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Brushwood Junior School

Religious Education

Intent

At Brushwood our intention is to provide children with a RE curriculum that enables them not only to learn about religion but also from religion. We follow the Buckinghamshire Agreed Syllabus, ensuring that it is adapted appropriately to meet the beliefs and experiences of the children represented in our school and the wider community of Chesham. It is also our intention that, at Brushwood, the experiences of RE that children receive will prepare them for the opportunities, responsibilities and experiences of life in modern Britain and the wider world. These experiences will also enhance children’s understanding and appreciation of Fundamental British Values.

 

Implementation

Throughout the school RE Learning is structured into units that use a key question to form medium term plans. Teachers then use their knowledge of their pupils understanding, experience and beliefs to produce engaging lessons.

           

 

Key Question/Unit of Work

 

Year3

Autumn

Places of Worship: Are religious buildings really needed?

 

Year 3

Spring

Festivals: What do our celebrations show about what we think is important in life?

 

Year 3

Summer

Symbolism: How do religions express their beliefs about God?

Year 4

Autumn

Natural World: Why does it matter how we treat the world?

Year 4

Spring

Sacred Texts: Why are sacred texts and Holy books so important?

Year 4

Summer

Worship: Is there any point to worship?

Year 5

Autumn

Pilgrimage: Why do some people bother going on pilgrimage?

Year 5

Spring

Religion in the Community: What holds a community together?

Year 5

Summer

Founders/Prophets: What are the origins of the religion and why are the ‘founders’ so important?

Year 6

Autumn

Ethics and Morals: Where do our ideas of right and wrong come from?

Year 6

Spring

Rites of Passage: What makes life so important?

Year 6

Summer

Diversity In Religions: Why are there different views, beliefs and traditions in each religion?

Children learn about multiple religions within each topic, this ensure that their knowledge and understanding of main world religions continues to develop and grow, as they progress through the school. At Brushwood, we use a variety of teaching and learning styles in RE lessons and encourage children to work individually, collaboratively and collectively within each unit. Children are encouraged to ask questions to find out information about the similarities and differences within and between religious and non-religious beliefs.

 

Where appropriate, educational visits to local places of worship are arranged. Special assemblies, activities and events are regularly organised to mark key Religious celebrations within the school community.

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