At Manadon Vale, RE is taught to give every child the opportunity to explore the big questions about life, to find out what people believe and what difference this makes to their lives. Pupils gain the knowledge, understanding and skills needed to handle questions raised by religion and belief and to reflect on their own ideas and ways of living.
In the Early Years Foundation Stage, RE is taught within the Area 'Understanding of the World - Peoples and Communities'.
The children learn about customs and traditions celebrated by family, friends and communities, looking at similarities and differences between themselves and others. Harvest, Diwali, Christmas, Easter, Chinese New Year and Eid are explored at the appropriate time of year.
In Key Stage 1 and 2, we follow the Plymouth Agreed Syllabus for RE. The principal religions and non-religious worldviews represented in the UK are explored through 'Key Questions' such as:
Why does Easter matter to Christians?
How do festivals and family life show what matters to Jewish people?
What does it mean to be a Muslim in Britain today?
How should we care for others and the world and why does it matter? (all religious and non- religious worldviews)
These key questions are explored through the study of sacred texts, through creative arts, with visiting speakers and visits to places of worship and with lively discussion and debate.