Our Intent for Our Religion and World Views Curriculum
Our RE curriculum is designed to meet the content requirements of the agreed syllabus and many of our lessons are also used in other CWAC schools. There is a set amount of time specified in the agreed syllabus for each religion.
Through this, we:
- Learn to be a member of a diverse society and understand the views and opinions of people whose beliefs and values differ from their own
- Prepare children for a life in a multicultural society; tolerating, empathising and respecting the religious beliefs and traditions of others.
- Make sense of religions and beliefs that are frequently in the news
- To be critical thinkers
Our Implementation for Our Religion and World Views Curriculum
Our RE lessons are based on a big question each half term, we make connections and collect clues to help us to answer the big question. We use concepts as a focus for our lessons and use key words to develop religious literacy and equip us with the skills we need to discuss religion.
Religious Education in Key Stage One is taught for 50 minutes per week and 60 minutes per week in Key Stage Two. In Early Years children will encounter Religion and World Views through stories, using specific words, special books, places, objects, events and where possible visiting places of worship and meeting believers. Children in EYFS will explore festivals and special events throughout the year, allowing children to develop a sense of wonder, curiosity and empathy for the world around them.
We do not use individual books to record our work as we are developing the skills needed to access Religious Education such as discussions, debates and collaboration. We are however in the process of collating Religious Education samples from lessons in EYFS to Year 6 to create a whole school Religious Education book. We will be using QR codes to record activities such as presentations, podcasts, allowing children to showcase their knowledge in various ways. This provides opportunities to unpack concepts through drama, art and ICT.
A more detailed document showing the progression of skills can in the linked files below.
We currently learn about Christianity, Islam and Judaism in Key Stage One. In Key Stage, we learn about Christianity, Hinduism, Sikhism, Islam and Judaism in Key Stage Two. Across the Early Years Foundation Stage, Key Stage One and Key Stage Two, we are introducing a School Values unit. Children will explore the following values in detail:
- Safety and Sensitivity
Our Religious Education prepares children for a life in a multicultural society by reflecting the ongoing attitudes listed below in our lessons.
- Self Esteem
- Working with others
- Sense of Community
At Over Hall, we would like all children to visit three different places of worship before leaving Year 6. Our Religious Education helps us to learn to be a member of a diverse society. Such experiences include: Performing at the local church over the Christmas period by taking part in a Carol Concert, Years 5 take part in the Winsford Education Partnership Christmas Cantata in December as well as our key stage one and EYFS Nativity performances.
Our Impact for Our Religion and World Views Curriculum
Through our teaching and learning of religious education, pupils have a positive view of the subject and are able to enthusiastically communicate their knowledge of world religions. Pupils will feel confident in their ability to accept, value and support others and the faiths they chose to follow. Through our collabortive work, class debates and learning activities, the children learn in a fun, interactive way - ensuring sticky learning of key concepts and vocabulary.
Children will develop attitudes that allow them to tolerate, empathise and respect religious beliefs and tradditions of others.
The curriculum policy for RE can be found in the linked files below.
If you require any further information please see the specific year groups curriculum overview, speak with a class teacher or to Miss Burton, the RE coordinator.
Our Spring One Big Questions
EYFS will be exploring New Life, Shrove Tuesday and Valentine's Day.
What do we think about how the world was made and how we should look after it?
Why is the Bible a special book for Christians?
How do Christians use the Bible to help them with their lives?
How did Jesus teach about God and values through parables?
Why is community and equality important to Sikhs?
What is the Kingdom of God and what do Christians believe about the afterlife?