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In primary school, children are introduced to many different faiths and cultures. Religious Education (RE) aims to help develop pupils’ knowledge of the world's principal religious traditions and worldviews. It promotes tolerance and understanding which is an integral part of society. By educating our children to gain an unbiased understanding of RE, we are helping them to discover, explore and consider different insights, and to value these in an open-minded way.

At Monks Orchard, we aim to teach our children the importance of wisdom from different sources, to develop and express their insights in response, and to agree or disagree in a comfortable yet respectful way. We want to teach them to have pride in themselves and in their identities. Our syllabus promotes pupils' spiritual, moral, social and cultural development and aims to prepare all pupils for the opportunities, responsibilities and experiences of the present and the future.

Learning about RE can help our children to believe in themselves, express themselves and most importantly, to have faith in themselves.

RE in Action

Skills Progression

EYFS

Christianity

 

Recognise and describe special times and events for themselves and others

-What is a family?

-Are there any special customs or traditions within our families?

-What are the similarities and differences between ourselves and others customs and traditions?

-What are the differences and similarities within our families/communities/traditions?

Year 1

Christianity

 

- What is the story of Christmas?

-What symbols do we associate with Christmas and what symbols are important to you?

-How should we look after family/friends?

-Was Jesus a good friend?

-What is the true meaning of

Easter?

-Why do we have Easter Eggs?

-What do religious stories teach us to do?

Hinduism

 

-What do Hindus believe about God?

-What is the core foundation of Hinduism?

-What are the key features of Krishna?

-Where do Hindus worship and what is the name of their place of worship?

-What is the significance about the prayer and worship of many Hindus?

-What are the books and special stories associated with Hinduism?

-What is important about the story of Krishna and Draupadi?

-What is the festival of Raksha Bandhan, and how is it celebrated?
Islam

 

-What are some of the ways that Muslims show how important God (Allah) is?

-What are some of the ways that Muslims learn from the prophet Muhammad?

-Where do Muslims go to worship?

-What is the special book for Muslims and how is it treated?

-What are the special festivals that Muslims celebrate?

How are Ramadan and Eid-ul-Fitr celebrated by Muslims?

Year 2

Christianity

 

-Why do people celebrate Christmas?

-What do Christians believe about God?

-Who is Jesus?

-Why is prayer and worship important to Christians?

-What is the Holy book that the Cystitis follow?

-What are some of the stories Jesus told?

-What do the stories mean?

-Where do Christians worship?
Judaism

 

-What do Jews believe about God?

-What is important about Moses’ early life?

-Why is Joseph (Genesis 37) important to Jews?

-Where do Jews worship?

-What is the special book called?

-What are the main features of the story of Noah?

-What is important about Friday nights in Jewish homes?

-What are the main features of the story of Purim?

-What is Hanukkah?
Challenges

 

-Why do people have different beliefs, experiences and feelings?

-Why should we handle some artefacts with care and respect?

-What sort of things do people have that are special to them?

-What are the special things found in religious people’s homes?

-What do some people have special foods and food laws to follow?

Year 3

Christianity

 

-What is the meaning of Christmas?

-What is advent?

-Why should we look after others?

-Why should we care for the world?

-What is loyalty/betrayal?

-What are sacred places and why do people go there?

Sikhism

 

-What do Sikhs believe about God?

-What are the significant times in the life of Guru Nanak?

-How did Guru Nanak spread his teaching?

-Where do Sikh’s go to worship?

-How do the practices in the Gurdwara symbolise equality?

-What is the inspirational writing that Sikhs follow?

-What are the special ways that Sikh writings are treated?

-What is it that tells people what Sikhs believe?

-What are some of the practices used within the Guru Granth Sahib?

-Why is Guru Gobind Singh important?

-What does it mean to belong to the Khalsa?

-What happens at the festival of Vaisakhi/Baisakhi, how is it celebrated?

-What is the symbolism of the 5K’s which are worn by some Sikhs?

