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Religious Education

Our teaching of Religious Education is based on the Norfolk agreed syllabus, which places emphasis on pupils’ exploration of meaning, purpose and value in the study of all religions. Through this approach, children are expected to develop their own beliefs, and respect the rights of other people to hold beliefs different to their own.

The aims of RE are described in the Norfolk Agreed Syllabus. We believe RE is concerned with educating children about religion not about instructing them in a particular faith; the latter is the job of family or faith community.

 The school uses the RE Plans as the basis of what is taught through an enquiry question which makes sure the learners reflect and have to dig deep to make links between faiths, no faith and humanism. 

Norfolk agreed syllabus

Religious Education supports the values of the school curriculum

  • Religious Education reflects the overarching values of the school curriculum, actively promoting the spiritual, moral, social, cultural, physical and intellectual development of the individual and, as a result, enhancing their wellbeing. It places specific emphasis on pupils valuing themselves and others, on the role of the family and the community, on the celebration of diversity in society through understanding similarities and differences, and on care for the environment. Religious Education aims to promote and critically evaluate
    the values of truth, justice and respect for all. Religious Education also recognises the changing nature of society, including changes in religious practice and expression, the influence of religion in the local, national and global community and the critique of religions from non-religious groups and individuals.

Religious Education supports the aims of the school curriculum

Aim 1: The curriculum should enable all children and young people to become successful learners who enjoy learning, make progress and achieve well

  • Religious Education provides opportunities for the development of knowledge, skills and understanding that stimulate pupils’ interest and enjoyment in learning and encourage the best possible progress and attainment for all. It promotes the development of creative and resourceful children and young people who demonstrate both independent and inter-dependent learning. Religious Education makes an important contribution to the essential learning skills of literacy, and information and communication technology. It promotes an enquiring approach, enabling children and young people to think for themselves, to process information, reason, question and evaluate issues of truth, belief, faith and ethics.
  • Religious Education seeks to enable children and young people to develop an
    understanding of the big ideas and events that have shaped - and continue to shape - our world, and encourages them to make sense of these, interpreting the world around them.

Aim 2: The curriculum should enable all children and young people to become confident individuals who are able to live safe, healthy and fulfilling lives

  • Religious Education has a significant role in the promotion of spiritual, moral, social and cultural development. It provokes challenging questions about the meaning and purpose of life, beliefs about God, the nature of reality, ethical issues and what it means to be human. Religious Education seeks to enable children and young people to appreciate their own and others’ beliefs and cultures, and how these impact on individuals, communities and society. It seeks to develop children and young peoples’ awareness of themselves and others, offering opportunities for personal reflection and spiritual development as well as preparing all pupils for the opportunities, responsibilities and experiences of life.

Aim 3: The curriculum should enable all children and young people to become responsible citizens who make a positive contribution to society

  • Religious Education encourages each child and young person to develop a sense of identity and belonging. It aims to promote religious understanding and respect, to promote understanding between those of faith, and to promote understanding between those who are religious and those who are not. It aims to challenge prejudice, discrimination and stereotyping. It is concerned with the promotion of each pupil’s self-worth, enabling them to reflect on their uniqueness as human beings, to share their feelings and emotions with others and to appreciate the importance of forming and maintaining positive relationships.
  • Religious Education seeks to enable pupils to learn about the ways different communities, including those of faith, relate to each other and to society as a whole. In addition, Religious Education is committed to exploring the significance of humanity in relation to the environment, and the beliefs people hold about their responsibility towards it.
  • Religious Education aims to enable children and young people to flourish individually within their communities and as citizens in a diverse society and global community.

Judaism units

Key Stage 1:

  • Why is the Torah such a joy for the Jewish Community?
  • Why do Jewish families talk about repentance at New Year?
  • Why do Jewish families say so many prayers and blessings? 
  • Why is learning to do good deeds so important to Jewish families? 

Upper Key Stage 2: 

  • What symbols and stories help Jewish people remember their covenant with God? •
  • What is holiness for Jewish people: a place, a time, an object, or something else?  

Islam units

Key Stage 1: •

  • How do some Muslims show Allah is compassionate and merciful? 

Lower Key Stage 2: •

  • How does a Muslim show their submission and obedience to Allah?
  • Why do Muslims call Muhammad the ‘Seal of the Prophets’? 

Upper Key Stage 2:

  • What does the Qur’an reveal about Allah and his guidance?
  • How does tawhid create a sense of belonging to the Muslim community?  

Hinduism units  

Lower Key Stage 2:

  • Why does a Hindu want to collect good karma?
  • How does the story of Rama and Sita inspire Hindus to follow their dharma?

Upper Key Stage 2:

  • What spiritual pathways to Moksha are written about in Hindu scriptures?
  • How do questions about Brahman and atman influence the way a Hindu lives? communities and as citizens in a diverse society and global community.

Sikhism units 

Lower Key Stage 2:

  • How does the teaching of the gurus move Sikhs from dark to light?
  • How do Sikhs put their beliefs about equality into practice?

Buddhism units 

Upper Key Stage 2:

  • How did Buddha teach his followers to find enlightenment?
  • How does the Triple Refuge help Buddhists in their journey through life?  

Humanist unit

Upper Key Stage 2:

  • Why do Humanists say happiness is the goal of life?

Other principal religious, other religious beliefs and worldviews

  • Revisiting or encountering the other principal religious, other religious beliefs
    and worldviews (e.g Buddhism, Judaism, Sikhism, Baha’i, Jainism,
    Zoroastrianism and Humanism) touching on various areas of study or looking at one in detail.

Christianity units 

Early Years Foundation Stage: •

  • Why is the word ‘God’ so important to Christians?
  • Why do Christians perform nativity plays at Christmas?
  • How can we help others when they need it?
  • Why do Christians put a cross in an Easter garden?
  • What makes every single person unique and precious? 
  • How can we care for our wonderful world?

Key Stage 1:

  • Why is belonging to God and the church family important to Christians?
  • What did Jesus teach about God in his parables?
  • Why do Christians pray to God and worship him?
  • Why do Christians trust Jesus and follow him?

Lower Key Stage 2:

How do Christians show that reconciliation with God and other  people is important?

  • Why is the cross more than a symbol of sacrifice?
  • What do Christians mean when they talk about the Kingdom of God?
  • How does believing Jesus is their saviour inspire Christians to save and serve others?
  • Why do Christians believe they are people on a mission?

Upper Key Stage 2:

  • Why is the gospel such good news for Christians?
  • What is the great significance of the Eucharist for Christians?
  • How do Christians show their belief that Jesus is God incarnate?
  • Should believing in the resurrection change how Christians view life and death?

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