Religious Education (R.E.) Curriculum

Here at St Paul's Peel C.E. Primary School, we are a voluntary controlled school but we are the Church School linked to St Paul's Peel Church.

Religious education (RE) makes a distinctive contribution to our balanced and broadly-based school curriculum which:
*promotes the spiritual, moral, social, cultural, mental and physical development of pupils and of society; and
*prepares pupils for the opportunities, responsibilities and experiences of later life

Religion and beliefs inform our values and are reflected in what we say and how we behave. Religious education provokes challenging questions about the ultimate meaning and purpose of life, beliefs about God, the self and the nature of reality, issues of right and wrong and what it means to be human. It develops pupils' knowledge and understanding of the nature of religion and belief including Christianity, other principal religions, other religious traditions, and world views that offer answers to these challenging questions. It offers opportunities for personal reflection and spiritual development. It enhances awareness and understanding of religions and beliefs, teachings, practices and forms of expression, and of the influence of religion on individuals, families, communities and cultures.

RE encourages pupils to learn from different religions, beliefs, values and traditions, while exploring their own beliefs and questions of meaning. It challenges pupils to reflect on, consider, analyse, interpret and evaluate issues of truth, belief, faith and ethics and to communicate their responses.

RE contributes to pupils' personal development and well-being and to community cohesion by promoting mutual respect and tolerance in a diverse society. It encourages them to develop their sense of identity and belonging. It enables them to flourish individually within their communities and as citizens in a diverse society and global community. RE has an important role in preparing pupils for adult life, employment and lifelong learning. It enables pupils to develop respect for and sensitivity to others, in particular those whose faiths and beliefs are different from their own. It promotes discernment and enables pupils to combat prejudice.

RE can also make important contributions to other parts of the school curriculum such as citizenship, personal, social, health and economic (PSHE) education, the humanities and the arts, education for sustainable development.

We follow the Salford Syllabus:

Early Years Foundation Stage: End of Unit Statement:
Children should be given opportunities to:
* Begin to explore the world of religion in terms of special people, books, times, places and objects and by visiting places of worship.
* Listen to and respond to stories.
* Begin to be introduced to religious words.
* Use their senses in exploring religion and beliefs, practices and forms of expression.
* Reflect their own feelings and experiences.
* Use their imagination and curiosity to develop their appreciation and wonder of the world in which they live.

Key Stage 1
General principles of approaches to this key stage:
* Believing - what people believe about God, humanity and the natural world
* Story - how and why some stories are sacred and important in religion
* Celebrations - how and why celebrations are important in religion
* Symbols - how and why symbols express religious meaning
* Leaders and teachers - figures who have an influence on others locally, nationally and globally in religion
* Belonging - where and how people belong and why belonging is important
* Myself - who I am and my uniqueness as a person in a family and community

Christianity:
* Life of Jesus
* Christmas / Easter
* Places of Christian worship

Judaism:
* Abraham and Moses
* Shabbat / Hannukah / Pesach

Key Stage 2
General principles of approaches to this key stage:
* Beliefs and questions - how people's beliefs about God, the world and others impact on their lives
* Teachings and authority - what sacred texts and other sources say about God, the world and human life
* Worship, pilgrimage and sacred places - where, how and why people worship, including at particular sites
* Symbols and religious expression - how religious and spiritual ideas are expressed
* Inspirational people - figures from whom believers find inspiration
* Religion and the individual - what is expected of a person in following a religion or belief
* Religion, family and community - how religious families and communities practise their faith, and the contributions this makes to local life

Christianity:
* Teachings of Jesus
* Main beliefs
* Symbolism of cross
* Forms of worship
* Bible
* Inspirational Christians

Buddhism:
* Life and teachings of The Buddha
* Symbolism of Wheel

Hinduism:
* Divali and other festivals
* Reincarnation
* Pilgrimages
* Gandhi
* Some gods and goddesses

Islam:
* Life of Muhammad and the spread of Islam
* Ramadan
* Pillars of Islam
* Mosques
* Pilgrimages

Judaism:
* Features of synagogue
* Other Jewish festivals
* Main beliefs and practices
* Inspirational Jews

Sikhism:
* Guru Nanak
* Gurdwara
* Five Ks

Non-religious beliefs:
* Main beliefs of Humanists

General:
* Study how two or more of these religions respond to the journey of life and death - why some occasions are sacred to believers, and what people think about life after death
* Study how two or more of these religions respond to beliefs in action in the world - how religions and beliefs respond to global issues of human rights, fairness, social justice and the importance of the environment.