-What is the significance of the turban, which is worn by some Sikhs.

-What is the importance of Bandi Chor (Prisoners Release day) and Amritsar to the Sikh community?

Year 4

Christianity

 

-What is the nativity story? Can you retell it?

-What are the church symbols and what do they represent?

Why should we be charitable?

-Why is it important to understand other religions?

-What is forgiveness - why is this important in Christianity?

Hinduism

 

-What do Hindus believe about God?

-What are the main features and functions of a local Mandir?

-What are the books and special inspirational stories that Hindus follow?

-What are the main features of the Diwali story?

What the examples of good behaviour that can help us today?

-What are some of the ways Hindus celebrate Diwali?

-What is the significance of the festivals of Diwali or Navarati to Hindus?

Islam

 

-What do Muslims believe about God? (Allah)

-What commitments are demonstrated in the lives and work of significant people of faith?

-What are the main features and functions of a local mosque?

-How is prayer important to Muslims?

-What do Muslims learn about form the Prophet Muhammad?

-Why do Muslims think of the Prophet Mohammad as the last prophet?

-What is the significance of the Qu’ran and why is it important to Muslims?

-What are the key customs followed during Ramadan and Eid-ul-Fitr?

 -Why are the 5 Pillars of Islam significant?

-How important is the home for living in the Muslim faith?

Year 5

Christianity

 

-What is the difference between religious rules and religious traditions?

-Why are symbols seen as positive/negative?

-Why should we care for our community?

-How/why do we forgive?

Judaism

 

-What do Jewish people believe about God?

-Why is Moses an important figure for Jews? (Exodus) (The

early life of Moses is in KS1) See 10 commandments.

-Why is prayer and worship important to Jews?

-What is the importance of the Tallit (prayer shawl) and Capel (head covering)?

-What is the Tenakh and what is the Torah?

-What is the importance of the Ten Commandments given to Moses?

-Why is the festival of Rosh Hashanah important for Jewish people?

-Why is Yom Kippur important for Jewish people and what happens during this time?
Buddhism

 

-What does the word ‘Buddha’ mean?

-Why is the Buddha special to Buddhists?

-Who was Siddhartha Gautama?

-What caused him to seek enlightenment?

-How did the Buddha become enlightened?

-What are the features of a Buddhist shrine?

-What are the stories that Buddhists find inspiration from?

-How do they help to explain the Buddha’s teachings?

-What are the ways that Buddhists use the sacred writings?

-What is the Dharma?

-What are the 4 Noble Truths?

-What is the Eightfold Noble Path, why is it important?

-What are the 5 precepts and how are they important for a Buddhist l-lifestyle?

-What is Kamar?

-Why is Wesak (Vesak) the most important Buddhist festival?

Year 6

Christianity

 

-What do the different descriptions of God tell us about the Christian belief in God?

-How is Jesus important?

-Who is in authority in Christian communities?

-What are their roles and responsibilities?

-What is the Holy Book of the Christian people?

-How is it used by them?

-How are the stories/parables that Jesus told to his followers relevant to us today?

-How to Christians use their homes to show they are living the faith?

-What is the significance for many Christians of the 10 Commandments?

-In what way is prayer important to Christians?

-What are some of the distinctive features and their functions within a local church?

-What is meant by the Church as a community of believers?

Challenges

 

-What are the circumstances that change things in people’s lives?

-Why are some people admired because of their qualities?

-Why are special moments in some people’s lives marked by religious ceremonies?

-How do non-religious people mark special times?

-What ceremonies do we have at the beginning of our life?

-Why is marking a change from childhood to adulthood still important for many people?

-What promises do people make at their weddings?

-What are the emotions connected with loss and leaving?

-Some religions have special teachings concerning death and the after-life, research into some of these.

