Religious Education explores the meaning and significance of the many beliefs and practices of world faiths. It encourages us to ask big questions and carry out enquiries, exploring key religious beliefs and values. Religious Education develops a respect for cultural and religious difference and diversity, which in turn enables us to contribute positively to a cohesive and compassionate modern British society.
“My religion is very simple. My religion is kindness.”
Children relate to the concept of Specialness through the celebration of Birthdays, the study of the Hindu festival of light, Diwali and the Christian Nativity. Understanding Specialness enables the children to develop a positive sense of self and through the exploration of difference between themselves and others, they learn how to develop respect and thoughtfulness. They become aware of how faith embraces New Life and change through the study of the Chinese New Year and the Christian celebration of Easter. They are able to see how celebration and tradition affects their families and their communities. Understanding how to make a positive contribution to society, is explored through storytelling about the role of Jesus in the Christian faith.
“You have brains in your head. You have feet in your shoes. You can steer yourself any direction you choose. You’re on your own. And you know what you know. And YOU are the one who’ll decide where to go.”
Children explore the concepts of Thanksgiving and Sharing through the study of the Jewish celebration of Sukkot and the Christian Harvest. They look at how communities show thanks to one another and discuss how they can make a positive contribution to their community by donating to a local Food Bank Appeal. The children study the role of Angels in faith, particularly within the Christian Nativity story. They explore the concept of sharing good news and bringing hope to the world by writing their own wishes for the future.
“True religion is real living; living with all one’s soul, with all one’s goodness and righteousness.”
Children explore how different faith communities represent the concept of God. They further explore the role of God within those different faiths and how God is represented. They share their opinions surrounding the concept of God. Through the Christian celebration of Advent and the Jewish celebration of Hannukah the children explore the symbolism of Light. They discuss the emotions associated with candle light and its importance to religious ceremony and celebration.
“Just as a candle cannot burn without fire, men cannot live without a spiritual life.”