Religious Education

Religion and beliefs inform our values and are reflected in what we say and how we behave. RE is an important subject in itself, developing an individual’s knowledge and understanding of the religions and beliefs which form part of contemporary society.

Religious education provokes challenging questions about the ultimate meaning and purpose of life, beliefs about God, the self and the nature of reality, issues of right and wrong, and what it means to be human. It can develop pupils’ knowledge and understanding of Christianity, of other principal religions, other religious traditions and worldviews that offer answers to questions such as these.

RE also contributes to pupils’ personal development and well-being and to community cohesion by promoting mutual respect and tolerance in a diverse society. RE can also make important contributions to other parts of the school curriculum such as citizenship, personal, social, health and economic education (PSHE education), the humanities, education for sustainable development and others. It offers opportunities for personal reflection and spiritual development, deepening the understanding of the significance of religion in the lives of others – individually, communally and cross-culturally.

The Spiritual aspect of spiritual, moral, social and cultural development (SMSC) is embedded in our lessons, with pupils often being given opportunity to reflect on how the things they have learnt can affect and influences their own lives.

Pupils’ spiritual development is shown by their:

  • Beliefs, religious or otherwise, which inform their perspective on life 

   and their interest in and respect for different people’s feeling and values

  • Sense of enjoyment and fascination in learning about themselves,

   others and the world around them, including the intangible

  • Use of imagination and creativity in their learning
  • Willingness to reflect on their experiences.

At Edmonton County Primary School, Religious Education is taught through Cultural Days which takes place 3 times a year, Autumn 2, Spring 2 and Summer 2.

Key Stage 1 (Years 1 & 2)

Topics / themes covered in Year 1

Topics / themes covered in Year 2

Key skills / knowledge covered

RE has an important part to play as part of a broad, balanced and coherent curriculum to which all pupils are entitled. High quality learning experiences in RE are designed and provided by careful planning through locally agreed syllabuses and in schools, taking into account the need to offer breadth of content, depth of learning and coherence between concepts, skills and content.

The principal focus of RE for children and young people:

provokes challenging questions about the meaning and purpose of life, beliefs, the self, issues of right and wrong, and what it means to be human. It develops pupils’ knowledge and understanding of Christianity, other principal religions, and religious traditions that examine these questions, fostering personal reflection and spiritual development

  • encourages pupils to explore their own beliefs (whether they are religious or non-religious), in the light of what they learn, as they examine issues of religious belief and faith and how these impact on personal, institutional and social ethics; and to express their responses. This also builds resilience to anti-democratic or extremist narratives
  • enables pupils to build their sense of identity and belonging, which helps them flourish within their communities and as citizens in a diverse society
  • teaches pupils to develop respect for others, including people with different faiths and beliefs, and helps to challenge prejudice
  • prompts pupils to consider their responsibilities to themselves and to others, and to explore how they might contribute to their communities and to wider society. It encourages empathy, generosity and compassion.

Link to relevant National Curriculum document on DfE website OR pdf download

https://assets.publishing.service.gov.uk/government/uploads/system/uploads/attachment_data/file/190260/DCSF-00114-2010.pdf

How parents can support their child and links to useful websites

BBC Bitesize

BBC Bitesize is a very good website to find out more information for all the religions taught Islam, Judaism, Christianity, Hinduism, Buddhism and Sikhism. It also includes useful videos.

https://www.bbc.com/bitesize/subjects/zxnygk7

Judaism – Meet a Jewish Family

A child introduces her home and family and describes some of the

artefacts and traditions of a Jewish family home.

Judaism – Meet a Jewish Family

https://www.bbc.com/bitesize/clips/zd9jxnb 

The Sikh’s Five K’s  

A Sikh girl introduces her family and explains the significance

of each of the five Ks – the five articles of faith that

Khalsa Sikhs wear at all times.

