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St. Michael's RE Curriculum

 

St. Michael's is a Church of England school and it is our intent for our Religious Education curriculum to help children to acquire and develop knowledge and understanding of Christianity and the other principal religions represented in Great Britain. we believe that in our multicultural world, RE is one of the most important subjects to teach. It helps children understand the similarities and differences between people of many faiths and none, building bridges and fostering relationships between communities. We encourage open-mindedness towards and respect for people of different faiths to ourselves and how people of all faiths can learn from the wisdom of others.

 

Through our RE Curriculum we want to engage, inspire, challenge and encourage pupils, equipping them with the knowledge and skills to answer challenging questions, explore different religious beliefs, values and traditions and develop a more rigorous understanding of the numerous religious traditions, beliefs and practices that are followed in our multi-cultural society. Our curriculum promotes respect and open-mindedness towards others with different faiths and beliefs and encourages pupils to develop their sense of identity and belonging through self-awareness and reflection. The manner in which we teach Religious Education reflects our values, which are Love, Integrity, Respect, Service, Perseverance and Appreciation along with all other curriculum areas, particularly PSHCE, promotes the spiritual, moral, social, and cultural development of our children.

At St. Michael's, we follow Understanding Christianity for our Christianity units, whilst using Somerset SACRE’s Awareness, Mystery & Values scheme alongside additional resources from NATRE for other religious and non-religious worldviews. An enquiry-based approach to teaching and learning is used in RE at St. Michael's CofE First School.

 

We ensure that our children experience the Christian story through a theological and conceptual basis, taking seriously Christian accounts of the ‘big story’ of salvation and the relationship of the pupils to these texts.

 

By addressing key questions, Understanding Christianity encourages pupils to explore core Bible texts, examine the impact for Christians and consider possible implications. Each unit incorporates the three elements:

  • Making sense of the text
  • Understanding the impact
  • Making connections 

 

Throughout the course children explore the “Big Question” and art, music, discussion, dance and drama are also used to help the children build knowledge and understanding and then reflect on the subject of the enquiry. 

St. Michael's RE Curriculum - 2023-24

 

 

Term 1

Term 2

Term 3

Term 4

Term 5

Term 6

Yr.R

Exploring why the word "God" is so important. They will meet a puppet called Tessa who will talk with the children about her experiences at church

Exploring what happens in Church at Christmas time. Tessa (the puppet) will motivate the children to explore what The Nativity Story is, why it is important and why it is performed at Christmas.

Using the New Year as a starting point, exploring and comparing special times in other religions – including what it means to be a Jew, what the Torah is and how it teaches Jews what God is like and how to live our lives. Also learning about Chinese New Year.

Exploring why Christians put a cross in an Easter Garden. Learning that Spring is a time of new beginnings. Listening to and talking about the Easter story. Enacting Jesus’s arrival into Jerusalem, exploring the significance of the hot cross bun, and make their own Easter gardens to remember Jesus’s actions. By the end of the term the knowing some similarities and differences between religious and cultural communities in this country.

Being exposed to more special stories about God and his role in the world. Reflecting on the Christian and Jewish beliefs that flow from their shared creation story and thinking more about their role in taking care of the planet.

 

Yr.1

Learning about what do Christians believe about God from our Awareness, Mystery & Value scheme of learning. We will learn about the Bible, the Creation Story and how we can care for God’s creations.

Exploring why Christmas is such an important event for Christians using ‘Understanding Christianity’ to support our learning.

Exploring what Christians believe about Jesus following the Awareness Mystery & Value scheme of learning. We will be learning about the Baptism of Jesus and reading and discussing bible stories, The Storm on the Lake, The Paralised Man, The Wedding Feast and The Centurion’s Servant.

Exploring what Christians believe about Easter by telling stories of the Holy week and Easter from the Bible and recognising a link with the idea of Salvation.

 

 

Yr.2

Learning about the Jewish faith and how the Torah is important to those who are Jewish.  We will be introduced to the Ten Commandments and explore how our own behaviours could be influenced from what we learn during this unit.

Learning about the good news Jesus told in his stories.  Drama, whole class discussions and group work will take place to explore and share the meanings behind his teachings and what Christians learn from these.  We will also be introducing our Christmas play.

Starting to think about forgiveness and what this means to Christians.  Exploring this topic through drama, discussions and stories.

Focusing on learning more about why Christians turn to God.  This will be explored through Bible stories, whole class discussions, drama and paired tasks.

 

 

Yr.3

Looking at People of God, we will be looking at links between Noah and idea of the covenant, Christmas and the wider world.  Abraham and communities and finally people of god and our school and local communities.

Looking at what Christians believe about God and incarnation (Christmas).

 

Reviewing the Easter story, Holy Week and the Resurrection of Christ. Why are these events important to Christians?

 

 

Yr.4

Teaching about Incarnation, with the key question ‘What is the Trinity?’. We will identify the difference between a ‘Gospel’ and a letter. We will learner to offer suggestions about texts about baptism and think about what Trinity might mean. We will describe how Christians show their beliefs about God the Trinity in worship and in the way they live and will make links between Bible texts.

Teaching about what Hindu people believe about Dharma, Deity and Atman. We will learn about Hindu Gods and the meaning of the Story of Rama. We will look at celebrating Divali and Puja. We will write sense poems and look at caring for living things. We will also learn about a Mandir.

Teaching about what ‘What do Christians believe about Salvation?’. We will learn and why Good Friday is good and why the cross is important. We will look at the Christian Salvation Story and also learning about Lent.

Focusing on why Christians call the day Jesus died ‘Good Friday’. We will discuss what Christians think salvation is. Looking at what happened during Holy Week and create a diary entry from Mary’s point of view. How Christians feel about Holy Week by discussing our diary entries. Thinking about what different Christian groups do during Holy Week and create a class display which shows the importance of each day. Discussing why the Big Story provokes hope, sadness and joy. Creating a short film/poster to answer our unit question: why do Christians call the day Jesus died ‘Good Friday’?

 

 

 

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