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Southborough Church of England Primary School

Southborough Church of England Primary School

Religious Education

Religious Education

Religious education in a Church school should enable every child to flourish and to live life in all its fullness. (John 10:10). It will help educate for dignity and respect encouraging all to live well together.

Religious Education in Church of England Schools - Statement of Entitlement (2018) The Church of England Education Office

We follow the Kent Agreed Syllabus which states:

The principal aim of RE is to engage pupils in systematic enquiry into significant human questions which religion and worldviews address, so that they can develop the understanding and skills needed to appreciate and appraise varied responses to these questions, as well as develop responses of their own.

 

Within the Kent Agreed Syllabus framework we use Understanding Christianity. This project is produced by the Church of England Education Office and allows us as a church school to develop a deeper understanding of Christianity as a living and diverse faith with a focus on the teaching of Jesus and the Church.

Religious Education is crucial in preparing children for their future by enabling them to develop respect and sensitivity to others. Units covering other major world faiths provide us with opportunities to compare and contrast the roles which religions play within Britain and around the world.  Children learn the diversity of different religions, beliefs, values and traditions, whilst still being encouraged to explore, share and affirm their own faith.

This term in R.E.

 

Reception 

Your child will begin the term by looking at two stories that talk about trust and promises in the Old Testament.  Then, in their topic, ‘Why do Christians perform nativity plays at Christmas?’ they will explore how Christians believe that God came to Earth in human form as Jesus and that he was a special baby because of this and that he came to show that all people are precious and special to God.  They will be able to find the nativity story in the Bible and talk about how Christians perform nativity plays to help children remember the story of the birth of Jesus.  

 

Year 1 

In their topic ‘Incarnation - Why does Christmas matter to Christians?’ your child will explore how Christians believe that Jesus is God and that he was born as a baby in Bethlehem.  They will look at how Christians celebrate Jesus’ birth and that the season of Advent for Christians is a time of getting ready for Jesus’ coming. They will also think about how Christians believe the Bible describes Jesus as extraordinary and that he came to bring good news. 

 

Year 2 

In the topic ‘‘Incarnation - Why does Christmas matter to Christians?’ your child will continue to explore how Christians believe that Jesus is God and that he was born as a baby in Bethlehem.  They discuss the different ways that Christians celebrate Jesus’ birth and that the season of Advent for Christians is a time of getting ready for Jesus’ coming. They will look in greater depth and think about why and how Christians believe the Bible describes Jesus as extraordinary and that he came to bring good news. 

 

Year 3 

In the topic ‘Sikhi – What is important for Sikh people?’ your child will be introduced to the Sikkhi religion by learning that Sikhs believe that there is only one God, who they have several names for. They will also explore hoSikhs try to put the teachings and examples of the 10 gurus into daily practice by living a good life, treating everyone equally and sharing all they have.  They will also discuss the importance for Sikh’s of belonging to a community of believers called the Khalsa and that Khalsa Sikhs wear 5 articles of faith which reminds them of their faith and duty as a Sikh.  

 

Year 4 

In the topic – ‘Incarnation – What is the Trinity?  (Why is Incarnation important to Christians?)’ your child will learn how Christians believe God is Trinity: Father, Son and Holy Spirit.  They will explore how Christians believe the Father creates; he sends the Son who saves his people and that the Son sends the Holy Spirit to his followers.  They will then look in greater depth at how Chriostians think that Jesus, the Son of God, reveals what God the Father is like and that the Holy Spirit is God’s power at work in the world and in their lives today, enabling them to follow Jesus.  They will also discuss how understanding God is challenging and that people spend their whole lives learning more and more about God.   

 

Year 5 

In the topic ‘Incarnation – Was Jesus the Messiah? Your child will learn how Jesus was Jewish and that Christians believe that his birth, life, death and resurrection were part of a longer plan by God to restore the relationship between humans and God.  They will explore how the Old Testament talks about a ‘rescuer’ or ‘anointed one’, a messiah, and that some texts talk about what this ‘messiah’ would be like.  They will think about how Christians believe that Jesus fulfilled these expectations, that they see Jesus as their Saviour and he is the Messiah, although Jewish people do not think Jesus is the Messiah.  

 

Year 6 

In the topic ‘Gospel – What would Jesus do.’ your child will explore how Christians believe that their good news is not just about setting an example for good behaviour and challenging bad behaviour, but that Jesus offers a way to heal the damage done by human sin.  They will look at examples of how Christians see Jesus’ teachings and example cut across expectations  

They will also discuss how Christians believe that they should bring this good news to life in the world in different ways, within their church family, in their personal lives, with family, with their neighbours, in the local, national and global community.   

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