Fell Dyke Primary School

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Religious Education

Our Aim

At Fell Dyke Primary School we believe children have the right to gain knowledge about different faiths. This prepares them for life in modern, multi-cultural Britain and promotes tolerance and understanding of the world around them. All children have the opportunity to explore different faiths and cultures, engage in experiences to help answer questions about life and reflect about their own beliefs.

Curriculum Organisation

In Nursery and Reception, children are encouraged to share their experiences with others so they can appreciate and respect people’s differences and learn other cultures. Christian festivals, such as Easter and Christmas, are celebrated through a play-based curriculum. Children engage in other festivals such as Diwali through Art and Drama.

The children in Year 1 and Year 2 will focus on Christianity and Judaism. They will look at similarities and differences between the two religions. The children will learn about the meaning of prayer, Christian values, the life of Jesus Holy Books and Chanukah and Christmas, relating these to their own experiences.

In Year 3 and Year 4, Islam and The Significance of the Qur’an are introduced. The children further their knowledge of Christianity through studying the structure of the Bible, stories about Jesus, St Peter and the Denial. The children look at important religious figures in major world religions.

In Year 5, children build on their skills and knowledge to study Christian Beliefs and Practices, Identity in Hinduism, Jesus’ Ministry, The Role of Judas and Family Life for Hindus.

Year 6 children build on their knowledge through studying worship in Hinduism, life as a Christian and the work of people inspired by God.

Throughout all years, children are encouraged to share their own beliefs and experiences. Parents are invited into school to share their different cultures and religions. We have ties with Christian, Jewish, Sikh and Islamic leaders, which enhance our curriculum and give the children first hand experiences and the chance to ask meaningful questions.

Knowledge, Progress and Assessment

After completing our RE curriculum, we would expect our children to have acquired a broad and sufficiently deep level of knowledge of a range of religions. To support this, we have designed assessment statements that ensure all children can be challenged at an appropriate level in each year group. These statements link to knowledge and skills and always build on what children have learned earlier in our school. Our teachers will highlight key statements that indicate the level of the children’s understanding once each topic has been completed. The children should show tolerance and understanding of a range of religions including their own. They should recognize key symbols, stories, celebrations and places of worship of a range of religions.