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RE Syllabus for Jesson’s C.E. Primary School - 2015/16

Time Allowance

Early Years   5% of total curriculum time

KS1 36 hours per year

KS2 45 hours per year

Taking into account our extended focus time for Easter/ Christmas we cover the recommended hours.

Format

Attainment Target 1 – Knowledge and Understanding

Attainment Target 2- Evaluation and application

Attainment Target 1 is mainly concerned with pupils’ developing their knowledge and understanding.

Attainment target 2 is mainly concerned with pupils’ personal development. It involves helping pupils to reflect and articulate the beliefs and values which form the basis of their own personal search for meaning.

These two attainment targets should work together and not be taught independently.


Foundation and KS1 – Christianity and an introduction to Sikhism

Acquainted with other religions (Islam and Hinduism)


KS2 – At depth study of Christianity and Islam

Acquainted with other principal religions (Judaism, Sikhism and Buddism)


A specified focus for Christmas and Easter is identified ensuing that the festivals are covered in depth by the end of KS2.

Assessment

As a school, in the past, we felt that assessment is detrimental to allowing a child to develop their own views. However – encouraging a child to self evaluate is a good thing and should be encouraged.

Initially the RE Coordinator will assess three children from each year group every half term, and a decision on assessment will be taken at a later date.

FOUNDATION

To help children develop empathy, values and a capacity to make moral judgements and healthy choices. Also to help children develop an understanding of their own culture and the culture of others.

Planned through:

  • Personal, social and emotional development
  • Communication and language
  • Physical development


Specific areas for RE:

  • Literacy
  • Mathematics
  • Understanding the world
  • Expressive arts and design.


Suggested Topics for Religious Education to be taught in are:-

  • We are special
  • We are unique
  • We care
  • What makes us happy/sad/ angry/ lonely etc
  • Telling the truth
  • People who are important to us
  • Places that are important to us
  • Festivals we celebrate – Christmas, Easter, Divali, Eid
  • Faith stories from Christianity, Sikhism, Hinduism and Islam. (these can be linked to topics or stand alone stories )


As a phase you will need to plan that RE is evident in the curriculum and carefully planned across the phase ensuring that there is no repetition. (ie Noahs Ark story told every year!!)

KEY STAGE ONE

Children should explore implicit and explicit religious material.

Christianity and Sikhism to be taught. Two  other religions to be introduced – Islam and Hinduism.

Children should be encouraged to talk and share their thoughts  - RE needs to be enquiry based and needs to look beyond retelling.

RE should be delivered through the following six headings:-

  • Stories
  • Artefacts
  • Places of Worship
  • Festivals
  • Prayers
  • Beliefs

It is important that children have a clear understanding about which religion they are talking about – not just hop from one to another. Suggestion of colour coding religions or using trigger artefacts.

Lessons should be enquiry based to encourage children to question and evaluate.

e.g.

  • Why do people give thanks?
  • Who is Rama and Sita?
  • Why is Easter important to Christians?
  • What does Divali teach us?

YEAR ONE – these can be taught in any order.

Artefacts – Pupils should be taught to recognise Christian artefacts (cross, bible, images of Jesus, artefacts associated with Christmas and Easter) They should explore how and when these artefacts are used and why they are of religious importance to Christians. Pupils should also explore artefacts associated with Sikhism and an introduction to Muslim and Hindu artefacts. Opportunities should be taken to encourage pupils to ask questions about the values or beliefs these artefacts represent or express. They should also be encouraged to share their views and thoughts.

Festivals –Harvest, Advent, Christmas, Easter, Lent. Ascension, Pentecost, Guru Nanak’s birthday, Vaisakhi, Divali

(Also introduce Eid, Holi )

Pupils should learn about the traditions, symbols, special food and beliefs associated with the festivals. Pupils should be encouraged to share their thoughts and views in response to the above.

Prayers    School prayers, different types of prayers, music and song in prayer, how we can pray, Christian and Sikh prayers (also introduce Muslim and Hindu prayers)

Pupils should be encouraged to be curious and to raise questions of their own about prayer.

Christmas and Easter focus for Year One to be used when exploring these festivals.

Faith stories can be used during Literacy lessons and story-time too.

YEAR TWO– these can be taught in any order.

Stories –pupils should learn about Christian stories from both OT and NT. Opportunities should be taken to encourage enquiry into how these stories may be interpreted and what values and beliefs they may be expressing. They should also learn about stories from Sikhism and an introduction into stories from Islam and Hinduism. They should also be encouraged to share their views and thoughts in response to any message or moral these stories may give.

Places of Worship – Pupils should learn about the church as a place for Christian worship.

They should be encouraged to explore the atmosphere in a church, how and why Christians worship together and how and why special events, such as baptism are celebrated in a church. They should be taught to recognise features found in churches like a cross, the font, altar, lectern and images of Christ. Pupils should be taught how at least one of these features may be used and should explore why it is religiously important.

Pupils should also explore the Gurdwara – incorporating the above learning objectives.

An introduction to a Mosque and Mandir may be introduced.

They should also be encouraged to share their views and thoughts in response to views and beliefs which arise from their exploration into places of worship.

Beliefs – Pupils should learn about some important beliefs, God, Jesus, forgiveness, kindness, concern for the rejected and prayer. Pupils should enquire into how religious faith may influence the lives of people. Pupils should be encouraged to attempt to share their thoughts and views in response to how faith may influence how a person chooses to live.

