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A Message from Miss Purdy-subject leader

I have the joy of leading Religious Education throughout the school. My passion is to ensure RE lessons are interesting, challenging and a time during which children can reflect on their own beliefs and those of others.  Throughout the year, I monitor the teaching of RE and children's books to ensure children have the very best learning opportunities. Lesson observations indicate that overall teaching is good with 40% outstanding. 

 

Following an analysis of monitoring last year ( 2016-17), a decision was made to reinvigorate RE by introducing a new scheme which would provide opportunities for children to work at depth. This scheme is in line with the Agreed Syllabus for RE in Sunderland and Durham. It was selected because starting points for each module begin with the children and their experiences in life. and ask a question for children to investigate. For instance, Year 5 are asked to consider the difference between purpose and destiny. Here are some of their responses:

 

  • Destiny means that you don't really have a choice because it's already planned for you and you don't have any control over it. (Ben E)
  • Destiny means that there's a plan already set out and you can't do anything to change it. (Frances)
  • Someone with destiny is Queen Elizabeth 11. She was forced to be Queen because of who her dad was. (Ben W)
  • Purpose means you choose what you are going to do. (Susannah)
  • An example of purpose in Martin Luther King when he won the Nobel Peace Prize (Aaron)
  • I would like to be a dance teacher but this is a plan not  destiny. (Macy)
  • We can't always reach our goals...it' s like Mrs Houston being a footballer. Destiny sometimes comes in. (Joe)
  • My plan for life is to be a comedian....I think I'm quite funny (Finley)
  • Sometimes you want to achieve your goal but sometimes destiny pushes you in the wrong direction. (Arron)

 

Schemes are considered by teachers to be the basis for planning work but are adapted to suit the needs of the class. Also to consider within our planning is the rich cultural heritage of the North East and how we can enhance our learning through visiting "experts" and visits out.

 

Teachers assess each pupil continually and make a judgement when completing modules. Teachers decide whether children are at a basic, advancing or deep level. Advancing is where we would expect the majority of the class to be.  However, we believe in a challenge and support curriculum so assessments help us to plan strategies and activities to help children at basic level move towards advancing and, similarly, enable us to find ways for children to work at a more deep level. Assessments are handed to me twice a year so that the progress of children and groups can be monitored, teachers challenged and, determined to continue to improve standards, they are at the core of professional dialogue .

 

Standards in RE in Our School April 2018

88% of children between Years 1 to 6 are attaining Age Related Expectations or better.

22% of children between years 1 to 6 are working at a deeper level.

 

Mrs Houston (Yr 5 teacher) described her RE teaching this year as being on a completely different sphere. She says that the children particularly like how the programme begins with their own experiences and works outwards from there.

 

In September 2017 the areas identified for raising standards in RE include:

 

  • Providing an enquiry based RE curriculum to further challenge children and to think more deeply.
  • Make links with the arts, in particular art and music.
  • To develop links with religious places and people in the locality.
  • To move teaching to be outstanding overall.

 

 

Discovering cultures and religions

Discovering cultures and religions 1
Discovering cultures and religions 2
Discovering cultures and religions 3
Discovering cultures and religions 4
Religious Education in the Foundation Stage
AUTUMN 1 AUTUMN 2 SPRING 1 SPRING 2 SUMMER 1 SUMMER 2

Religions:Christianity, Judaism

 

 

Theme: Special people

Religions: Christianity

 

 

Theme:Christmas

Religions: Hinduism

 

 

 

Theme: Celebrations

Religions: Christianity

 

 

Theme: Easter

 

Religions: Christianity/Hinduism/Islam/ Sikhism

 

Theme: Stories

 

 

Religions:

Christianity, Islam, Judaism

 

Theme: Special Places

Key Question:What makes people special? Key Question:What is Christmas? Key Question: How do people celebrate? Key Question: What is Easter? ​​​​​​​Key Question: What can we learn from stories? ​​​​​​​Key Question: What makes places special?

