As a Voluntary Aided Church of England Primary School, Religious Education is at the heart of our curriculum. We believe high standards of care and love are an integral part in the quality of teaching and learning across the whole curriculum. Our school Christian vision of ‘life in all its fullness’ applies to all areas of our school. The two great commandments given by Jesus will underwrite the life of our school; they are to ‘love God’ and to ‘love your neighbour as yourself’. It is our aim for both of these instructions to be evident in the whole life of the school, in the relationships between all members of the community, pupils, staff and parents, and also in our safeguarding responsibilities. Our school vision is firmly embedded in our teaching or RE. Our curriculum provides many opportunities to realise the four key areas of our vision statement:
1) Wisdom, Knowledge and Skills
2) Hope and Aspiration
3) Community and Living Well Together
4) Dignity and Respect
Aims of RE
The aim of Religious Education in our school is to learn about and learn from religion.
Through Religious Education pupils will be enabled to:
- develop and extend knowledge, understanding and awareness of the Christian faith and other religious traditions
- develop an understanding of the beliefs, values and traditions of individuals, communities, societies and cultures
- develop the ability to make informed judgements about religious and moral issues, with reference to the teachings of the principal religions represented in Great Britain
- enhance their spiritual, moral, cultural and social development by:
- developing an awareness of the fundamental questions of life raised by human experiences, and of how the Christian faith and other religious teachings can relate to them
- responding to such questions with references to the teachings and practices of the Christian faith and other religious traditions, and to their own understanding and experience
- reflecting on their own beliefs, values and experiences in the light of their study
The school uses the LDBS scheme of work for RE which covers the six main world religions and a number of thematic units for Upper Juniors. The content of the curriculum is in the main part Christianity. Children have an hour of RE taught each week which is separate to the children’s entitlement for collective worship.
We provide the children with a rich and varied RE curriculum. Teaching methods include:
- Questioning and opportunities for reflection
- Investigative work using religious artefacts, library books and the internet
- Opportunities for the children to respond practically through use of art and drama
- Opportunities for writing and recording in books
- Use of videos to support the children’s learning
- Visits or ‘virtual’ visits to places of worship
- Interviews and discussion with people of different faith backgrounds
- Use of children’s own experiences as a resource
Topics Covered in each Year
Christianity Who made the wonderful world?
Christianity Why is Christmas special for Christians?
Christianity Why do Christians believe Jesus is special?
Christianity The Easter story
Christianity Special people
Christianity What does the Lord’s Prayer mean?
Christianity Why are saints important to Christianity?
Christianity Nativity characters
Judaism What is it like to live as a Jew?
Christianity Why is Good Friday good?
Islam What does it mean to be a Muslim?
Judaism Why are they having a Jewish party?
Christianity The 10 commandments
Christianity Where is the Light of Christmas?
Christianity Parables of Jesus
Christianity The school’s own saints day
Christianity How do Easter symbols help us to understand the true meaning of Easter?
Sikhism What do Sikhs believe?
Hinduism What is the importance of symbols, beliefs and teaching in Hinduism?
Christianity Jesus’ New Commandment & the two greatest commandments
Christianity How do Advent and Epiphany show us what Christmas is really about?
Christianity What are the miracles of Jesus?
Christianity What makes a Christian?
Christianity Easter people – Who is the most important person in the Easter story?
Islam What are the 5 Pillars of Islam and why are they important to Muslims?
Christianity What are the Beatitudes?
Christianity Jesus and the gift of peace – is peace the most important message at Christmas?
Christianity Who is Jesus? ‘I am…’ sayings
Christianity Should every Christian go on a pilgrimage?
Christianity Holy Communion
Christianity The Bible
Hinduism What does it mean to be a Hindu?
Christianity Christmas through music and art
Christianity People from the Old Testament
Christianity What do the monastic traditions within Christianity show us about living in community?
Christianity What happens in churches at Easter?
Christianity How has the Christian message survived for over 2000 years?
Buddhism What does it mean to be a Buddhist?
Christianity How would Christians advertise Christmas? What does Christmas mean today?
Thematic Unit The Journey of life and death
Christianity The contemporary Anglican church
Christianity Easter Hope
Thematic Unit Understanding Faith
Thematic Unit Rules and responsibilities
In addition to the weekly RE lessons, a number of ‘Pause days’ are planned in for the year. These are opportunities for the whole school to come off timetable and reflect on a particular topic for the day. Pause Days have included Harvest, Easter and a Global Neighbours Pause day. These days will often be creative and thought provoking days including lots of opportunities to explore the theme through art, drama and other practical ways.
Parents have the right to withdraw their children from Religious Education. Any parents who are considering doing this are asked to discuss it with the Headteacher. Children who are withdrawn will be supervised.
In order to ensure that children’s attainment is high in RE and that they are making excellent progression we use the RE skills ladder below to monitor and assess the skills that the children are developing.
The Bigger Picture
Two year 6 RE advocates are selected each year to assist in gathering resources, assisting with assemblies and special services (e.g. Easter) and monitoring our school prayer stations. These roles give children the opportunity to take on a position of responsibility within a subject that they enjoy.
RE Steering Group
The RE Steering Group supports RE and Collective Worship within the school. Each year two children who have a particular interest in RE are selected from each class in the Juniors. They are responsible for, amongst other things, assisting with assemblies and special services (e.g. Easter), preparing and leading acts of class worship and carrying out surveys.
Reflection spaces in classrooms
Each class has a reflection area. This is an area where children may go to be quiet and still. The school values will be displayed here and there may be a candle, a bible and other visuals to encourage children to think and reflect. Each class also has a cross which forms part of a prayer trail around the school.