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Meadowdale Primary School

 

Religious Education

Our Religious Education curriculum aims to enable children to become inquisitive, accepting, mindful individuals who express an understanding and insight of the rich and diverse world we live in and provide children with the opportunities and experiences to investigate a range of religions and world views. We follow the Leicestershire Agreed Syllabus.

In their R.E. lessons children will

  • identify and explain the core beliefs and concepts studied, using examples from texts/sources of authority in religions.
  • make clear connections between what people believe and how they live, individually and in communities and be able to use evidence and examples to show how and why people put their beliefs into practice in different ways, e.g. in different communities, denominations or cultures.
  • make connections between the beliefs and practices studied, evaluating and explaining their importance to different people (e.g. believers and atheists) and  reflect on and articulate lessons people might gain from the beliefs/practices studied, including their own responses, recognising that others may think differently.
  • consider and weigh up how the ideas studied relate to their own experiences and experiences of the world today, developing insights of their own and giving good reasons for the views they have and the connections they make

We aim for children to be able to:

  • recall and name a range of religious beliefs and practises.
  • make connections between different religions and world views and describe the similarities and differences.
  • understand the significance of belonging to a faith, religion or community
  • be aware of the big ethical and philosophical questions that exist in the world today and begin to articulate their own viewpoint.

The daily assemblies are broadly Christian in nature and non-denominational.  Stories from other cultures and religions are also included and members of the local and wider communities contribute to our assemblies. Parents/carers may withdraw their children from R.E. and assembly after discussion with the Headteacher.

 

R.E. Curriculum Overview

  Autumn 1 Autumn 2 Spring 1 Spring 2 Summer 1 Summer 2
Foundation Stage What is special about our world?

 

 

Where do we belong? What stories are special and why?

 

 

Introducing Christianity, Hinduism, Islam and Judaism

Which times are special and why?

 

 

Introducing Christianity, Hinduism, Islam and Judaism

What people are special and why?

 

 

Introducing Christianity, Hinduism, Islam and Judaism

Which places are special and why?

 

 

Introducing Christianity, Hinduism, Islam and Judaism

Year 1 Who is a Christian and what do they believe?

 

 

How and why do we celebrate special and sacred times?

 

 

Exploring Christianity and Judaism

 

What does it mean to belong to a faith community?

 

Exploring Christianity and Judaism

What makes some places sacred?

 

 

Exploring Christianity and Judaism

 

 

Year 2 Who is Jewish and what do they believe? Who is a Muslim and what do they believe? What can we learn from sacred books?

 

 

Exploring Christianity and Islam

How and why do we celebrate special and sacred times?

 

 

Exploring Christianity and Islam

 

How should we care for others and the world, and why does it matter?

 

 

Exploring Christianity and Islam

 

Year 3 What do different people believe about God?

 

 

Comparing Christianity, Hinduism and Islam

Why do people pray?

 

 

Comparing Christianity, Hinduism and Islam

Why are festivals important to religious communities?

 

 

Comparing Christianity, Hinduism, Islam and Judaism

What does it mean to be a Christian in Britain today? Why is the Bible so important for Christians today?
Year 4 Why is Jesus inspiring to some people? What can we learn from religions about deciding what is right and wrong?

 

 

Comparing Christianity, Judaism and non-religious responses

Why do some people think that life is like a journey and what specific experiences mark this?

 

 

Comparing Christianity, Hinduism, Islam, Judaism and non-religious responses

 

What does it mean to be a Hindu in Britain today? Why are festivals important to religious communities?

 

 

Comparing Christianity, Hinduism, Judaism and Islam

Year 5 What would Jesus do? Can people live by the values of Jesus in the twenty-first century? Why do some people think that God exists?

 

 

Christianity and non-religious responses

If God is everywhere, why go to a place of Worship?

 

 

Comparing Christianity, Hinduism and Judaism

What does it mean to be a Muslim in Britain today?

 

 

Year 6 What do religions say to use when life gets hard?

 

 

Comparing Christianity, Hinduism and non-religious responses

What matters most to Christians and Humanists? Is it better to express your belief in arts and architecture or in charity and generosity? What difference does it make to believe in Ahimsa (harmlessness), grace and Ummah (community)? What would Jesus do? Can we live by the values of Jesus in the 21st Century?

 

(link to South America – favelas/ rainforests)