 

Religious Education in Year 1 2017-18

 

AUTUMN 1 AUTUMN 2 SPRING 1 SPRING 2 SUMMER 1 SUMMER 2

 

Religion:

Christianity

 

Theme:

Creation Story

 

Concept:

God/Creation

 

Religion:

Christianity

 

Theme:

Christmas 

 

Concept:

Incarnation

Religion:

Christianity

 

Theme: Jesus as a friend

 

Concept:

Incarnation

 

Religion:

Christianity

 

Theme:

Easter-Palm Sunday

 

Concept:

Salvation

 

Religion:

Judaism

 

Theme:

Shabbat

 

 

 

Religion:

Judaism

 

Theme:

Rosh Hashanah and Yom Kippur

 

 

 

Key Question:

Does God want Christians to look after the world?

Key Question:

What gifts might Christians in my town have given Jesus if he had been born here rather than in Bethlehem?

 

Key Question:

Was it always easy for Jesus to show friendship?

 

Key Question:

Why was Jesus welcomed like a king or celebrity by the crowds on Palm Sunday?

 

Key Question  

Is Shabbat important to Jewish children?

 

Key Question:

Are Rosh Hashanah and Yom Kippur important to Jewish children?

 

We will also listen to and discuss stories from Buddhism.

Religious Education in Year 2 2017-18

 

AUTUMN 1  AUTUMN 2 SPRING 1 SPRING 2 SUMMER 1 SUMMER 2

Religion: Christianity

 

Theme: What did Jesus teach?

kindness

 

Literacy link: we are learning to retell Bible stories.

 

 

Concept: Gospel

Religion: Christianity

 

Theme: Christmas-Jesus as a gift from God

 

Literacy link: George Saves The World By Lunchtime

 

 

Concept: Incarnation

Religion: Judaism

 

Theme: Passover

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Religion: Christianity

 

Theme-Easter

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Concept:Salvation

Religion: Judaism

 

 Theme: The Covenant

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Religion: Judaism 

 

Theme: Rites of Passage and good works-Bar Mitzvah

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Key Question:

Is it possible to be kind to everyone all of the time?

 

 

Key Question: 

Why do Christians believe God gave Jesus to the world?

 

 

Key Question: 

How important is it for Jewish people to do what God asks them to do?

 

Key Question: 

How important is it to Christians that Jesus came back to life after his crucifixion?

 

Key Question: 

How special is the relationship Jews have with God?

 

 

Key Question:  What is the best way for a Jew to show commitment to God?

 

 

 

We will also listen to and discuss stories from Buddhism.

Religious Education 2017-18 Year 3 

 

AUTUMN 1 AUTUMN 2 SPRING 1 SPRING 2 SUMMER 1 SUMMER 2

Religion:Sikhism

 

Theme: Sikh Beliefs

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Religion: Christianity

 

Theme: Christmas

 

Concept: Incarnation

 

 

 

 

Religion: Christianity

 

Theme: Jesus' Miracles

 

 

 

 

 

 

Religion:  Chrsitianity

 

Theme: Easter-Forgiveness

 

Concept: Salvation

 

 

 

Religion: Sikhism

 

Theme: Pilgrimage to the Golden Temple Amritsar

 

Regional link-visit to the Sikh Temple, Newcastle

 

 

 

 

 

Religion: Hinduism

 

Theme: Hindu Beliefs

 

 

 

 

 

 

Key Question: Why may a Sikh choose to join the Khalsa?

Key Question: Has Christmas lost its true meaning?

 

 

 

Key Question: Could Jesus heal people? Were these miracles or is there some other explanation?

 

Key Question? What is "good" about Good Friday?

 

Key Question: Would visiting the Golden Temple feel special to a non-Sikh?

 

 

Key Question: Would celebrating Divali at home and in the community bring a feeling of belonging to a Hindu child?

