Updated October 2020:
Year 4 visited a local Mandir in February 2020. They have been learning about Hinduism in their RE topic this year and therefore visited the temple.
They learnt about and experienced the Hindu Prayer Aarti, the BAPS’ history and their images and statues.
Year 4 will now undertake a reflective homework piece to try and achieve their tolerance values badge!
Our RE curriculum develops pupils’ knowledge and understanding of a wide range of religions, religious traditions and secular world views and explores their responses to life’s challenges. We aim to give our pupils the knowledge and skills to flourish both within their own community and as members of a diverse and global society. Our holistic approach aims to support our pupil’s Spiritual, Moral, Social and Cultural development (SMSC). The progressive approach of our curriculum allows children to understand key similarities and differences between religions as well as progress to understand how people implement these beliefs into their everyday lives.
Our aim is to prepare our pupils for life in a diverse and multicultural world, enabling them to develop awareness of the fundamental questions raised by human experiences, and of how religious teachings can relate to them. As pupils understanding develops the will respond to such questions with reference to the teachings and practices of religions and other belief systems, as well as relating them to their own understanding and experience.
Year 1 visiting our local church for their wedding, as part of their Celebrations topic.
Our curriculum has been written so that each religion has been designated to a particular year group:
Year 1 – Christianity
Year 2 – Judaism
Year 3 – Islam
Year 4 – Hinduism
Year 5 – Sikhism
Year 6 – Buddhism & Humanism
Each year, the children’s knowledge with develop as they learn about a new religion’s basic principles, divinity, holy book/scriptures, key celebrations, place of worship and an important story.
Whilst learning about the religion’s key content, the children’s discussions about religion develop progressively year on year as our curriculum includes progressive skills centred on tolerance, citizenship, constructive comparisons and communication for each year group. In doing so, we hope to develop understanding, welcoming children who take interest in other people’s beliefs.
Through the year, the children will visit religious buildings and have Celebration Days planned to immerse them in the culture and celebrations. In doing so, we hope for the children to create memories and experiences that promote positive engagement with each religion as their progress through school.
Through our curriculum, we aim to educate our children in the variety of religions that exist in the world.
Furthermore, we aim for our children to understand that everyone is entitled to their own beliefs and that it is important to welcome and celebrate our differences and to be tolerant of one another. In doing so, we hope for our children to leave primary school ready for the rest of their education with an open mind and an awareness of society’s diversity and be role models to other students in how to tolerate and appreciate our differences.
Above all else, we believe this curriculum provides our children with the skills, knowledge and understanding to make a positive contribution to modern British and British society as they mature.