Religious Education (RE)
In the Religious Education (RE) department at Fairley House, we have a transdisciplinary approach. RE is taught using a range of teaching strategies and multisensory activities.
We try to link the curriculum to all aspects of life and learning and endeavour to draw on the different experiences and backgrounds of our pupils. Some of the highlights include annual trips to: a synagogue, a local church, a Hindu mandir, a mosque, a Sikh temple (and gurdwara langar) and Lambeth Palace. The children explore the six major faiths: Christianity, Judaism, Islam, Sikhism, Buddhism and Hinduism, through physical artefacts, film, music, art and drama. Visitors are invited to the school to share their faith and answer pupils’ questions.
Linking to other areas of the curriculum enhances learning, by deepening thought and engagement. For instance, links may be made with:
PSHEE - citizenship, democracy and human rights
SMSC - spiritual, moral, social and cultural development
British values - mutual respect and tolerance
History - Greek / Roman - many gods versus one God
Art - creating stained glass windows, exploring architecture, rangoli patterns
Music and poetry - worship in religious services and contemporary musicians
Science - by comparing and contrasting views with religious beliefs
English - discussion, reading and writing
Drama - role play
Reflecting on inspirational heroes such as Nelson Mandela, Mother Teresa and Mahatma Gandhi, lively discussions ensue. Pupils are challenged by past and present events, such as 9/11, the slave trade, prejudices and bias, racialism and apartheid. All opinions and feelings are expressed openly and respectfully in a safe, non-threatening environment. We aim to motivate pupils to develop sound judgements and to make a difference in their own lives and in the lives of others.