Someries Infant School

Religious education

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The school follows the Religious Education Agreed Syllabus for Bedford Borough, Central Bedfordshire and Luton which encourages children to respect the religious, spiritual and moral values of others and to consider thoughtfully their own values and beliefs.

The teaching of religious education in our school is non-denominational. It informs children about world religions and is not about imparting a faith. Although based mainly on Christian beliefs, other world religions are studied so pupils develop a greater understanding of other cultures and global diversity.

Learning within Religious Education emphasises the following three concepts: Making sense of beliefs, Understanding the Impact of Relgion and Making Connections between ideas. Through exploration of these themes ensures pupils engage with the subject matter at an appropriate level.

All pupils share a collective worship time each day and a yearly programme of themes is planned with religious, cultural, social and moral themes.

Parents have the right to withdraw their child from the teaching of Religious Education. If this is the case then they are asked to contact the Head Teacher.


Religious Education at Someries Infant School

This graphic outlines the key knowledge, skills and understanding pupils will develop in religious education during their education at Someries Infant School as part of our unique Prime Learning Challenge curriculum.

 

Nursery

Pupils in our nursery are able to learn about religious education through various episodes of learning. These experiences are designed to be the building blocks for later learning and build on pupils' current skills. By using familiar concepts, resources and themes, we are enabling pupils to talk about their families, cultures and explore the concepts of values.

Pupils in nursery learn how to answer the following Prime Learning Challenge questions as part of their learning about religion and cultural diversity. Additionally, nursery pupils learn essential skills pertaining to religious education through their learning about values.

  • What colours can we see during Diwali?
  • Is it nearly Christmas?
  • What is in the red envelope? (Chinese New Year and the Festival of Light)
  • Who has left this footprint? (Easter)
  • What is in the egg? (Natural World)
  •  Who is special to me?

Reception

Reception pupils encounter a range of religions including Christianity and other faiths as part of their growing sense of self, their community and their place within it. Study of religious education corroborates with learning in the key areas of learning of 'the world' and 'people and communities'. Pupils in reception learn how to answer the following Prime Learning Challenge questions as part of their learning about religious and cultural diversity:
  • Why is Easter special for Christians?
  • Why is the word ‘God’ so important to Christians?
  • Why does Christmas matter to Christians?
  • Being special: Where do we belong?
  • Which places are specially valued and why? 
  • Which stories are specially valued and why?

Year one

Pupils in year one are able to develop their knowledge and understanding of religions and worldviews. We pay particular attention to recognising local, national and global conexts. By incorporating visitors from various religions into our lessons, we are able to enhance pupils' learning. Teaching in year one focuses on developing knowledge and the ability to recall key facts and this esnures pupils are able to compare and contrast religious beliefs at a later date.

Pupils in year one will learn how to answer the following Prime Learning Challenge questions throughout the year as part of their religious education lessons:

  • What do Christians believe God is like?
  • Why does Christmas matter to Christians? How do we celebrate special times?
  • Who is Jewish and what do they believe?
  • Why does Easter matter to Christians?
  • Who is a Muslim and what do they believe?
  • What makes some place significant? What makes some places sacred to believers?

Year two

Pupils in year two are further challenged to use a range of subject-specific vocabulary and are encouraged to raise questions and express their own views in response to the material they learn about and in response to questions about their ideas. Teaching in year two focuses on enhancing pupils' knowledge of religious beliefs and develops their ability to compare and contrast the main beliefs of various religions which are studied at this key stage.

Pupils in year two will learn how to answer the following Prime Learning Challenge questions throughout the year as part of their religious education lessons:

  • How and why do we celebrate special times?
  • What can we learn from sacred books and stories?
  • How do we show care for others? Why does it matter?
  • How can we show care for the Earth? Why does it matter?
  • Who is an inspiring person? What stories inspire Christian, Muslim or Jewish people?
  • What is the ‘good news’ Christians believe Jesus brings?