Religious Education

Our high-quality R.E. teaching follows an interactive cycle of enquiry as laid out in the Hampshire ‘Living Difference IV’ agreed syllabus. 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Each year group studies one concept each half-term.  In Early Years, these are concepts which are common to all people, such as friendship.  By the end of Year 2, children also learn about some concepts which are shared by many religions, such as creation.  Each cycle begins with the children sharing their own experiences and understanding of the concept, before finding out more about it in the context of either the Christian or Hindu traditions and then having time to reflect upon its value to themselves and others. 

Hampshire has selected four 'golden thread' concepts which 'flow through the curriculum in all key stages'.  We teach two of these in each year group.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

We have selected further concepts which are relevant and meaningful to the children, but also challenging, allowing children the opportunity to discuss ‘big questions’ and to gain insight into how they might grow and develop as a person.  For example, as part of the Year R unit on ‘Friendship’, children reflect upon what makes a good friend and display ideas to help them form positive relationships in the future.  During the Year 2 unit on ‘Peace’, children have the chance to learn about what helps others to feel peaceful and consider which of these strategies might enhance their own lives. 

At St. Michael’s Infant, we use a resource called ‘Understanding Christianity’ to support the Christian units that we teach.  It is a great tool for helping children to understand the ‘big story’ Christians read about in the Bible and ensures that the children’s learning about key Christian concepts progresses securely over the three years they are with us.

We pride ourselves on teaching R.E. in creative and innovative ways.  In Year R, we use persona dolls to introduce key aspects of Christian and Hindu life and they quickly become part of the class!  Art, music and drama all play a regular part in R.E. lessons, enabling children to reflect, respond and communicate their ideas thoughtfully.  We often take R.E. outside the classroom, navigating a sensory labyrinth as we tell the Easter story, for instance.  Collaboration is another vital component of learning in R.E. and children will frequently be found engaged in group tasks to further their understanding, for example sequencing cards from the Christian creation story (Year 1) or ranking statements on a belief line (Year 2).  Children are enthusiastic and engaged about their learning in R.E.  and teachers are often in awe of the depth of children’s insight and the quality of their responses during lessons.

Please see below our R.E. overview which shows in more detail what we teach each half term:

 

 

Autumn 1

Autumn 2

Spring 1

Spring 2

Summer 1

Summer 2

Year R

Concept
(Living Difference)

Special (people)

 

Celebration

(Christmas)

 

Friendship

 

Remembering (Easter)

 

Special Clothes
(in Hindu traditions)

 

Love

(Raksha Bandhan)

 

Unit (Understanding Christianity)

God/Creation

F1

 

Incarnation

F2

Part of Gospel

1.4

Salvation

F3

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Year 1

Concept
(Living Difference)

Thanking (Harvest)

 

Light as a symbol (Advent)

 

Forgiveness

 

Sad and Happy (Easter)

 

Special - Precious (Water – in Hindu traditions)

 

Community

(in Hindu traditions)

Unit (Understanding Christianity)

Creation

1.2

Incarnation

1.3

God

1.1

Salvation

1.5

 

 

Year 2

Concept
(Living Difference)

Good and Evil
(Diwali -in Hindu traditions)

 

Love - Giving

(Christmas)

Peace

 

Belief (Easter)

 

Belonging

 

Creation

(B concept)

(in Hindu traditions)

 

Unit (Understanding Christianity)

 

Incarnation

1.3

Digging Deeper

Gospel

1.4

Salvation

1.5

Digging Deeper

God

1.1

Digging Deeper

 

 

Golden Thread concepts

 

End of year expectations

 

At Communicate

At Apply

At Inquire and Contextualise

At Evaluate

Year 1

express creatively their response to their own experiences of the concepts/words introduced

recognise their responses relate to events in their own lives

recognise what has been taught about the concept/word and how they are used in the tradition studied

in simple terms children recognise something of the value of these concepts/words in the lives of those living in the traditions studied as well as for their own lives and communities

Year 2

express creatively their response to their own experiences of the concepts/words introduced

recognise (in a different way to Year 1) how their responses relate to events in their own and sometimes other people’s lives

simply describe what has been taught about how the concept/word and how it is used in the tradition studied

in simple terms children can discern something of the value of these concepts/words in the lives of those living in the traditions studied as well as for their own lives and communities

 

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