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

Our school values are also an explicit part of our RE curriculum.

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:
  1. 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
  2. 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
  3. reflecting on their own beliefs, values and experiences in the light of their study

 

Curriculum

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

EYFS

Term 1

Christianity      Who made the wonderful world?

Christianity      Why is Christmas special for Christians?

Term 2

Christianity      Why do Christians believe Jesus is special?

Christianity      The Easter story

Term 3

Christianity      Special people

Christianity      Who cares for this special world?

Year 1

Term 1

Christianity      What does the Lord’s Prayer mean?

Christianity      Why are saints important to Christianity?

Christianity      Nativity characters

Term 2

Judaism           What is it like to live as a Jew?

Christianity      Noah

Christianity      Why is Good Friday good?

Term 3

Islam               What does it mean to be a Muslim?

Christianity      What responsibility has God given people about taking care of creation?

Year 2

Term 1

Judaism           Why are they having a Jewish party?

Christianity      The 10 commandments

Christianity      Where is the Light of Christmas?

Term 2

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? 

Term 3

Sikhism           What do Sikhs believe?

Christianity      Christian Baptism and Marriage

Year 3

Term 1

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?

Term 2

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?

Term 3

Christianity      Liturgy

Buddhism        What is Buddhism?

Year 4

Term 1

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? 

Term 2

Christianity      Who is Jesus? ‘I am…’ sayings

Christianity      Should every Christian go on a pilgrimage?

Christianity      Holy Communion

Term 3

Christianity      The Bible

Judaism           What does it mean to be a Jew?

Year 5

Term 1

Hinduism        What does it mean to be a Hindu?

Christianity      Wisdom

Christianity      Christmas through music and art

Term 2

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?

Term 3

Christianity      How has the Christian message survived for over 2000 years?

Sikhism           What does it mean to be a Sikh?

Year 6

Term 1

Buddhism        What does it mean to be a Buddhist?

Christianity      Remembrance

Christianity      How would Christians advertise Christmas? What does Christmas mean today?

Term 2

Thematic Unit The Journey of life and death

Christianity      The contemporary Anglican church

Christianity      Easter Hope     

Term 3

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.

Assessment

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

RE Advocates

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.