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Religious Education and Collective Worship

A non-denominational approach, following the Kent approved syllabus, is used in the classroom where work is based on thematic lines - people who help us, our families, helping others, etc. - with appropriate stories from the Old and New Testaments. Consideration is also given to the beliefs and main festivals celebrated by other religious groups and cultures. At some time in each day we have an assembly and collective worship. This is an opportunity for the school community to come together. We may sing songs and have reflection time / thought for the day. Often there is a story and children are encouraged to be involved. It provides the opportunity for pupils to consider spiritual and moral issues and to explore their own beliefs. We encourage participation and response through the active involvement in speaking & listening. It is also very important in developing community spirit, promoting a common ethos and shared values and reinforcing positive attitudes. Parents have the right to withdraw their children from the daily act of worship and Religious Education in school. Should you wish to do so, please contact the Head Teacher. There will be an opportunity for each year group to perform at least one seasonal performance over the year where parents and governors are invited. We finish each week with a Celebration Assembly where good work, behaviour, citizenship in and out of school, attendance and punctuality are recognised by the Headteacher, class teachers and support staff.

Year   Group

Term 1

Term 2

Term 3

Term 4

Term 5

Term 6

1

Religion

Christianity

Christianity

Christianity

Christianity

Judaism

Judaism

Theme

The Creation Story

The Christmas Story

Jesus as a friend

Easter- Palm Sunday

Shabbat

Chanukah

Enquiry question

Does God want Christians to look after the world?

What gift would I have given Jesus if he had been born in my town instead of Bethlehem?

Was it always easy for Jesus to show friendship?

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

Is Shabbat important to Jewish children?

Does celebrating Chanukah make Jewish children feel closer to God?

2

Religion

Christianity

Christianity

Hinduism

Christianity

Hinduism

Hinduism

Theme

What did Jesus teach?

Christmas- Jesus as a gift from God

Celebrations

Easter - resurrection

Stories

Hindu beliefs

Enquiry question

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

Why did God give Jesus to the world?

Kent Agreed Syllabus- Divali, Raksha Bandhan, Holi

Is it true that Jesus came back to life again?

Kent Agreed syllabus- Hindu Stories

How can Brahman be everywhere and in everything?

3

Religion

Islam

Christianity

Christianity

Christianity

Islam

Islam

Theme

Prayer at home- This is the first time that the children have been taught about Islam at school.

Christmas

Jesus’ miracles

Easter – forgiveness

Community and belonging

Hajj

Enquiry question

Does praying at regular intervals everyday help a Muslim in his/ her everyday life?

Has Christmas lost its true meaning?

Could Jesus really heal people? Were these miracles or is there some other explanation?

What is ‘good’ about Good Friday?

Does going to the mosque give Muslims a sense of belonging?

Does completing Hajj make a person a better Muslim?

4

Religion

Judaism

Christianity

Judaism

Christianity

Judaism/ Christianity

Christianity

Theme

Beliefs and practices

Christmas

Prayer and Bar/ Bat Mitzvah

Easter

The Bible

Belief and Practices, prayer and worship

Enquiry question

How special is the relationship Jews have with God?

What is the most significant part of the Nativity story for Christians today?

Kent Agreed Syllabus

Is forgiveness always possible?

QCA – unit 3d – What is the Bible and why is it important for Christians?

Do people need to go to Church to show that they are Christians?

5

Religion

Judaism

Christianity

Judaism

Christianity

Christianity

Islam

Theme

Beliefs  - food laws and Passover

Christmas

Belief and practices

Easter

Belief and Practices

Belief and Practices

Enquiry question

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

Is the Christmas story true? Do sacred texts have to be ‘true’ to help people understand their religion?

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

Did God intend Jesus to be crucified and if so was Jesus aware of this?

What is the best way for a Christian to show commitment to God?

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

6

Religion

Islam

Christianity

Christianity

Christianity

Sikhism

Sikhism

Theme

Beliefs and Moral Values

Christmas

Belief and meaning

Easter

Belief

Belief and teaching

Enquiry question

 

Does belief in Akhirah (life after death) help Muslims to lead good lives?

How significant is it that Mary was Jesus’ mother?

Is anything ever eternal? Should religious people be sad when someone dies?

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

See Kent Agreed Syllabus transition Unit

See Kent Agreed Syllabus transition Unit

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