Religious Education is an important part of the curriculum at Richmond Primary School. Each of our half-termly class topics are linked to one of the ‘Key Questions’ from the Leicestershire RE Syllabus. This means that we encourage the children to use their knowledge of different cultures, beliefs and values to understand the topics they are working on.
Some of the big ‘Key Questions’ we will be exploring with the children this year are:
Autumn Term Key Questions
EYFS: Key Question F2: Which people are special and why? F6: What is special about our world?
Year 1: Key Question 1.8: How should we care for others and the world and why does it matter? 1.1: Who is a Christian and what do they believe?
Year 2: Key Question 1.2: Who is a Muslim and what do they believe? 1.3: Who is Jewish and what do they believe?
Year 3: Key Question L2.2: Why is the Bible still so important for Christians today? L2.1: What do different people/faiths believe about God/key concepts, such as fairness?
Year 4: Key Question L2.5: Why are festivals important to religious communities? L2.8: What does it mean to be a Hindu in Britain today?
Year 5: Key Question U2.4: If God is everywhere, why go to a place of worship? U2.1: Why do some people think God exists?
Year 6: Key Question U2.3: What do religions say to us when life gets hard? U2.4: If God is everywhere, why go to a place of worship?
Spring Term Key Questions:
EYFS:Key Question F5: Where do we belong?
Year 1: Key Question 1.7: What does it mean to belong to a faith community?
Year 2: Key Question 1.4: What can we learn from sacred books?
Year 3: Key Question L2.5: Why are festivals important to religious communities?
Year 4: Key Question L2.6: Why do some people think that life is like a journey and what significant experiences mark this?
Year 5: Key Question U2.8: What difference does it make to believe in Ahimsa (harmlessness), Grace, and Ummah (Community)? (to be continued in Year 6)
Year 6: Key Question U2.8: What difference does it make to believe in Ahimsa (harmlessness), Grace, and Ummah (Community)?
Summer Term Key Questions:
EYFS: Key Question F4: Which times are special and why? F3; Which places are special and why?
Year 1: Key Question 1.6: How and why do we celebrate special and sacred times? 1.5: What makes some places sacred?
Year 2: Key Question 1.6: How and why do we celebrate special and sacred times?
Year 3: Key Question L2.4: Why do people pray? L2.7: What does it mean to be a Christian in Britain today?
Year 4: Key Question L2.3: Why is Jesus inspiring to some people? L2.9: What can we learn from religions about deciding what is right and wrong?
Year 5: Key Question U2.2: What would Jesus do? Can we live by the values of Jesus in the 21st Century? U2.6: What does it mean to be a Muslim in Britain today?
Year 6: Key Question U2.7: What matters most to Christians and Humanists? U2.5: Is it better to express your belief in arts and architecture or charity and generosity?
RE sessions use much of the same approaches as the Philosophy for Children sessions which have helped to shape the children’s ability to think, reason, explain and explore ideas in a respectful way. We explore the Key Questions through discussion and debate. The P4C and RE themes and questions are closely mapped so that children can apply their learning and thinking skills across both areas. Please refer to the P4C/RE Long Term Plan below;
One of the most important aspects of a successful RE education is being able to find out about not just the beliefs and traditions of different cultures and religions, but also to relate those beliefs to our own lives. Therefore, we do not encourage children to follow a religion or take part in religious activities, but instead to explore how those religious activities can be related to their own experiences, to help them to better understand the exciting diversity of the modern world. By linking everything we do to fundamental British Values, RE explores not how we are different, but how we are in many ways the same.