RE at Green End
and at our other Trust schools
The curriculum develops skills and knowledge of: expressing, believing and living in a diverse society; an appreciation & acceptance of their community & the wider world; seeing commonality between themselves and others. Learning about different religions should be seen as an act of friendship, to draw closer to others and their culture.
In Nursery and Reception, the children understand that some places are special to members of their community. They explore and understand that people have different beliefs and celebrate special times in different ways. As part of understanding the world, the children continue to develop positive attitudes about the differences between people.
In Year 1, the children learn about the religions of Christianity, Sikhism and Islam. In Christianity, the children understand what a Christian believes and which places are special to Christians and why they are special. The children also visit St Margaret's Church.
The stories are lessons and lots of them help you. I liked listening to the 'The Lost Coin' and asking questions.
"I liked the celebrations. They are important, they bring people together. Baby Jesus brought people together"
In Year 2, the children learn about the religions of Hinduism, Judaism and Buddhism. In Hinduism, the children understand that a Mandir is a sacred place for Hindus and they investigate Hindu beliefs and see how they are conveyed in books.
The children retold the story of Rama and Sita and explained why the story is special in Hinduism. They also visited the Gita Bhavan Hindu Temple
"It was great to learn about the celebration of Diwali. It is exciting to know different stories like Rama and Sita".
"I know some great facts about Hinduism now. I love sharing them. The temple we visited was beautiful".
"I enjoyed understanding the meanings of different words in Islam. It made me want to find out more about that religion and why they are important".
In Year 3, the children learn about the religions of Islam, Christianity and Sikhism. In Islam, the children learn why the Quran is important to Muslims today and interpret some important stories from the Quran. The children also start to notice similarities and differences between Islam and other faiths.
In Year 4, the children learn about the religions of Judaism, Hinduism and Buddhism. In Judaism, the children understand why the Torah is important to Jews today and what we can learn from the Jewish sacred books. They gain an understanding why Yom Kippur is an important festival for Jews. The children compare, noticing similarities and differences between Judaism and other faiths.
"We learnt that the Jews believe in a special prophet named Moses and he was the closest to God. He was the first to write the ten commandments which are rules followed by All Jewish people".
"I have learnt that in Judaism the most important propher is named Moses, but in my religion of Islam we call Moses Propher Musa. He is just as important in both religions".
In Year 5, the children look at what different people believe about God, what it means to be a Muslim in Britain today and Jesus’ teachings. The children look at the religions of Christianity, Islam, Sikhism, Hinduism, Buddhism and Judaism. They reflect on how religion plays and important role in the lives of some people and understand beliefs, teachings, practices and lifestyles and how these are conveyed. The children present different views on why people believe in God or not and compare this to their own values whilst remaining respectful of those with different values.
"It was interesting to see the differences and similarities in why people believe in God. I felt excited to understand others beliefs and think about what I value".
They also visit a Sikh Temple
In Year 6, the children explore the beliefs and ideas about life and death, ethics and values and charity. The children look at religions of Christianity, Islam, Sikhism, Hinduism, Buddhism, Judaism and the humanist perspective. The children compare their values, beliefs and cultures to other people within their community and the wider world. Also, they express their views and opinions. They also visit a Buddhist Temple.
“Buddhists believe in the Buddha and they believe that you are reborn. There is no heaven or hell. Christians and Muslims believe in heaven and hell and they have a judgement day. Humanists have no belief in an afterlife and they seek happiness in this life.”
“Charity is important to all religions.”