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Religious Education

Purpose of the Curriculum

(What will a high quality R.E education do for our children?)

 

  • Offer a clear presentation of the Christian story and Jesus Christ
  • Teach a positive portrayal of the multi-cultural and global nature of the Christian faith
  • A promotion of key gospel themes e.g. love, forgiveness etc.
  • Give accurate and sympathetic teaching of the beliefs and values of other faiths
  • To enhance pupils’ awareness of different religious teaching, practices and forms of expression.

 

Aim of the Curriculum

By the end of their time at St Mary & St Margaret’s CE Primary, all pupils should be able to:

 

  • See how the truth of Christianity is relevant today and face the challenge of Jesus’ teaching in a pluralist and postmodern society
  • Experience the breadth and variety of the Christian community
  • Become active citizens, serving their neighbour
  • Understand how religious faith can sustain them in difficult circumstances and in the face of opposition
  • Develop a sense of themselves as significant, unique and precious
  • Be given many opportunities to reflect at their own level on life experiences, in order to deepen their understanding of the meaning of life and reflect upon ultimate questions
  • Learn about other faiths, their beliefs, traditions and practices and from them through encounter and dialogue
  • Develop a positive attitude and understanding of other faiths and beliefs to enable him/her to live and work with fellow citizens of diverse religions, cultural and ethnic origins and those with no religious belief
  • Have a window into the spiritual dimension of life, and be able to appreciate how religious beliefs shape life and contribute to personal morality and social responsibility.

 

Key Stage One Objectives:

 

  • To stimulate the imagination of the child to want to explore what it means to be a person of faith.
  • To introduce an understanding of God, according to Anglican belief and doctrine.
  • To recognise the importance of religious commitment to believers.
  • To recognise and understand the difference between right and wrong, with reference to the Bible.

 

To know about:

  • Selected Old Testament and New Testament stories, and how they help Christians today.
  • The meaning and formulation of prayer and ways in which people pray, including the Lord’s Prayer.
  • The ways in which people worship in the local community with particular reference to St. Mary & St. Margaret’s Parish Church.
  • Christian festivals and calendar, and celebrations of other major faiths.
  • Family ceremonies.
  • Some Christian Symbols e.g. The Cross.

 

Develop skills:

  • To recognise that religion has a language of its own.
  • To use a variety of sources providing information about religion.
  • To begin to express in a variety of ways, feelings, opinions and beliefs.
  • To enter imaginatively into the experiences of others.
  • To think about and reflect upon one’s experiences.

 

Encourage positive attitudes where children are able:

  • To value oneself as an unique human being and consider the worth of others.
  • To value truth and be honest about personal feelings, attitudes and actions.
  • To develop an enquiring approach to life generally and in particular to the fundamental and religious questions life poses.
  • To develop an awareness of one’s own capacity to contribute to the well being of others in the family, school, church and wider community.
  • To develop a respect for people and the beliefs they hold.
  • To develop a respect for the natural world as God’s creation.
  • To develop a respect for the natural world as a place shared with fellow human beings.

 

Enable children:

  • To respond to spiritual experiences and to examine questions derived from human experience.
  • To seek to give practical expressions to experiences of self-awareness and responsibility to others.
  • To build relationships in the wider world.
  • To appreciate their experience of a range of human emotion.

 

Key Stage 2 Objectives:

 

  • To deepen the child’s understanding of God and what is meant by a personal faith and commitment to God.
  • To appreciate the meaning of a spiritual dimension to life.
  • To extend awareness that people commit themselves to God and respond in prayer, worship and service.
  • To explore the influence of religious commitment on people’s daily lives.
  • To recognise and understand the difference between right and wrong based on Biblical teaching.
  • To begin to understand the significance of symbols.

 

To know about:

  • Sacred writings and their importance to believers.
  • Stories from the Bible in order to create a wider knowledge and understanding and to begin to develop a sense of chronology.
  • Significant elements of Christian teaching as contained in the Creed.
  • The effect of faith on the lives of ordinary people.
  • The lives of outstanding people of faith and the actions of such people as expressions of faith.
  • The meaning of prayer, and the pattern of the Lord’s Prayer.
  • Places of worship of religious groups in the local and wider community.
  • The Ten Commandments and the Sermon on the Mount and to be aware that people of faith have codes by which they live.
  • A widening range of religious customs and celebrations.
  • Some religious symbolism and ritual.

 

Develop skills:

  • To begin to develop the ability to use and understand the language of Christianity and other religions.To pose questions and seek reasoned answers.
  • To develop the ability to enter imaginatively into the experiences of others.
  • To reflect on one’s own experiences and to consider those of others.

 

Encourage positive attitudes where children are able:

  • To appreciate that relationships involve response and responsibility.
  • To value truth and be honest about one’s feelings, attitudes and actions.
  • To show sensitivity towards and develop an evaluative approach to religious beliefs, practices and institutions.
  • To evaluate personal and shared experiences.
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