At Whitefield Infant School the RE curriculum ensures children develop understanding, respect tolerance for other religious beliefs. We believe that it is vital for all our pupils to learn about different religions, so that they can understand the world around them.
Through Religious Education, pupils develop their knowledge of faiths around the world, and their understanding and awareness of the beliefs, values and traditions of other individuals, societies, communities and cultures. Our Religious Education curriculum is enhanced further with visits to places of worship in our local area and beyond.
Religious Education is provided for all children as part of the curriculum and is taught in accordance with the Lancashire Agreed Syllabus for Religious Education.
R.E lessons offer a chance for children to explore beliefs and practices of 5 major world faiths. Visits to places of worship, handling artefacts and visits from practising members of different faiths enhance children’s understanding of our society, while developing their understanding, tolerance and respect for the beliefs of others.
R.E. is a large part of SMSC and it is through RE that we examine spiritual beliefs from around the world including those of the children and their families.
We hope to give the children more understanding through displays, visits, lessons and discussions.
We believe by encouraging the children to ask questions about what they see and hear that this enables them to be active independent learners.
What is a Harvest Festival?
Harvest festival is a celebration of the food that is grown on the land. In Britain, harvest festivals are often celebrated in churches and schools. Often food is collected to share with others who are less fortunate.
In Britain, harvest festivals are held around the time of the harvest moon. This is usually in September, although sometimes it is in October.
We celebrated Harvest festival in our school. We gave thanks for the crops, which have been safely harvested. We thought about how much food we have compared with other children in the world.
Time for reflection
We closed our eyes and thought about a time when we were hungry and thought about the children in the world who often feel like that.
The food that the children and staff have brought in will be donated to our local food bank, to help those people who are less fortunate than us.
Diwali is the five-day festival of lights, celebrated by millions of Hindus, Sikhs and Jains across the world. Diwali, which for some also coincides with harvest and New Year celebrations, is a festival of new beginnings and the triumph of good over evil, and light over darkness.
The word Diwali comes from the Sanskrit word deepavali, meaning "rows of lighted lamps".
Hindus celebrate the return of deities Rama and Sita to Ayodhya after their 14-year exile. They also celebrate the day Mother Goddess Durga destroyed a demon called Mahisha.
Houses, shops and public places are decorated with small oil lamps called diyas. People also enjoy fireworks and sweets too, so it's really popular with children.
This week in assembly we learnt about Diwali and why and how Hindus celebrate Diwali. There was an opportunity for reflection.
Today we have thinking about the Hindu story of Diwali... How it's a celebration of Rama and Sita... Of good triumphing over evil... And light over darkness... The good deeds that people do in our world shine out like lights in the darkness... What good deed might you do today that will shine out of the darkness..?'
The children were asked to look again at the candles, and had to think of a good deed that they might do today.
The assembly needed in a prayer.
Help us to understand and learn about festivals of the world, so that we may respect them all.
The assembly was followed up with different Diwali activities in the classes.