Christmas and Easter focus for Year Two to be used when exploring these festivals.

Faith stories can be used during Literacy lessons and story-time too.

KEY STAGE TWO

The childrens knowledge of Christianity and one other religion should be extended and deepened. Knowledge of the other four major religions should also be studied. (Hinduism, Judaism, Islam and Buddism)

Children should be encouraged to talk and share their thoughts. RE needs to be enquiry based and needs to look beyond retelling.

RE should be delivered through the following eight headings:-

  • Stories
  • Worship
  • Festivals
  • Leaders of Religion
  • Holy Books
  • People of Faith  
  • Beliefs
  • Places of Worship

Lessons should be enquiry based to encourage children to question and evaluate. Suggest that a question is formulated and explored over a few lessons.

e.g.

  • Who was Jesus?
  • What is the bible?
  • Why do Muslims pray?
  • Where do rules come from?
  • What is prayer?
  • What is the meaning of Christmas?
  • Does faith make a difference?

YEAR THREE

Leaders of religion – Pupils should learn about Jesus as the founder of Christianity. They have a secure knowledge of his life – birth, baptism, entry into Jerusalem, last supper, death, resurrection. They should know about his concern for the rejected, ill, unliked etc. Should have knowledge of some of the parables and miracles and what they taught.

Pupils should also learn about Mohammed and the Gurus as leaders of other religions.

They should be encouraged to share their thoughts and views in response to beliefs held about leaders of religion. They should be taught to support their views making use of reasons which are clear and cogent.

Festivals  -pupils should learn about Christian festivals in more detail to gain a deeper understanding. They should also learn about Muslim festivals and other faith festivals.

They should be encouraged to share their thoughts and views in response to beliefs held about the festivals we celebrate. They should be taught to support their views making use of reasons which are clear and cogent.

YEAR FOUR

Holy Books – pupils should learn about the Bible as the holy book of Christianity. They should learn about the Old and New Testaments and the different books of each. . They should learn about stories associated with certain books in the bible.

Pupils should also learn about the holy book of Islam and be introduced to the holy books of other religions.

They should be encouraged to share their thoughts and views in response to what they have learnt. They should be taught to support their views making use of reasons which are clear and cogent.

Places of Worship – pupils will extend their knowledge of Christian places of worship by a more in-depth study of various Christian places of worship – eg  Baptist, Methodist, catholic, Pentecostal. They should be encouraged to discuss similarities and differences between the places of worship. They should also study a mosque and the important features found there.

They should explore places of worship for other faiths.

A visit to Worcester Cathedral should also be incorporated into the topic.

They should also be encouraged to share their views and thoughts in response to views and beliefs which arise from their exploration into places of worship.

YEAR FIVE

Stories – Pupils should learn about Christian stories that are in the Bible. Stories from KS1 may be revisited in KS2 to gain a deeper understanding of how these stories may be interpreted. In addition they should also learn about other New Testament stories. Pupils should also learn of stories from the Old Testament – eg.  Creation, Moses and Ten Commandments, Noahs Ark.

Pupils should also learn about stories from Islam and be introduced to stories from other faiths.

They should be encouraged to share their thoughts and views in response to what they have learnt. They should be taught to support their views making use of reasons which are clear and cogent.

People of Faith – Pupils should be taught about the life and work of at least one person who was motivated or inspired by their Christian faith. Pupils may explore the life of a well known person drawn from history ( eg Francis of Assissi, Mary Seacole, Thomas Barnado, Desmond Tutu) Or they may explore the life and work of an individual in the community. Pupils should explore in what way this persons life and work has any direct links to Christian teaching.

They should also research people of other faiths who have been motivated or inspired by their faith.

They should be encouraged to share their thoughts and views in response to what they have learnt. They should be taught to support their views making use of reasons which are clear and cogent.

YEAR SIX

Beliefs –pupils should learn about some major Christian beliefs, for example, central beliefs about God as creator, Father and the idea of God being a loving and all-powerful God. They should learn about the central beliefs associated with Jesus, for example, Jesus was God living on earth in human form, was resurrected from the dead and lives on today. Pupils should learn about beliefs related to living a Christian life.

Pupils should also learn about some of the central beliefs of Islam and be introduced to the central beliefs of other religions.

They should be encouraged to share their thoughts and views in response to what they have learnt. They should be taught to support their views making use of reasons which are clear and cogent.

Worship – Pupils should learn about Christian worship. Types of prayer like praising (devotional) prayer, asking (petitionary) prayer may be revisited in order to gain a deeper understanding. The Lords Prayer should be explored. Pupils should also learn about Holy Communion – the symbolism, the idea of fellowship and thye idea of Christ being present.

Pupils should also learn about prayer in Islam and other religions (eg Buddist meditation)

They should be encouraged to share their thoughts and views in response to worship. They should be taught to support their views or beliefs  making use of reasons which are clear and cogent.

Christmas and Easter focus for specific year to be used when exploring these festivals.

Faith stories can be used during Literacy lessons and story-time too.

CHRISTMAS AND EASTER FOCUS FOR EACH YEAR GROUP



CHRISTMAS

EASTER

Foundation

A Special Baby

New life around us

Year 1

Gifts and Giving

Special Symbols

Year 2

Customs

A special person

Year 3

Symbols

Contrasts

Year 4

Journeys

Joyrneys

Year 5

Good News

More Good News

Year 6

How Christians Celebrate

How Christians Celebrate