Religious Education is concerned with spiritual growth, with feelings and attitudes such as respect, care and concern, a commitment to a set of values to live by, considering the views of others, respecting those that hold different beliefs and customs, developing a sense of self worth, and a desire to seek after truth.
At Manor Park, children, parents and staff hold a wide variety of beliefs and values, but there are common shared values that are of worth and relevance. It is these we seek to reflect and celebrate.
Religious Education at Manor Park provides educational experiences, which will enhance pupils understanding and enable them to acquire and develop knowledge of Christianity, Islam, Judaism, Hinduism, and Sikhism and an awareness of other principal religions reflected in the school community.
We help children gain an understanding of the influence of beliefs, values and traditions on the way people live so that they can have reasoned and informed attitudes to religious and moral issues and show positive attitudes towards others as they live in a religiously diverse society.
Each year group has an annual Big Question to aid pupils in covering the AT2 - Reflection and Response objectives.
Year 1: Looking at me, looking at you - what makes us special?
Year 2: Questions, questions - What are the Big Questions?
Year 3: Remembering - Why remember?
Year 4: Our World - What do religions teach about caring for our world?
Year 5: Faith in action - What inspires people to follow a faith and what is the cost?
Year 6: Justice and freedom - Is it fair?
The remaining terms or half terms focus on up to 3 religions per year group taken from the Sutton SACRE Scheme of Learning. The amount of time spent on each religion across the school reflects the school community. Each Key Stage covers both Christmas and Easter from a Christian perspective in different year groups and a number of different religious festivals are also covered throughout. Most religions are taught in both Key Stage 1 and Key Stage 2 with clear progression of skills and knowledge. The children experience a trip or workshop for each of the six main religions at least once during their time at school.