RE

Religious Education at The Village Primary School

Religious Education encourages children to value diversity in our community as well as learn about the wider teachings and traditions of different religions. Religious education provides children with the opportunity to question and understand different beliefs in a non-biased, safe and respectful environment.

 

Our Curriculum Aims

  • To provide children with opportunities to become familiar with Christianity and the other principal religions of our society such as Islam, Hinduism, Buddhism, Judaism and Sikhism.
  • To provide children with opportunities to study religion, beliefs and attitudes through discussion, research and first hand experiences to develop their social, cultural and spiritual development.
  • To provide opportunities for children to explore other people’s differences positively and not to fear them.
  • To equip children with the skills, values and attitudes to be successful life-long learners.

 

Progression through the school

RE in the Foundation Stage

Very young children explore the world of religion through direct hand on experiences. Experiences provided are real and relevant and focus on the child’s natural curiosity to learn more about the world around them. Experiences may include, visiting a place of worship, experiencing a special person visit school to read a story experiencing a religious celebration or exploring different ways of expression through music and art.  The focus at this stage allows young children to reflect upon their own feelings and experiences about the world around them.

 

RE at Key Stage 1

Children explore different beliefs about God and the world around them with special focus on Christianity, Islam and Hinduism. They explore a range of stories, artefacts and visit different places of worship to allow them to begin to value religion and different beliefs. They explore new vocabulary linked to religion. Children are encouraged to talk about what is important to them, reflecting on their own experiences and developing their sense of belonging.  They begin to listen to what is important to others and become more aware of differences.

 

RE at Key Stage 2

As children develop, they begin to make connections between religions and consider different forms of religious expression. They explore Christianity, Islam and Hinduism in more detail and explore different religions such as Sikhism, Judaism and Buddhism. They consider the beliefs, teachings, practises and ways of life central to religion and compare similarities and differences. They explore and recognise their ideas of right and wrong and what is good and true. They explore other people’s viewpoints and consider their own beliefs on reflection. They build up their specialist vocabulary. Children begin to recognise the impact of religion and beliefs locally, nationally and globally.

 

Vision

Religious Education contributes dynamically to children’s education by provoking challenging questions about the meaning and purpose of life, ultimate reality, beliefs about God, issues of right and wrong and what it means to be human.

At Village Primary, Children are taught about and explore a range of religions. They learn to respect and ask questions about different religions, traditions and cultures around the world. We support children to feel able to discuss, understand and challenge any misunderstanding, stereotyping and division within religious groups in a safe place.

We believe children learn best from real experiences in order to capture their imaginations and encourage curiosity. We enhance our curriculum in many different practical ways to ensure that children discover, learn and respect different religions. We have access to a wide selection of stimulating resources from Durham RE resource library to ignite children’s enquiry. We foster positive relationships with local religious leaders across different faiths and work together to teach children about different religions in a real, relevant and stimulating way, which includes visits from religious leaders and visits to religious buildings.

Within our curriculum, children are encouraged to enquire and ask questions in order to impact on their spiritual, moral, social and cultural development. During religious education lessons, children are challenged to push themselves to think outside of their comfort zones and explore their skills, beliefs and ideas; asking questions at all times through practical lessons.

Throughout RE lessons, children will gain and deploy the skills needed to understand, interpret and evaluate texts, sources of wisdom and authority and any other evidence. They learn to articulate clearly and coherently their own personal beliefs, ideas, values and experiences whilst respecting the right of others who differ. Children explore the dream of the future, where people can live side by side, respectfully and peacefully regardless of their beliefs.

 

RE – Curriculum Map

  Autumn 1 Autumn 2 Spring 1 Spring 2 Summer 1 Summer 2
Year 1 Belonging:

What does it mean to belong?

Festivals/Beliefs and Practices:

Why do Christians give gifts at Christmas?

Belonging:

What does it mean to belong?

 

Festivals/Beliefs and Practices:

What is Easter and why is Palm Sunday important?

Founders and Leaders:

Who is Mohammed and why is he important?

Belonging:

Choose from Buddhism, Hinduism, Judaism or Sikhism

Year 2 Sacred Texts:

What is the Quran and why is it important?

Festivals/Beliefs and Practices:

How and why do Christians celebrate Christmas?

 

Retell what happens during a Christian baptism and describe experiences of belonging.

Festivals/Beliefs and Practices:

What are the key events associated with the Easter story?

Founders and Leaders:

Who was Jesus and who were his friends (disciples)?

Founders and Leaders

Choose from Buddhism, Hinduism, Judaism or Sikhism

Skills
KS1
Learning about religion:

·         Pupils use religious words and phrases to identify some features of religions and its importance for some people. 

·         They begin to show awareness of similarities in religions. 

·         Pupils retell some religious stories and suggest meanings for religious actions and symbols. 

·         They identify how religion is expressed in different ways.

 

Learning from religion:

·         Pupils ask and respond sensitively to, questions about their own and others’ experiences and feelings. 

·         They recognise that some questions cause people to wonder and are difficult to answer. 

·         In relation to matters of right and wrong, they recognise their own values and those of others.

Year 3 Sacred Texts:

What is the Bible and why is it important?

 

Festivals/Beliefs and Practices:

What are the symbols associated with Christmas?

Places of Worship:

What is a mosque and why is it important?

Festivals/Beliefs and Practices:

How is Easter celebrated in Church?

Beliefs and Practices

Choose from Buddhism, Hinduism, Judaism or Sikhism

Festivals:

What is EID and why is it important?

Year 4  

Festivals:

Choose from Buddhism, Hinduism, Judaism or Sikhism

 

Festivals/Beliefs and Practices:

What are the journeys that take place within the Christmas story?

Places of Worship:

What is a church and why is it important?

Festivals/Beliefs and Practices:

Why is Easter important to Christians?

Beliefs and Practices:

What are the five pillars and why are they important?

 
Year 5 Places of Worship:

Choose from Buddhism, Hinduism, Judaism or Sikhism

 

Festivals/Beliefs and Practices:

How do we know about the Christmas story?

Beliefs and Practices:

What food, drink and leisure are important in Islam and why?

Festivals/Beliefs and Practices:

How do betrayal and loyalty feature in the Easter story?

Worship in the Home:

Thematic compare and contrast Christianity, Islam and one other

 
Year 6 Rites of Passage:

Thematic compare

and contrast Christianity, Islam

and one other

Festivals/Beliefs and Practices:

What do the Gospel stories tell is about the birth of Jesus?

Expressions of faith through Art:

Thematic compare and contrast

Christianity, Islam

and one other.

Festivals/Beliefs and Practices:

How far can the death of Jesus be seen as a victory in Christianity?

Left blank deliberately to allow for SATS, transition days and end of year activities; any of the above units not yet covered or completed could be undertaken in this time.  
Skills
KS2
Learning about religion:

·         Pupils use a developing religious vocabulary to describe and show understanding of sources, practices, beliefs, ideas, feelings and experiences.

·         They make links between religions and describe some similarities and differences both within and between religions. 

·         They describe the impact of religions on people’s lives. 

·         They suggest meanings for a range of forms of religious expression.

 

Learning from religion:

·         Pupils raise, and suggest answers to, questions of identity, belonging, meaning, purpose, truth, values and commitments. 

·         They apply their ideas to their own and other people’s lives. 

·         They describe what inspires and influences themselves and others.