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Religious Education

Religious Education is an important element in the broad and balanced curriculum we aim to provide at Mitchell Brook Primary School. Through our RE curriculum we provide opportunities to develop children’s knowledge and understanding of world religions and reflect on the challenging questions that they provoke.

 

The aim of Religious Education is to learn about and from spiritual insights, beliefs and religious practices and to explore fundamental questions of human life. This will include helping children to:

 

*Develop knowledge and understanding of beliefs, values, traditions and religious institutions and their influence on the life of the believer and on communities and societies.

* Look for and learn from the wisdom contained in the stories, sayings and customs of religious and ethical traditions.

* Understand how to manage conflicts which may arise from differing views

* Develop the ability to make reasoned and informed choices concerning belief and behaviour.

* Enhance and reflect on their own spiritual, moral, emotional and cultural development.

* Develop a positive self-image through reflecting on their own beliefs and home traditions while respecting the right of others to hold beliefs different to theirs.

 

A curriculum overview map has been developed which incorporates all of these elements across the year groups. By the end of Pre-secondary, all children will have learnt about the beliefs, traditions and festivals of 6 major world religions. They will also compare these religions through key topics such as ‘Caring for our World’ and ‘Prayer and Worship.’. Children also get to handle artefacts from the different religions to enrich their experiences and learn about how these artefacts are used and treated by the different religions.

 

 

Children will engage in a range of activities to develop this knowledge and understanding, both within the classroom and outside. For example, they may be involved in dance workshops, art projects, assemblies, discussions with people different religious beliefs.  Once a year, they will also have the opportunity to visit a range of places of worship such as the Kingsbury Gurdwara and Saint Mary’s Church. During these visits, children have the opportunity to experience other communities and explore the way in which they worship and what they believe. This developed understanding of different religions will help children to be tolerant members of society; this enables pupils to combat prejudice and understand why people have different beliefs.

 

Religious Education Curriculum Overview

 

Autumn

Spring

Summer

R

Myself

Others

Religion

1

Light

Belonging

Caring for Eachother

Visit to Mandir

2

Food

Water

Visit to Synagogue

Caring for Our World

3

Places of Worship

Christianity

Sikhism

Visit to Gurdwara

4

Hinduism

Pilgrimage

Islam

Visit to Mosque

5

Judaism

Buddhism

Visit to Buddhist Temple

Rules for Living

Pre-Sec

Birth and Death

Prayer and Worship

Visit to Church

Community

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