Subject Leader – Miss Collins
“Whether one believes in a religion or not … there isn't anyone who doesn't appreciate kindness and compassion.” Dalai Lama
Religious Education (RE) is important as it enables children to learn to show respect for and build bridges between different beliefs and practices, people of different faiths and life stances. RE is taught at Blossomfield Infant School using some of the Discovery RE scheme of work, but also some of our own bespoke planning, to reflect the religious make-up of our school and community. We use an enquiry-based approach to Religious Education, which is exciting and engaging for children. Pupils develop their knowledge and understanding of religions and worldviews within a local, national and global context. Spiritual, moral, social and cultural development is promoted through the RE curriculum and pupils are encouraged to develop characteristics to help them to face the challenge of human life and to become a member of society and respect the rights of each person. The Discovery RE scheme has been integrated with the Solihull agreed syllabus (SACRE) http://www.solgrid.org.uk/sacre/agreed-syllabus/ to ensure all objectives are covered and a range of religions are looked at.
Discovery RE provides an enquiry based question for each half term for each year group and has Spiritual, Moral, Social and Cultural (SMSC) development opportunities as well as British Values. There is also the opportunity for Speaking and Listening skills to be developed through discussions and debates. To help children engage with the process of enquiry, each year group has an owl. You will notice that the number of feathers on their chest denotes the year group. We really enjoy using the owls and use them as a talking tool.
OVERVIEW IN RELIGIOUS EDUCATION FROM NURSERY TO YEAR 2
The statutory requirements for religious education do not extend to nursery classes, although religious education in its broadest sense will form a valuable part of the educational experience of children.
How are our families special?
What makes people special?
Religions: Christianity, Judaism
What did Jesus teach about being kind?
Does God want Christians to look after the world?
The Christmas Story
The Birth of Jesus
Giving and saying thankyou
What is Christmas?
Christian concept: Incarnation
What gifts might Christians in my town have given Jesus if He had been born here rather than in Bethlehem?
Why do Christians believe God gave Jesus to the world?
Cultures and beliefs and those of other people
Chinese New Year
How do people celebrate?
Chinese New Year
What are Holy books?
Religion: Christianity, Islam
Does going to mosque give Muslims a sense of belonging?
The Easter Story
Spring; Signs of new life
What is Easter?
Christian concept: Salvation
Why was Jesus welcomed like a king or celebrity by the crowds on Palm Sunday?
What happened when Jesus went into Jerusalem?
Love and friendship
The Hare and the tortoise
What can we learn from stories?
Religions: Christianity, Hinduism, Islam, Sikhism
Why is it important to belong?
Religion: Sikhism, Christianity, Hinduism
How special is the relationship Jews have with God?
Special Places – Places of worship
What makes places special?
Religions: Christianity, Islam, Judaism
How and why do people pray?
Religion: Buddhism, Christianity, Islam
What can the story of Bhai Lalo (the milk and the blood) tell us about Guru Nanak?