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Religious Education

RE Curriculum

 

Christianity plays a central role in the school. The school uses the Rochester Diocesan Board of Education's "Understanding Christianity" Syllabus, which focuses on Christianity in Key Stage One so that the children understand the core beliefs before exploring other faiths. Key Stage Two study Christianity, Judaism, Islam, Hinduism and Sikhism.  The outline syllabus for 2017/18 is set out in the table below. 

 

Our creative approach includes drama, music, film clips, art, cookery and kinaesthetic reflective activities which inspires and engages the children.We also use the school’s Christian Values to support our RE teaching. The children say that they enjoy RE and they participate enthusiastically in singing hymns and Christmas carols and the nativity play is a highlight of the year!

 

Our school works very closely with St Peter’s Church and both benefit from the strong relationship. Collective worship takes place during daily assemblies. Teachers and children take part, and children regularly lead the worship. As well as visiting  St Peter’s church (not just for weekly acts of worship but for investigations too), all children will have had the opportunity to experience a city church, a mosque, a Gurdwara  and a synagogue by the time they leave the school. Visitors, including our rector, are also invited to answer searching questions from the children.The children are encouraged to help the wider community and to support charities, for example by donating Harvest Festival gifts and holding fundraising events.

 

Children are not just asked to join in listening to prayer, but to understand the power and role of prayer, and when possible, to write and create their own prayers. Prayer is encouraged by a “reflection corner” in each classroom – a place where the children can spend a few minutes thinking and talking to God.

 

Our school environment is founded on strong Christian principles and values. Through our Christian values we hope to aid the children’s understanding of the world in which we live, their part in making our world a more peaceful and tolerant place, and for those who wish to we provide the opportunity to explore and develop their spirituality. 

 

Soul Purpose/Leading Lights

Our 'Soul Purpose' group encourages children to deepen their knowledge and understanding of their faith and of God, as their Heavenly Father. Soul Purpose is a group of dedicated KS2 pupils who help plan and lead worship in the school, and are also responsible for many of the worship areas around the school. They promote our school’s Christian values and support the RE curriculum team by the monitoring of RE and worship. The group meets on Wednesday lunchtimes and uses the time to pray and support each another. We aim to be a kind and loving group who share God's love with those around us.

A group of year 5 and 6 children, known as our ‘Leading Lights’, regularly contribute to our Worship in St Peter’s Church, in assembly and in class.

 

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Rochester Diocesan Overview 2017

 

This is a model for the initial years of the syllabus – the Diocese may need to review this as pupils’ understanding deepens.

 

 

AUTUMN

 

SPRING

 

SUMMER

 

Reception

Why and how am I special?

OR

CREATION

Why is the word ‘God’ so important to Christians?

 

INCARNATION

Why do Christians perform Nativity plays at Christmas?

 

Why and how am I special?

OR

CREATION

Why is the word ‘God’ so important to Christians?

 

SALVATION

Why do Christians put a cross in an Easter garden?

 

 

What can we learn from Old Testament stories?

What can we learn from New Testament stories?

Year 1

GOD

What do Christians believe that God is like?

INCARNATION

Why does Christmas matter to Christians?

CORE LEARNING

 

GOSPEL

What is the good news that Jesus brings?

CORE LEARNING

SALVATION

Why does Easter matter to Christians?

CORE LEARNING

 

 

What are the stories that are told in other faith traditions?

What are the stories that are told in other faith traditions?

Year 2

CREATION

Who made the world?

INCARNATION

Why does Christmas matter to Christians?

DIGGING DEEPER

GOSPEL

What is the good news that Jesus brings?

DIGGING DEEPER

 

SALVATION

Why does Easter matter to Christians?

DIGGING DEEPER

 

JUDAISM

How do Jewish people remember and celebrate?

JUDAISM

Why are stories important for Jewish people?

Year 3

PEOPLE OF GOD

What is it like to follow God?

 

INCARNATION

What is the Trinity?

CORE LEARNING

 

Christmas

2 lessons

 

SIKHISM

What is important for Sikh people?

SALVATION

Why do Christians call the day Jesus died ‘Good Friday’?

CORE LEARNING

 

KINGDOM OF GOD

When Jesus left, what was the impact of Pentecost?

 

SIKHISM

How do Sikh people worship and celebrate?

Year 4

CREATION

What do Christians learn from the Creation story?

 

INCARNATION

What is the Trinity?

DIGGING DEEPER

 

GOSPEL

What kind of a world did Jesus want?

 

 

SALVATION

Why do Christians call the day Jesus died ‘Good Friday’?

DIGGING DEEPER

 

HINDUISM

What do Hindu people believe about God?

HINDUISM

How do Hindu people worship and celebrate?

Year 5

GOD

What does it mean if God is loving and holy?

INCARNATION

Was Jesus the Messiah?

CORE LEARNING

 

PEOPLE OF GOD

How can following God bring freedom and justice?

 

SALVATION

What did Jesus do to save human beings?

 

ISLAM

What do Muslims believe about the way they should live their lives and why?

ISLAM

What do Muslims believe about the way they should live their lives and why?

Year 6

CREATION

Creation and science: conflicting or complementary?

in the wider context of ‘Big Questions’

INCARNATION

Was Jesus the Messiah?

DIGGING DEEPER

 

Christmas

2 lessons

 

GOSPEL

What would Jesus do?

SALVATION

What difference does the resurrection make for Christians?

 

BUDDHISM

What do Buddhists believe about the way they should live their lives and why?

 

KINGDOM OF GOD

What kind of king is Jesus?

 

 

 

Religious Education Policy and Collective Worship Policy

 

Prayer Wall

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