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Religious Education

Visions and Values

 

Jesus said “I tell you Peter, you are a rock and on this rock foundation I will build my church.” (Matthew 16:18)

 

At Walsh Church of England Junior School we strive to be like Saint Peter, answering God’s call to us, challenging ourselves and showing resilience, even if learning gets difficult. We aim to follow the example set by Jesus as Peter did, to live our lives in peace, in fellowship with others and the world around us.

Religious Education at Walsh C of E Junior School

 

Religious Education is a core subject and underpins our Christian values which defines our Walsh community. Our school community is a diverse place which celebrates the different religious of our families. Religious Education is taught as an academic subject and is delivered each week across the whole school. We teach from the Surrey Syllabus and aim to teach Religious Education in an exciting and creative way, alongside providing trips which widen and broaden the children's understanding of a variety of religions.

 

Our school values of Resilience, Peace and Fellowship permeates through the whole curriculum and life at Walsh. Our staff and children are encouraged to regularly explore these values through lessons, collective worship and school life. While it is our intention to show children how to develop their own spirituality and their relationship with God, we also explore other faiths. Children understand the need for tolerance in all aspects of life and we always seek to find similarities, rather than differences.

 

At Walsh, children enjoy their Religious Education Lessons. There are many opportunities for discussion and lesson are bought to life through role play, drama and other creative activities. Three times a year, Harvest, Christmas and Easter, we visit St Peters Church and worship in the house of God, which the whole school community enjoys.

 

In Religious Education, we aim to guide children in:

  • Knowledge and understanding of Christian faith and life
  • Knowledge and understanding to explore and question faith
  • The skills required to examine and reflect upon religious beliefs and practices

 

RE Policy 

 

Intent

 At Walsh CE Junior School we teach RE so children learn to:

  • appreciate the distinctive nature of religion and the contribution of religious and spiritual insights and values to the individual’s search for meaning in life
  • learn about Christianity God, Jesus Christ, the Church, the Bible, Christian ways of life
  • learn about Judaism and Islam and aspects of other faiths represented in the classroom and show respect for all.
  • develop interest in and enthusiasm for RE to enhance their understanding of themselves, others and the natural world to help form their own spiritual, moral, social and cultural education and personal values and beliefs
  • develop the ability to make reasoned, reflective, informed and creative responses to religious and moral issues
  • recognise religions’ influence on their culture and community life
  • to reflect the fact that the religious traditions in Great Britain are mainly Christian, but to take account of other religions represented and to celebrate diversity.
  • to start laying sound foundations for future development of religious understanding, spiritual insight and moral conviction

 

Implementation

At Walsh C of E Junior School RE is taught accordance with the Surrey Agreed Syllabus 2017-2022 to all pupils, recognising the school’s special character as a Church of England (Voluntary Controlled) School.  It is taught alongside the school’s aims and ethos, developing the strong links between Religious Education and the Relationship and Sex Education, in ways which are appropriate for pupils aged 7-11. To help pupils to develop a positive attitude towards other people, respecting their right to hold different beliefs from their own. Our children are taught RE in units of work, in whole Pause Days, through collective worship and regularly during other curriculum areas.

 

Impact

Through our teaching of Religious Education and the School’s ethos, we want our children to be able to make links to their lives and that of others, understand and respect different religions so everyone can live and work alongside one another with no prejudice and make good decisions within their lives using the skills and information they have learnt about. We also hope for the children to carry our school values through their lives of Peace, Fellowship and Resilience to underpin their moral, spiritual and social decisions

Religious Education Policy

Religious Education Yearly Coverage

Walsh Church of England Junior School

RE Curriculum  2020 - 2021

 

Autumn 1

Autumn 2

Spring 1

Spring 2

Summer 1

Summer 2

Year 3

How does the Bible reveal God’s rescue plan?

 

 

 

 

 

What are important times for Jews?

 

Why are presents given at Christmas – and what might Jesus think about it all?

 

 

 

How did Jesus change lives?

 

 

 

 

 

Easter: What happened and what matters most to Christians?

 

 

 

How did the church begin?

 

 

 

 

 

Why do Christians share communion

 

 

 

Year 4

How can the synagogue help us to understand the Jewish Faith?

 

Why do Christians call God ‘Father’?

(Why do Christians believe in God?)

 

How might artist help us understand Christmas?

 

 

 

 

Why is praying important for Christians?

 

 

 

 

 

How does Lent prepare Christians for Easter?

 

 

 

 

 

Is Christian worship the same all around the world?

 

 

 

 

 

What do Sikhs value?

 

Year 5

What is the ‘golden rule?- and are they the same?

 

Who did Jesus say ‘IAM’?

 

 

 

 

 

Why is light an important sign at Christmas?

 

 

 

 

How did Jesus’ teaching challenge people?

 

 

 

 

How do Christians know what happened at Easter?

 

 

 

How can the mosque help us to understand the Muslim faith?

 

How do the pillars of Islam help Muslims live a good life?

 

Year 6

What helps Hindus to worship?

 

How is God three yet one?

 

 

 

 

 

What do the Gospels say about the birth of Jesus – and why is it good news?

 

Adam, eve and Christmas – what are the connections?

 

 

 

Did Jesus have to die?

 

 

 

 

 

What is the Buddhist way of life

 

 

How can churches help us understand Christian belief?

 

 

 

 

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