Religious Education

Religious Education Coordinator – Mrs O Gara

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RE overview
RE Vocabulary
RE Information Leaflet

RE Policy

SMSC and British Values in RE

Intent

At Moat Farm Infant School, the aim of Religious Education is to help children to acquire and develop knowledge and understanding of Christianity and the other principle religious represented in Great Britain. Furthermore, our main aim in Religious Education is to appreciate the way that religious beliefs shape lives and behaviour, develop the ability to make reasoned and informed judgements about religious and moral issues.

Religious Education is taught throughout the school in such a way as to reflect the overall aims, values and philosophy of the school. At Moat Farm Infant School, Religious Education plays an important role, along with all other curriculum areas, particularly PSHE, in promoting the spiritual, moral, social and cultural development of our children. This is achieved through an exciting and positive learning environment.

Implementation

At Moat Farm Infant School, the following religions have been selected for study:

  • Christianity
  • Islam
  • Sikhism

As Christianity is the predominant religion in our school’s pupil population and in the community, Christianity is the chosen faith for Progressed Study. At Moat Farm Infant School, we have also chosen to study Islam and Sikhism due to our school’s pupil population and the surrounding community.

In Reception, children learn predominantly about Christianity and the main religious festivals. In Year One, children learn about Christianity and Islam, comparing their similarities and differences. In Year Two, children study and compare Christianity, Islam and Sikhism. R.E. is taught in units to allow for cross-curricular links and involvement of parents or other members of the community. Furthermore, children attend R.E. trips to different places of worship to allow children to have a hands-on learning experience.

Children also attend regular assemblies, which consist of a range of religious stories covering all three of the religions studied.

Religious Education is planned by teachers to link with key dates and religious festivals, providing opportunities to celebrate festivals and religions with greater relevance and consistency. Work is recorded in R.E. books, which follow the children throughout the school to show each child’s personal journey in Religious Education.

Religious Education allows our children to develop their basic skills through our four curriculum drivers:

‘Learning for life’- Children have the opportunities to develop their skills to tackle life in modern Britain and the wider world.

‘Possibilities’- Children explore, learn and understand a range of beliefs through a positive learning environment.

‘Creative and expressive art’- Children have rich opportunities in R.E. to explore themselves.

‘Enterprise’- Children are encouraged to learn skills for life and skills for working in multicultural Britain.

Impact

Children at Moat Farm Infant School enjoy learning about other religions and why people choose, or choose not to follow a religion. Through their R.E. learning, the children are able to make links between their own lives and those of others in their community and in the wider world. Religious Education allows our children to develop an understanding of other people’s cultures and ways of life, which they are then able to communicate to the wider community.

Useful websites:

Reception (Christianity)

Easter/Creation story

https://www.bbc.co.uk/cbeebies/stories/lets-celebrate-easterperformance

https://www.bbc.co.uk/bitesize/clips/z62hyrd

https://www.bbc.co.uk/bitesize/clips/zm87tfr

https://www.familyeducation.com/fun/easter-activities-crafts/top-10-easter-activities-families

Year 1 (Christianity/Islam)

Easter/The Five Pillars

https://www.bbc.co.uk/cbeebies/stories/lets-celebrate-easterperformance

https://www.theschoolrun.com/homework-help/islam

https://www.bbc.co.uk/bitesize/topics/zj3d7ty/resources/1

https://www.bbc.co.uk/bitesize/clips/z4gkq6f

Year 2 (Christianity/Sikhism)

Easter/The Five Ks

https://www.bbc.co.uk/cbeebies/stories/lets-celebrate-easterperformance

http://www.bbc.co.uk/religion/religions/sikhism/

https://www.bbc.co.uk/bitesize/topics/zsjpyrd/resources/1