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Rushden
Primary Academy

Religious Education

Our RE Lead is Jodie Gill.  

Intent 

C: We develop cultural understanding by our learning of many faiths and religions.  

H: We study how different faiths and religions have particular ways to look after their physical and mental health.  

A: We learn about a range of faiths to enhance individuals to aspire to be a role model for their own religion and beliefs. 

I: We aim to create individual identities and beliefs by celebrating diversity.  

R: We nurture relationships to create tolerant, respectful and confident members of the school and wider community.  

At RPA we follow the Discovery RE scheme. As part of this scheme Christianity is taught in every year group, with Christmas and Easter built on every year, developing children’s learning in a progressive way. Hinduism, Islam, Judaism and Sikhism are also taught across the year groups. This aims to provide the children with an understanding of a range of religious beliefs by the time they reach year 6. 

Discovery RE follows a four step Enquiry Approach to Religious Education. The key question for the enquiry is such that it demands an answer that weighs up ‘evidence’ and reaches a conclusion based on this. This necessitates children using their subject knowledge and applying it to the enquiry question, rather than this knowledge being an end in itself. Discovery RE focuses on critical thinking skills, on personal reflection into the child’s own thoughts and feelings, on growing subject knowledge and nurturing spiritual development.

Year 1 Owl

Step 1
Engagement

The human experience underpinning the key question is explored here within the children’s own experience, whether that includes religion or not e.g. a human experience underpinning the question, ‘What is the best way for a Sikh to show commitment to God?’ is ‘commitment’, so lesson 1 aims to help all children resonate with the experience of ‘commitment’ in their own lives. If they can relate to this human experience they will be better able to understand the world of religion into which the enquiry takes them. 

 

Year 2 Owl

Step 2
Investigation

The teacher guides the children through the enquiry, children gaining subject knowledge carefully selected to assist their thinking about the key question.

 

Year 3 Owl

Step 3
Evaluation

This lesson draws together the children’s learning and their conclusions about the key question of that enquiry. This is an assessment task which the teacher can assess by using the age-related expectation descriptors at the end of each enquiry. 

 

Year 4 Owl

Step 4
Expression

Children are taken back to Step 1, their own experience, to reflect on how this enquiry might have influenced their own starting points and beliefs. There is often further evidence for their books produced in this lesson.

 

Summer 2

Year 1: Theme: Chanukah. Key Question: Does celebrating Chanukah help Jewish children feel close to God?

 

Year 2: Theme: Judaism. Key Question: What is the best way for a Jew to show commitment to God?

 

Year 3: Theme: Hindu Beliefs. Key Question: Would visiting the River Ganges feel special to a non-Hindu?

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Year 5: Theme: Christianity. Key Question: What is the best way for a Christian to show commitment to God?

Year 6: Theme: Beliefs and moral values. Key Question: Does belief in Akhirah (life after death) help Muslims lead good lives?

Summer 1

Year 1: Theme: Shabbat. Key Question: Is Shabbat important to Jewish children?

Year 1 have been learning all about the Jewish tradition of Shabbat and learnt that as part of that Challah bread is often eaten. They then tried making their own Challah bread!

Year 2: Theme: The Covenant. Key Question:How special is the relationship Jews have with God?

Year 3: Theme: Hindu Beliefs. Key Question: How can Brahman be everywhere and in everything?

Year 4: Theme: Rites of Passage and good works. Key Question: What is the best way for a Jew to show commitment to God?

Year 5: Theme: Sikhism. Key Question: What is the best way for a Sikh to show commitment to God?

Year 6: Theme: Beliefs and moral values. Key Question: Does belief in Akhirah (life after death) help Muslims lead good lives?

Spring 2

EYFS: Theme: Easter

Key Question: What is Easter?

 

Year 1: Theme: Easter. Key Question: Why was Jesus welcomed like a king or celebrity by the crowds on Palm Sunday?

Year 2: Theme: Easter. Key Question: How important is it to Christians that Jesus came back to life after His crucifixion?

 

Year 3: Theme: Easter. Key Question: What is ‘good’ about Good Friday?

Year 4: Theme: Easter. Key Question: Is forgiveness always possible for Christians?

Year 5: Theme: Easter. Key Question: How significant is it for Christians to believe God intended Jesus to die?

 

Year 6: Theme: Easter. Key Question: Is Christianity still a strong religion 2000 years after Jesus was on Earth?

Spring 1

Year 1: Theme: Jesus as our friend. Key Question: Was it always easy for Jesus to show friendship?

Year 1 have been learning about Christianity and how they believe Jesus showed friendship:

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Year 3: Theme: Jesus' Miracles. Key Question: Could Jesus really heal people? Were these miracles or is there some other explanation?

Year 3 have been learning about Christianity and the miracles they believe Jesus performed:

 

Year 4: Theme: Passover. Key Question: How important is it for Jewish people to do what God asks them to do?

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Year 6: Theme: Beliefs and Meaning. Key Question: Is anything ever eternal?

Autumn 2

EYFS learnt what Christians believe to be the story of the first Christmas and then performed the story!

Year 1: Theme: Christmas. Key Question: What gifts might Christians in my town have given Jesus if he had been born here rather than in Bethlehem? 

Year 2: Theme: Christmas Key Question: Why do Christians belive God gave Jesus to the world?

Year 3: Theme: Christmas. Key Question: Has Christmas lost its meaning?

Year 3 have been learning about different symbols of Christmas:

Year 4: Theme: Christmas. Key Question: What is the most significant part of the Christmas Nativity story for Christmas today?

Year 4 have been learning about the meaning behind a range of symbols of Christmas and discussing their relevance for Christmas today:

 

Year 5: Theme: Christmas. Key Question: Is the Christmas story true?

Year 5 took a trip to the local church where they discussed with a minister the meaning to Christians behind Christmas.

Year 6: Theme: Christmas. Key Question: Do Christmas celebrations and traditions help Christians understand who Jesus was and why he was born?

Autumn 1

EYFS: Theme: Special people. Key Question: What makes people special?

EYFS have been learning and discussing people who are special to them such as family members and why.

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Year 2: Theme: What did Jesus teach? Key Question: Is it possible to be kind to everyone all of the time?

 

 

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Year 6: Theme

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