Assessing RE at MOPS

EYFS

Assessed against ELG: People, Culture and Communities Children at the expected level of development will:
- Describe their immediate environment using knowledge from observation, discussion, stories, non-fiction texts and maps; EYFS reforms early adopter framework
- Know some similarities and differences between different religious and cultural communities in this country, drawing on their experiences and what has been read in class;
- Explain some similarities and differences between life in this country and life in other countries, drawing on knowledge from stories, non-fiction texts and – when appropriate – maps.

KS1

The expectation of the Agreed Syllabus is that at the end of Key Stage 1 pupils will be able to:

AT1‐ Knowledge and Understanding
With reference to the statutory Key Content specified by this syllabus:
AT2‐ Reflection and Response
With reference to the statutory Key Content specified by this syllabus:
Recall and name different beliefs and practices, including festivals, worship and rituals Suggest meanings behind different beliefs and practices
Retell some religious and moral stories from sacred writings, recognising the traditions from which they come Suggest meanings of some religious and moral stories
Recognise some different symbols and actions, including prayer, attending a place of worship and reading from a sacred text, which express faith communities’ ways of life Appreciate some similarities between faith communities
Identify what difference belonging to a faith community might make Ask and respond to questions about what individuals and faith communities do, and why
Observe and recount different ways of expressing identity and belonging to faith groups, including wearing clothing and symbols and taking part in acts of worship Respond sensitively to expressions of belonging to faith groups
Pupils present ideas about two different religions using key words for each faith studied, including naming the place of worship, two symbols or artefacts found there, one key figure and one core belief Notice and respond sensitively to some similarities between different religions and worldviews
Consider responses to big questions from different religious traditions and worldviews Express their own ideas and opinions using words, music, art or poetry
Give examples of co‐operation from different religious traditions Respond with ideas to examples of co‐operation from different religious traditions
Identify how different religions answer questions of right and wrong Express their ideas and opinions in response to questions of right and wrong

KS2

The expectation of the Agreed Syllabus is that at the end of Key Stage 2 pupils will be able to:

AT1 – Knowledge and Understanding
With reference to the statutory Key Content specified by this syllabus:
AT2 – Reflection and Response
With reference to the statutory Key Content specified by this syllabus:
Describe and make connections between different features of religions, including celebrations, worship, pilgrimages and the rituals which mark birth, death and marriage Reflect on the significance for faith members of participating in celebrations, worship, pilgrimages and the rituals which mark birth, death and marriage
Describe and show understanding of links between stories, beliefs and practices of faith communities Respond thoughtfully to a range of sacred writings and the beliefs, teachings and practices of different faith communities
Describe a range of beliefs, symbols and actions showing links between different religions including rules for living and forms of worship Demonstrate understanding of different ways of life and ways of expressing meaning including rules for living and forms of worship
Show understanding of how beliefs, practices and forms of expression influence individuals and communities Give reasons for the significance of beliefs, practices and forms of expression to individual members and faith communities
Show understanding of the challenges of commitment to a community of faith Suggest why belonging to a community of faith may be valuable, both to faith members and in their own lives
Explain similarities and differences within and between different religions and worldviews including key rituals, key artefacts, sacred places Reflect on similarities and differences within and between different religions and worldviews including key rituals, key artefacts, sacred places
Present their own and others’ views to challenging questions about belonging, meaning, purpose and truth Apply ideas of their own to challenging questions in different forms including reasoning, music, art and poetry
Identify ways in which diverse communities can live together for the wellbeing of all Respond thoughtfully to ideas about community, values and respect
Articulate the responses of different religions to ethical questions, including ideas about what is right and wrong and what is just and fair Discuss and apply their own and others’ ideas about ethical questions, including ideas about what is right and wrong and what is just and fair, and express their own ideas clearly in response

 

Why is RE an important part of MOPS?

Learning about the values and morals of RE help children to:

  • Understand the diversity of cultures
  • Build up their self-esteem
  • Distinguish between the religions and understand what religions entails
  •  Appreciate the values/attitudes of individuals in the different faith groups within our community

    Monks Orchard Primary School

    The Glade, Shirley, Croydon, CR0 7UF
    020 8654 2570