At Cubitt Town, Religious Education topics are taught in accordance with the New Tower Hamlets Agreed Syllabus (2017-2022). The 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 five years from 2017 to 2022.
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 syllabus aims to ensure that children develop an understanding of key elements of the major faiths.
The principal aim of RE is to engage pupils in systematic enquiry into significant human questions which religion and world views 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.
Year 2 have been studying Judaism and as part of our learning we celebrated Hanukkah with Rabbi Carlebach. This festival is observed by lighting the candles of a candelabrum with nine branches, commonly called a menorah or hanukkiah. One branch is typically placed above or below the others and its candle (the shammash) is used to light the other eight candles. Each night, one additional candle is lit by the shammash until all eight candles are lit together on the final night of the festival.