The Sikh’s Five K’s

 https://www.bbc.com/bitesize/clips/z4sb9j6

 A Christian Baptism Story

A shawl, needed for an upcoming baptism, is nowhere to be found,

but the expectant family cat may have the answer.

A Christian Baptism Story

https://www.bbc.com/bitesize/clips/zhq6sbk 

A Christian Baptism

Part 1  

A family is shown preparing food for a baptism celebration, with the narration provided by the baby’s older brother. In the church, the vicar explains that when

the baby is baptised, he becomes part of God’s family and can listen to stories about Jesus in the Bible. The vicar also explains that baptism is a new beginning and

the sign of the cross shows that the baby is special to God.

A Christian Baptism Part 1

https://www.bbc.com/bitesize/clips/zm87tfr 

A Christian Baptism

Part 2  

Baby Jamie is being baptised in a church. Jamie’s older brother explains

that the parents and godparents make a promise to help Jamie grow up to be a Christian. The vicar pours water from the font over Jamie’s head.

He says Jamie’s full name and makes the sign of the cross.

A candle is lit to symbolise Jamie shining like a light.

A Christian Baptism Part 2

https://www.bbc.com/bitesize/clips/zr34wmn 

The Christian  Parable of the Good Samaritan

The story of the Good Samaritan, as told by Jesus in one of the gospels

of the New Testament. A traveller is beaten up and robbed, and left for dead

along the road. A priest comes by, but deliberately avoids the man.

A lawyer also comes by but he too avoids the injured.

Finally, a Samaritan comes by, and he helps the injured man,

in an act of mercy and compassion.

The Christian Parable of the Good Samaritan

https://www.bbc.com/bitesize/clips/zcyr8 

Lower Key Stage 2 (Years 3 & 4)

Topics / themes covered in Year 3

Topics / themes covered in Year 4

Key skills / knowledge covered

RE has an important part to play as part of a broad, balanced and coherent curriculum to which all pupils are entitled. High quality learning experiences in RE are designed and provided by careful planning through locally agreed syllabuses and in schools, taking into account the need to offer breadth of content, depth of learning and coherence between concepts, skills and content.

The principal focus of RE for children and young people:

  • provokes challenging questions about the meaning and purpose of life, beliefs, the self, issues of right and wrong, and what it means to be human. It develops pupils’ knowledge and understanding of Christianity, other principal religions, and religious traditions that examine these questions, fostering personal reflection and spiritual development
  • encourages pupils to explore their own beliefs (whether they are religious or non-religious), in the light of what they learn, as they examine issues of religious belief and faith and how these impact on personal, institutional and social ethics; and to express their responses. This also builds resilience to anti-democratic or extremist narratives
  • enables pupils to build their sense of identity and belonging, which helps them flourish within their communities and as citizens in a diverse society
  • teaches pupils to develop respect for others, including people with different faiths and beliefs, and helps to challenge prejudice
  • prompts pupils to consider their responsibilities to themselves and to others, and to explore how they might contribute to their communities and to wider society. It encourages empathy, generosity and compassion.

Link to relevant National Curriculum document on DfE website OR pdf download

https://assets.publishing.service.gov.uk/government/uploads/system/uploads/attachment_data/file/190260/DCSF-00114-2010.pdf

How parents can support their child and links to useful websites

BBC Bitesize

BBC Bitesize is a very good website to find out more information for all the religions taught Islam, Judaism, Christianity, Hinduism, Buddhism and Sikhism. It also includes useful videos.

https://www.bbc.com/bitesize/subjects/zxnygk7

Judaism – The Story of the Passover

Preparations for the Passover Seder table. Jewish Passover traditions are

described and the story of the Jews enslavement in Egypt, and the ten plagues

during the time of Moses, is told in a short animated film. The significance

of the foods on the Seder Plate is also discussed.

Judaism – The Story of the Passover

https://www.bbc.com/bitesize/clips/zmq6sbk

Islam   Wudu – Washing and preparation for prayer

Muslim children show how they prepare for prayer by washing in a special way.

