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Compass Primary School

R.E

Religious Education Intent

“The ability to understand the faith or belief of individuals and communities, and how these may shape culture and behaviour, is an invaluable asset for children in modern day Britain. Explaining religious and non-religious worldviews in an academic way allows young people to engage with the complexities of belief, avoid stereotyping and contribute to an informed debate.” (Why RE Matters – The RE Council)

Every child at Peckover is exposed to an experience of Religious Education that is challenged, driven and inspired by themselves through an enquiry approach. We believe by giving children a ‘Big Question’ that is open at the start of each religious enquiry, children can create their own learning sequences and opportunities through careful planning. 

Throughout the Enquiry RE curriculum at Peckover children are encouraged to explore religions, engage with their knowledge and reflect on their learning and their lives. Enquiry also enhances our children’s spiritual, moral and cultural development by developing awareness of the fundamental questions raised by human experiences, and of how different religions can relate to them. Children respond to of religions and other beliefs, relating them to their own understanding and experiences. Finally children reflect on their own belief and values linking it to their big question.We believe our RE curriculum plays an important role on skills that prepare our children for the opportunities, responsibilities and experiences of later life.

Implementation

By offering an enquiry approach to RE that our children can develop lifelong skills from, we plan opportunities that our children can learn from. A range of stimulating enquiry methods give vast benefits across a sequence of lessons:

  • Big Questions so that it captures children’s interest, that creates curious and inspired learners
  • Reasoned argument and debate where children can explore controversial issues and teacher-led discussion is no longer, allowing children to increase their confidence
  • Experimental and creative activities where children develop their insight into the ‘experience’ of religion where sustained learning is achieved.

Year 1

Christianity

Autumn

 

Enquiry Question

Notes

A1

What makes a Christian Person Special?

Introduce Christian family life.

What do you do as a family? Are there any special places you go to? Can you remember visiting the church at…?

A2

What is Christmas and Advent?

Introduce Christmas and Advent.

What does Christmas look like? What are your ideas on Christmas?

Judaism

Spring

 

Enquiry Question

Notes

SP1

What makes Judaism Special?

What do you notice about their clothes?

SP2

What is a Jewish Festivals?

What do they celebrate?

Look at Hanukah – similar to Christmas

Big Question

Summer

 

Enquiry Question

Notes

S1

What do Christian and Jewish stories tell us?

 Explore Christian and Jewish stories - What do Christian and Judaism story tell us? 

Danial and the Lion, Temple Lamp and Other Stories.

 

Year 2

Christianity

Autumn

 

Enquiry Question

Notes

A1

What was life like as Jesus?

Why is he special?  (recap special people)

A2

What is the meaning of Christmas?

What does Christmas look like?

I wonder what Christmas advent calendars symbolise – Discussion activity; provide children with a range of advent calendars.

Islam

Spring

 

Enquiry Question

Notes

SP1

What makes Islam special?

Explore family life – special clothes, place of worship, holy day? (Friday)

SP2

The importance of Islamic stories

Story links – Golden Domes and Silver Lanterns, Krahn

Big Question

Summer

 

Enquiry Question

Notes

S1

Why is the world special?

What do you like about the world? Think about special places. Children could start by going on a walk around local area…. What makes Wisbech special, What do they like about their area.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Year 3

Big Question

Autumn

 

Enquiry Question

Notes

A1

What is religion in Wisbech?

How does Wisbech celebrate Christmas?

Christianity

Spring

 

Enquiry Question

Notes

SP1

Why was Jesus important?

Why was Jesus important?

What was he trying to teach people (Kingdom of God) – bring in stories such as Loaves and the fishes, Miracle of the blind man, Solomon builds a temple

Why is he special? 

SP2

What is the meaning of Easter?

Begin to look at Easter story in Bible.

Sikhism

Summer

 

Enquiry Question

Notes

S1

What makes Sikhs special?

Who is a Sikh? What do Sikhs believe?  Who is special?

Gurdwara is the place where Sikhs come together for congregational worship, look/taste different Sikh food, A Kara is a steel or iron bracelet, that identify a Sikh as dedicated to their religious order.

 

Year 4

Christianity

Autumn

 

Enquiry Question

Notes

A1

Why do Christians pray and worship?

Where can we pray? Look at a variety of places of worship- Quakers, Pentecostal, church.

What is a prayer? Look at Lord’s prayer,

Could children write their prayer or wise words and share.

Hinduism

Spring

 

Enquiry Question

Notes

SP1

What is Hinduism?

I wonder what Hindus believe? (Say it and pause )

What makes a Hindu special?

What do they celebrate? (Diwali)

Big Question

Summer

 

Enquiry Question

Notes

S1

How does religion help us?

Why is it important to give and help?

Look at charities – Oxfam

Do other religions give – Muslim and Jews.

 

Year 5

Christianity

Autumn

 

Enquiry Question

Notes

A1

Does the Bible help us to decide what is right and wrong?

Explore the British Values and the 10 commandments. Can children make their own?

Who else tells us what is right and wrong?

Islam and Judaism

Spring

 

Enquiry Question

Notes

SP1

What do Muslims believe?

5 pillars of Islam – could create on playground

What do Muslims believe?  .

SP2

What does it mean to be a Jew?

What is it like to be a Jew?

Explore the Torah

Big Question

Summer

 

Enquiry Question

Notes

S1

Do you need to believe in God to be Human?

What does it mean to be human?

Is it about different beliefs and religions?

I wonder who tell you right from wrong?

What happens when you die?

 

Year 6

Christianity

Autumn

 

Enquiry Question

Notes

A1

Who was Jesus?

Interpret Jesus through art, music and drama.

Is he the son of God?

He is in the Koran and the Bible - is he the same person, come to a conclusion who he really is?

Buddhism

Spring

 

Enquiry Question

Notes

SP1

Who is a Buddhist?

Who is a Buddhist?

Story > Siddhartha  and the Swan

Other World Religions

Summer

 

Enquiry Question

Notes

S1

What do other people believe?

 Explore other  world religions – are there any similarities and differences

 

Core Values