All Catholic schools are required to teach about other religions as part of the Religious Education curriculum. This is a feature of Catholic RE in all stages of a child’s development, from the beginning of primary school until the end of secondary school.
At Blessed Dominic Primary, we believe that the teaching about other religions is important for several reasons:
- Learning about the religion and cultures of those who do not share the Catholic faith is one of the ways in which Catholic schools embody the call to love one’s neighbour. As the Church says, “The love for all men and women is necessarily also a love for their culture. Catholic schools are, by their very vocation, intercultural.”
- It is required by the Bishops, who state that the Catholic nature of our schools entails “a willingness… to try to understand better the religion of one’s neighbours, and to experience something of their religious life and culture.”
- Many of the children in Catholic schools are practising members of other faiths and our schools need to be places of hospitality for these children. It is an act of respect and courtesy that our curriculum helps them to reflect on the nature of their own religious identity. As the Church says, “All children and young people [including those of other faiths in our Catholic schools] must have the same possibilities for arriving at the knowledge of their own religion as well as of elements that characterise other religions.”
- It prepares the pupils in our Catholic schools for life in modern Britain, giving them an understanding of the beliefs of others. This in turn will improve social cohesion and contribute to the common good by increasing mutual respect between those of different religions.
- January 2020 – Year 3 Visited Hendon United Synagogue
- November 2019 – Year 2 Diwali Workshop – Study of Festivals
- November 2019 – Year 2 Visited the Hindu Temple BAPS Shri Swaminarayan Mandir in Neasden
- June 2019 – The Imam from Finchley Mosque visited Year 6 and Year 5
- May 2019 – Year 3 visited the Jewish Museum in London
- November 2018 – Year 5 Visited the Hindu Temple BAPS Shri Swaminarayan Mandir in Neasden