They explain that this is called Wudu and show how to carry it out. The footage also shows Muslims praying together before meeting with others to pray

at the mosque to celebrate Eid al-Fitr

Islam Wudu – Washing and preparation for prayer

https://www.bbc.com/bitesize/clips/zfhyr82

A Christian Baptism

Part 1  

A family is shown preparing food for a baptism celebration, with the narration provided by the baby’s older brother. In the church, the vicar explains that when

the baby is baptised, he becomes part of God’s family and can listen to stories about Jesus in the Bible. The vicar also explains that baptism is a new beginning and

the sign of the cross shows that the baby is special to God.

A Christian Baptism Part 1

https://www.bbc.com/bitesize/clips/zm87tfr

A Christian Baptism

Part 2  

Baby Jamie is being baptised in a church. Jamie’s older brother explains

that the parents and godparents make a promise to help Jamie grow up to be a Christian. The vicar pours water from the font over Jamie’s head.

He says Jamie’s full name and makes the sign of the cross.

A candle is lit to symbolise Jamie shining like a light.

A Christian Baptism Part 2

https://www.bbc.com/bitesize/clips/zr34wmn

Judaism – Meet a Jewish Family

A child introduces her home and family and describes some of the

artefacts and traditions of a Jewish family home.

Judaism – Meet a Jewish Family

https://www.bbc.com/bitesize/clips/zd9jxnb

Upper Key Stage 2 (Years 5 & 6)

Topics / themes covered in Year 5

Topics / themes covered in Year 6

Key skills / knowledge covered

RE has an important part to play as part of a broad, balanced and coherent curriculum to which all pupils are entitled. High quality learning experiences in RE are designed and provided by careful planning through locally agreed syllabuses and in schools, taking into account the need to offer breadth of content, depth of learning and coherence between concepts, skills and content.

The principal focus of RE for children and young people:

  • provokes challenging questions about the meaning and purpose of life, beliefs, the self, issues of right and wrong, and what it means to be human. It develops pupils’ knowledge and understanding of Christianity, other principal religions, and religious traditions that examine these questions, fostering personal reflection and spiritual development
  • encourages pupils to explore their own beliefs (whether they are religious or non-religious), in the light of what they learn, as they examine issues of religious belief and faith and how these impact on personal, institutional and social ethics; and to express their responses. This also builds resilience to anti-democratic or extremist narratives
  • enables pupils to build their sense of identity and belonging, which helps them flourish within their communities and as citizens in a diverse society
  • teaches pupils to develop respect for others, including people with different faiths and beliefs, and helps to challenge prejudice
  • prompts pupils to consider their responsibilities to themselves and to others, and to explore how they might contribute to their communities and to wider society. It encourages empathy, generosity and compassion.

Link to relevant National Curriculum document on DfE website OR pdf download

https://assets.publishing.service.gov.uk/government/uploads/system/uploads/attachment_data/file/190260/DCSF-00114-2010.pdf

How parents can support their child and links to useful websites

BBC Bitesize

BBC Bitesize is a very good website to find out more information for all the religions taught Islam, Judaism, Christianity, Hinduism, Buddhism and Sikhism. It also includes useful videos.

https://www.bbc.com/bitesize/subjects/zxnygk7

Judaism – An introduction to Shabbat

A family show us how they prepare for Shabbat, or sabbath, as well as telling us

why it is special and different from other times of the week. Starting on Friday

evening and ending on Saturday evening, Shabbat means a day of rest,

so any work needs to be done in advance of the day.

This includes food preparation and cleaning, and it also means

that homework is not allowed.

Judaism – An introduction to Shabat

https://www.bbc.com/bitesize/clips/zs2hyrd

The Sikh’s Five K’s  

A Sikh girl introduces her family and explains the significance

of each of the five Ks – the five articles of faith that

Khalsa Sikhs wear at all times.

The Sikh’s Five K’s

 https://www.bbc.com/bitesize/clips/z4sb9j6