REligious education 

  

Fonthill Primary School is made up of pupils from many cultures. As a school we aim to celebrate this diversity and offer a welcoming and inclusive environment for all our pupils.

We believe that Religious Education provides an opportunity to celebrate and foster awareness of these differences and similarities within our school and the wider world. It is a subject that celebrates diversity and challenges stereotypes. 

RE is taught in accordance with the aims of the Agreed Syllabus produced by Bristol SACRE 

We use an enquiry-based approach, through which we develop children’s’ critical thinking skills, increase their motivation to learn and enhance their knowledge and understanding of, and empathy with people and their beliefs, religious or otherwise. 

This approach takes very seriously the philosophy that children are free to make their own choices and decisions concerning religion and belief. RE does not try to persuade but rather inform and develop the skills with which evaluation can take place 

There are 6 units of work per year (across a two year cycle) each based on a key question that requires children to weigh up evidence and reach a conclusion based on that evidence. 

Religious Education is a key opportunity for children to develop spiritually, morally, socially and culturally. In RE lessons, as well as PHSE and Assemblies, children are invited to reflect on their personal responses to issues, consider other people’s responses, and appreciate that for some people belief in a spiritual dimension is important.

Key Questions

 

 

Term 1

Term 2

Term 3

Term 4

Term 5

Term 6

EYFS

Years A+B

CHRISTIANITY + JUDAISM

Special People.

What makes people special?

CHRISTIANITY Christmas Story.

What is Christmas?

ISLAM + JUDAISM

Celebrations.

How do people celebrate?

CHRISTIANITY

Easter.

What is Easter?

CHRISTIANITY, ISLAM, SIKHISM

Story time.

What can we learn from stories?

CHRISTIANITY, ISLAM, JUDAISM

Special Places.

What makes a place special?

Y1+2

Year A

CHRISTIANITY Creation Story.

Does God want Christians to look after the world?

CHRISTIANITY Christmas Story.

What gift would I have given to Jesus if he had been born in my town not Bethlehem?

CHRISTIANITY Jesus as friend.

Was it always easy for Jesus to show friendship?

CHRISTIANITY

Easter, Palm Sunday

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

JUDAISM Shabbat.

Is Shabbat important to Jewish children?

JUDAISM Chanukah.

Does celebrating Chanukah make Jewish children feel close to God?

Y1+2

Year B

CHRISTIANITY What did Jesus teach?

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

CHRISTIANITY Christmas gift from God.

Why did God give Jesus to the world?

ISLAM

Prayer at home.

Does praying help a Muslim in everyday life?

CHRISTIANITY

Easter, resurrection.

Is it true that Jesus came back to life again?

ISLAM Community and belonging.

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

ISLAM

Hajj.

Does completing Hajj make a person a better Muslim?

Y3+4

Year A

HINDUISM Divali.

Would celebrating Divali at home and in the community bring a feeling of belonging to a Hindu child?

CHRISTIANITY Christmas.

Has Christmas lost it’s true meaning?

CHRISTIANITY Jesus, miracles.

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

CHRISTIANITY

Easter, forgiveness.

What is ‘good’ about Good Friday?

HINDUISM

Hindu beliefs.

How can Brahman be everywhere and in everything?

 

HINDUISM Pilgrimage to the River Ganges.

Would visiting the River Ganges feel special to a non-Hindu?

 

Y3+4

Year B

JUDAISM

beliefs and practices.

How special is the relationship Jews have with God?     

 

CHRISTIANITY Christmas.

What is the most significant part of the nativity story for Christians today               

JUDAISM Passover.

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

CHRISTIANITY

Easter.

Is forgiveness always possible?               

 

JUDAISM

Rites of passage and good works.

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

CHRISTIANITY Prayer and worship.

Do people need to go to church to show they are Christians?

Y5+6

Year A

SIKHISM

Belief into action.

How far would a Sikh go for his/her religion?

 

CHRISTIANITY Christmas.

Is the Christmas story true?

 

SIKHISM

Beliefs and moral values.

Are Sikh stories important today?

 

CHRISTIANITY

Easter.

Did God intend Jesus to be crucified?

SIKHISM

Prayer and worship.

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

CHRISTIANITY Beliefs and practices.

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

Y5+6

Year B

ISLAM

Beliefs and practices.

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

CHRISTIANITY

Christmas.

How significant is it that Mary was Jesus’ mother?

CHRISTIANITY Beliefs and meaning.

Is anything ever eternal?

CHRISTIANITY

Easter.

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

ISLAM

Beliefs and moral values.

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

  

This question requires 2 terms