Religious Education

Year 1

Children will begin to learn about the Christian religion through some of its stories and festivals. They will be taught about the Bible as a special book and listen to stories from the New Testament. They will learn about the creation story and celebrate harvest as a time of thanksgiving. The vicar will tell them something about his work. Children will will learn words and phrases to describe religious ideas and begin to use them when talking about their own experiences. They will begin to develop their ideas about what is of value and concern to them.

Year 2

Children will learn about the significance of the church as a place of worship and the importance of the life and work of Jesus in the Christian religion. They will learn some of the distinctive features of Christianity and how Christians pray and worship. Children will be taught about St Botolph and something about the heritage of the school and the parish. They will be taught to use appropriate words and phrases when talking about religious ideas. They will be encouraged to ask, and respond sensitively to, questions about their own and others’ experiences and feelings.

Year 3

Children will be taught about Judaism and the historical roots of Christianity. They will hear and discuss stories from the Old Testament. They will learn about some Jewish festivals such as Passover and Hanukah. Children will be taught about aspects of Jewish worship, including the synagogue and the Torah, and the role of the rabbi. Children will learn about the Christian church year and will discuss some different images of Jesus. They will begin to learn about the things held in common between different religions. They will be encouraged to explore their emerging personal beliefs and values. They will discuss matters of right and wrong in real-life contexts.

Year 4

Children will learn something about Hinduism, including how and where Hindus worship and that they worship more than one god. The children will study The Bible in some detail, particularly Jesus’ role as teacher. They will be taught about the importance of Christian worship and make an in-depth visit a church. They will be encouraged to use their developing religious vocabulary and to explore and discuss religious belief, linking and contrasting their own thoughts and ideas with those of others.

Year 5

Children will learn something about Islam and its five pillars of faith. They will learn about the significance of the mosque and the Qur’an. They will also learn about significant festivals, (Eid Ul Fitr for example) and the importance of pilgrimage and fasting. The children will learn about the World Wide Christian Church and some different perceptions of Jesus They will learn to discuss the impact of religion on their own lives and the lives of others. They will be encouraged to describe what inspires and influences them and to appreciate the inspiration and influences experienced by others.

Year 6

Children will be taught something about Sikhism, its origins as a religion of peace and reconciliation and the place of the gurdwara and the Five K’s. They will visit a gurdwara. Children will continue to be encouraged to deepen their understanding of the Christian church in terms of belonging and believing.  They will be encouraged to ask, and suggest answers to, questions about belief, identity, belonging, meaning, purpose and truth. They will be encouraged to relate these ideas to the values and commitments they hold and to understand that others may have different beliefs. Children will use an increasingly wide vocabulary to explain the impact of beliefs (religious and non-religious) on individuals and communities. They will be encouraged strongly to understand British values, which are largely underpinned by our country’s Christian heritage.