 

 

Religious Education 2017-18 Year 4

 

AUTUMN 1 AUTUMN 2 SPRING 1 SPRING 2 SUMMER 1 SUMMER 2

 

Religion: Buddhism

 

Theme: Buddha's teachings

 

 

Music link: Happy by Pharrell Williams

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Religion: Christianity

 

Theme: Christmas

 

Concept: Incarnation

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Religion: Buddhism

 

Theme: The 8 Fold Path

 

 

Music link: Earth Song by Michael Jackson/Wonderful World by Louis Armstrong

 

 

 

 

 

Religion: Christianity

 

Theme: Easter

 

Concept: Salvation

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Religion: Buddhism

 

Theme: The 8 fold path

 

Regional

Links: Visit to Buddhist Temple, Hebburn.

 

 

 

 

Religion: Christianity

 

Theme:Prayer and Worship

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Key Question:

 Is it possible for everyone to be happy?

 

 

Key Question:

What is the most significant part of the nativity story for Christmas today?

 

Key Question:

 Can the Buddha's teachings make the world a better place?

 

 

Key Question:

Is forgiveness always possible for Christians?

 

 

Key Question: What is the best way for a Buddhist to lead a good life?

 

 

Key Question: Do people need to go to church to show they are Christians?

 

 

 

Religious Education Year 5 2017-2018

 

AUTUMN 1 AUTUMN 2 SPRING 1 SPRING 2 SUMMER 1 SUMMER 2

Religion: Sikhism

 

Theme:Belief into action

 

 

 

 

 

 

Religion: Christianity

 

Theme: Christmas

 

Concept: Incarnation

 

 

 

 

 

Religion: Sikhism

 

Theme: Beliefs and moral values

 

 

 

 

 

 

Religion: Christianity

 

Theme: Easter

 

Concept: Salvation

 

 

 

 

 

Religion: Sikhism

 

Theme: Prayer and worship

 

 

 

 

 

 

Religion: Christianity

 

Theme: Beliefs and Practices

 

Literacy/History Link- The Hiding Place by Corrie Ten Boom

 

Regional Links-visit two contrasting Christian places of worship.

 

 

Key Question:How far would a Sikh go for his/her religion? Key Question: Is the Christmas story true? Key Question: Are Sikh stories important today? Key Question: How significant is it for Christians to believe God intended Jesus to die? Key Question: What is the best way for a Sikh to show commitment to God? Key Question: What is the best way for a Christian to show commitment to God? 

 

During our study of Christianity we will also learn about the devotion and impact of the Northern Saints on our region and beyond.

Religion in Year 6 2017-18

 

AUTUMN 1 AUTUMN 2 SPRING 1 SPRING 2 SUMMER 1 SUMMER 2

Religion: Islam

 

Theme: Practices and Beliefs

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Religion: Christian

 

Theme: Christmas

 

 

Concept: Incarnation

 

Art Link-Looking at artistic interpretations of Mary.

 

 

 

 

 

 

Religion: Christianity

 

Theme: Beliefs and Meaning

 

Concept: Salvation

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Religion: Christianity

 

Theme: Easter

 

 

Concept: Gospel

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Religion: Islam

 

Theme: Beliefs and moral values

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Religion: Islam

 

Theme: Beliefs and moral values

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Key Question: What is the best way for a Muslim to show commitment to God?

 

 

 

Key Question: How significant was it that Mary was Jesus' mother?

 

 

 

Key Question: Is anything ever eternal?

 

 

 

 

 

Key Question: Is Christianity still a strong religion 2000 years after Jesus was on earth?

 

 

Key Question:  Does belief in Akhirah (life after death) help Muslims lead good lives?

 

 

Key Question: Does belief in Akhirah (life after death) help Muslims lead good lives?

 

 

YEAR 4 visited Seaburn New Church, hosted a visit by the Salvation Army and learnt the meaning of the Christingle, as part of our preparation for Christmas.


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