The Tower Hamlets Agreed Syllabus for Religious Education
At Mowlem, 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.
Inter Faith Week - November 2014
From Monday 17th to Friday 23rd November everyone at Mowlem took part in our second year of celebrating Inter Faith Week. This annual event helped us to acquire a positive understanding of, and respect for, our own and other ways of life. By inviting people of different faiths we learnt lots about showing respect for all and about the importance of togetherness in the community.
On Monday, Reverend Alan Green, Tower Hamlets Borough Chaplain and Interfaith Adviser introduced the week by sharing stories from Christianity and encouraged everyone to participate in a lively song based on Noah and the ark. By sharing his experiences of living in a multicultural community, he helped us to develop greater understanding and respect between different faith communities. In the meantime, children in EYFS enjoyed listening to two of the parents, Rachel Virgo and Rinku Kaur as they told stories based on Jesus and Guru Nanak.
On Tuesday Naif Sheikh from 'Discover Islam' showed some animations and answered children’s basic questions about Islamic principles. Later on in the week, Juber Hussain from the East London Mosque & London Muslim Centre visited us to talk to Class 6 about tolerating and respecting differences.
On Thursday after school, staff and children with their families took part in the Inter Faith Celebration by engaging in different activities such as face painting, henna, making a muffin and gospel choir singing. There was a range of stalls selling things that the children had made themselves including festive cards, candles, cakes and cookies decorated with symbols of faith, advent calendars, bookmarks and mini decorative frames. People also bought Islamic Art canvases and traditional food including Islamic Egyptian food. We were delighted to be joined by visitors representing different faiths with exhibitions to help us learn more about Christianity, Islam, Judaism, Hinduism, Sikhism, Buddhism and Zoroastrianism.
Thanks to the generosity shown by everyone, we raised £560.56 which will be donated to a local charity - St Joseph’s Hospice.
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Inter Faith Celebration 2014
Inter Faith Week Celebration evening (in support of St. Josephs Hospice).