At Cubitt Town Junior School, we follow the Tower Hamlets Agreed Syllabus for Religious Education as the basis of our teaching. The RE syllabus offers a considered path through ideas and issues in six of the world's major religions including Christianity, Islam, Judaism as well as Sikhism, Buddhism and Hinduism, plus the opportunity for thoughtful consideration of non-religious or alternative world views such as humanism. This wide-ranging extent is particularly important in our diverse borough and school. This syllabus helps us equip pupils with tools and skills to learn, examine and come to understand ideas and practices that shape their lives and that of their friends and families.
At Cubitt Town we teach the subject thematically, meaning that pupils learn about a range of religions based around a theme - festivals, places of worship, special books etc. Lessons are multi-sensory and immersive, with pupils learning through online presentations and videos, fiction and non-fiction books, real artefacts and objects. Pupils are also introduced to an extended range of subject specific vocabulary.
Pupils learn from religions and world views about different ways of life in local, national and global contexts. They discover, explore and consider many different answers to questions about human identity, meaning and value. Pupils should learn to express their own ideas in response to the material they engage with, identifying relevant information, selecting examples and giving reasons to support their ideas and views. Complemented by a range of oracy skills, our pupils learn to discuss the wisdom and insight from different communities, to disagree respectfully, to be thoughtful in their responses to religions and world views and to offer their own perspectives. They are encouraged to think critically, creatively and respectfully about their ideas in relation to religions and world views. Learning is not about making pupils into believers, rather to help them become literate and articulate about religions and beliefs, and to be thoughtful members of a pluralist society, so that in learning from religion they are able to make informed choices about how they want to live their lives whilst also understanding more about the faith of other people they meet.
Pupils at Cubitt Town also have the opportunity to visit various places of worship and meet people from a different religious communities. These include visits to churches, Hindu temples, mosques etc. These visits enable our pupils to further enhance their understanding of world religions, beliefs and practices. As a community school we do not promote particular religion, but rather celebrate various religious festivals and traditions. We celebrate diversity and are committed to preparing our pupils to thrive in a multi-cultural world and become citizens of the future who are tolerant of understanding of the belief systems of others.
At Cubitt Town, Religious Education topics are taught in accordance with the New Tower Hamlets Agreed Syllabus (2017-2022). The new syllabus, which has been created by the SACRE (Standing Advisory Council for Religious Education) and its Agreed Syllabus Conference, builds on strengths of previous syllabuses and provides a vision of, and the basis for, the development of RE over the next five years.
The syllabus intends to provide the structures and support systems that will enable the teaching of RE in a manner that is coherent, progressive, pedagogically and philosophically sound, and that will promote the cognitive, spiritual, moral, social and cultural development of all learners.
The principal aim of RE is to engage pupils in systematic enquiry into significant human questions which religion and worldviews address, so that they can develop the understanding and skills needed to appreciate and appraise varied responses to these questions, as well as develop responses of their own.