CURRICULUM AREA: RELIGIOUS EDUCATION
Purpose of Study:
At Calmore Infant School we teach RE through our Integrated Curriculum projects and through separate blocks of learning to immerse the children e.g. Diwali in Year 1
We believe RE is an important subject within our school curriculum because of the influence of religions and beliefs on individuals, culture, behaviour and national life. Most religions and beliefs offer answers to life’s deepest questions. Children are naturally inquisitive and we encourage them to seek answers to those questions, as they grow into independence and work out how to live a good life.
RE provides opportunities for children to reflect and analyse, to discuss and debate, to explore and discover, and to learn more about the world in which they live. We use the syllabus Living Difference 3 as a guide.
Through this syllabus we explore a range of concepts:
A- Concepts which are common to all people (e.g. remembering, specialness or celebration)
B- Concepts which are shared by many religions (e.g. God, worship or discipleship)
C- Concepts which are distinctive to particular religions or non-religious tradition (e.g. remembrance, and Easter).
How we teach RE
All the concepts we learn about are taught through a cycle of enquiry:
- Apply their own beliefs and values to situations in their own and others’ lives
- Enquire into religious/non-religious concepts
- Contextualise what is being studied in religious practice and belief and specific situations
- Evaluate what has been discussed, taught and learnt.
- Communicate their own responses to what has been discussed, taught and learnt
In the Foundation Stage (Year R), the children will learn that others don’t always enjoy the same things and will be sensitive to this. They will learn about similarities and differences between themselves and others and among families, communities and traditions, for example the Harvest, Nativity and the Chinese New Year. Where possible, RE will be linked to early learning goals.
As the children enter Year 1 they will start to develop curiosity about people, places and events. They will begin to develop a greater awareness of feelings about what is special and precious and begin to become aware that certain people, objects, places, clothing and time have special importance. They will begin to understand the concept of light as a symbol through Diwali and the concept of change by learning about how Jesus changed people’s lives.
In Year 2, the children will explore some of the symbols used in religious and everyday life. They will be able to discuss similarities and differences between themselves and others. They will accept and value themselves and celebrate the common bond between all people. Some children will be able to make simple connections between aspects of the religions they encounter.
National Curriculum Provision
Aims: The national curriculum for Religious Education aims to ensure that all pupils:
Pupils should develop their knowledge and understanding of religions and worldviews, recognising their local, national and global contexts. They should use basic subject-specific vocabulary. They should raise questions and begin to express their own views in response to the material they learn about, and in response to questions about their ideas” (NCFRE p18). A balanced curriculum would include: a. Learning about the place of religion and belief in their local community – recognising diversity and the influence of those religions and worldviews, and exploring questions about the meaning, purpose and value of life b. Learning about key features of Christianity (selected from key beliefs, teaching and values behind celebrations and commemorations, patterns of worship, places of worship, and stories) exploring their significance for Christians c. Learning about key features of at least one other religion or non-religious worldview (selected from key beliefs and, in the case of religion, teaching and values behind celebrations and commemorations, patterns of worship, places of worship, and stories ) exploring their significance for followers of that religion or worldview.
Subject Content KS1:
Pupils will be taught about:
Concepts that start to increase in complexity, for example, remembering, storytelling, symbol of light and some simpler concepts as they progress to the end of the key stage, for example, God, angels and special places.