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RE and Citizenship/British Values

RE CURRICULUM

 

As a church school, our Christian virtues underpin all that we do.

 

Aims and Objectives

Religious education enables children to investigate and reflect on some of the most fundamental questions asked by people. At Oakham Church of England Primary School we develop the children’s knowledge and understanding of the major world faiths and we address the fundamental questions in life, for example the meaning of life and the existence of a divine spirit. We enable children to develop a sound knowledge not only of Christianity but also of other World religions. Children reflect on what it means to have a faith and to develop their own spiritual knowledge and understanding. We help the children learn from religion as well as about religions.

The aims of religious education are to help children:

  • Develop an awareness of spiritual and moral issues in life experiences
  • Develop knowledge and understanding of Christianity and other major world religions and value systems found in Britain.
  • Develop an understanding of what it means to be committed to a religious tradition
  • Be able to reflect on their own experiences and to develop a personal response to the fundamental questions of life
  • Develop an understanding of religious traditions and to appreciate the cultural differences in Britain today
  • Develop investigative and research skills and enable them to make reasonable judgements about religious issues
  • Have respect for other peoples’ views and to celebrate the diversity in society.

 

Teaching and Learning Style

We base our teaching and learning style in RE on the key principle that good teaching in RE allows children both to learn about religious traditions and to reflect on what the religious ideas and concepts mean to them. Our teaching enables children to extend their own sense of values and promotes their spiritual growth and development. We encourage children to think about their own views and values in relation to the themes and topics studied in the RE curriculum. We build on their own experiences and extend their knowledge and understanding of different religious traditions and festivals, inviting in representatives from different religious groups, visiting and taking virtual tours of different places of worship.

 

Curriculum Planning in Religious Education

We plan our religious education in accordance with the Northamptonshire County Council Agreed Syllabus, building on prior learning and ensuring continuity and progression. The long term plan is set out below:

 

Terms 1 and 2

Terms 3 and 4

Terms 5 and 6

 

Foundation Stage

Cycle A 2014/15

 

Harvest

Diwali

Christmas

Our Own Faiths

Easter

Similarities and Differences

Customs and Traditions

Special Times

 

Foundation Stage

Cycle B 2015/16

 

Harvest

Diwali

Christmas

Our Own Faiths

Easter

Similarities and Differences

Customs and Traditions

Special Times

 

Key Stage 1

Cycle A 2014/15

 

Books and stories in Christianity

 

Christmas

 

Torah

Easter

 

People in Christianity

 

Key Stage 1

Cycle B 2015/16

 

 

Family Ties

Or

Questions about God

 

Places in Christianity

 

Easter

 

Family in Judaism

 

Year 3 and 4

Cycle A 2014/15

 

 

The Church Year

Christmas

 

Christianity in Action

 

Values

 

Year 3 and 4

Cycle B 2015/16

 

 

Jesus

 

The Church Year

Easter

 

Islam

 

Year 5 and 6

Cycle A 2014/15

 

 

Buddhism

Hinduism

 

Words of Wisdom

 

Beliefs and Actions

 

Year 5 and 6

Cycle B 2015/16

 

 

Stories of Faith

 

Sikhism

 

Religions in Our Community

British Values at Oakham CofE and The Parks School

Assessment and Recording

We assess children’s work in religious education by making informal judgements as we observe them during the lessons and through marking their work and general questioning.

 

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