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R.E Curriculum

Subject Lead: Mrs Clark

At Denbigh Community Primary School, we follow the North Tyneside Syllabus for Religious Education. We encourage children to use and develop their skills in RE and to participate in critical thinking. We aim to ensure that the RE curriculum is challenging, dynamic and relevant to pupils of all ages. Children are taught to understand and respect the importance of religious beliefs in the world around them; including Christianity, Buddhism, Hinduism, Islam, Judaism and Sikhism.

Through RE we encourage pupils to learn from these different religions, beliefs, values and traditions while exploring their own beliefs and questions of meaning. We challenge pupils to reflect on and consider issues of equality, belief, faith and ethics and to communicate their responses. At Denbigh, we encourage pupils to develop their sense of self-worth, identity and belonging. Our aim is to enable pupils to flourish individually within their own communities. We believe Religious Education has an important role in preparing our pupils for adult life, employment and lifelong learning. We encourage our pupils to develop respect for, sensitivity to and acceptance of others, in particular those whose faiths and beliefs are different from their own.

RE is taught throughout the school and staff plan exciting lessons based on the objectives within the North Tyneside RE Syllabus (SACRE)

In Foundation Stage, learning objectives are taken from the Early Years Outcomes, usually from the strand of Understanding the World (The World and People and Communities) We use a variety of teaching and learning styles to support children’s knowledge and understanding. This is done through continuous provision and specific teaching around a theme or topic.

In KS1 and KS2 staff allocate objectives across the year, using appropriate curriculum coverage based on need and key skills and then make tasks to fit to support the topic/faith.

Progression Threshold Concepts in RE

Threshold Concept: Stories and Beliefs

Milestone 1: Can describe some of the teachings of a religion.

 

 

Threshold Concept: Stories and Beliefs

Milestone 2: Can describe what a believer might learn from the teachings and beliefs of a religion.

 

Threshold Concept: Stories and Beliefs

Milestone 3:Explain how religious beliefs shape the lives of worshippers and their communities.

 

Year 1 R.E Curriculum

  • I can retell some parts of religious stories
  • I know about some of the festivals or celebrations of a religion
  • I can recognise and name some religious symbols
  • I know what some religious words mean
  • I can say what is important in my own life
  • I can talk about parts of life that I find interesting
  • I know the difference between right and wrong

Year 2 R.E Curriculum

  • I can describe some of the teachings of a religion
  • I can describe some of the main events and celebrations of a religion
  • I can recognise, name and describe some religious objects, people, places and practices
  • I can describe some of the messages or meanings of some religious symbols
  • I can identify what is important in my own life and am able to compare these to religious beliefs
  • I can discuss how my feelings may be similar to characters in religious stories
  • I can ask and respond imaginatively to puzzling questions, communicating my ideas
  • I can identify how I have to make my own choices in life
  • I can explain how my actions affect others
  • I understand what is meant by the term ‘morals’

Year 3 RE Curriculum

 

Can describe what a believer might learn from the teachings and beliefs of a religion

Use religious words to describe some of the different ways people show their beliefs

Describe some religious buildings and how they are used

Describe religious artefacts and how they are used

Demonstrates an understanding that personal experiences and feelings influence attitudes and actions

Is able to ask important questions about life and compare ideas with those of other people

Is able to explain how beliefs about what is right and wrong can affect people’s behaviour

Year 4 RE Curriculum 

 

Can make connections between the beliefs of different religious groups

Can use the correct religious words to describe some of the religious practices and experiences that may be involved in belonging to different religious groups

Can identify religious symbolism in literature and the arts

Suggest some reasons why religious figures may have acted as they did

Ask questions that have no universally agreed answers and suggest possible answers and compare ideas with those of other people and religions

Ask questions about matters of right and wrong and suggest answers which show he/she has an understanding of moral and religious teachings

Year 5 RE Curriculum 

 

Can suggest reasons for the similar and different beliefs which people hold

Can explain how religious sources are used to provide answers to questions about life and morality

Explain how religious beliefs shape the lives of worshippers and their communities

Is able to compare and contrast the lifestyles of different faith groups and give explanations why some within the same faith may embrace different lifestyles

Explain some of the different ways that individuals show their beliefs

Demonstrates an understanding of the role of the spiritual leader

Ask questions about ultimate questions and suggest answers which relate to his/her own life

Recognise and express feelings about his/her own identities; relate these to religious beliefs or teachings

Year 6 RE Curriculum 

 

Use reasoning to explain his/her own ideas about answers to ultimate questions

Explain why his/her own answers to ultimate questions may differ from those of others

Explain why different religious communities or individuals may have a different view of what is right and wrong

Shows an awareness of morals and right and wrong beyond rules (i.e. wanting to act in a certain way despite rules)

Express his/her own values and remain respectful of those with different values

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