work from ks1 and ks2
RE Trips and Visitors
- Frequent visits to our local church, St Edwards, including attending major services eg. Christingle, Patronal festival.
- Weekly visits to help the St Edwards ladies make sandwiches for the homeless.
- Fortnightly visits to help at The Vine Foodbank run by the Salvation Army.
- Visits to Southwark Cathedral
- All Saints Church
- Talks and visits from members of the main religions studied to discuss daily life.
- Cooking sessions - importance of food in religious ceremonies.
- Diwali dance teacher