Spring Term 2018

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RE

RE is delivered in accordance with The Agreed Syllabus for Religious Education in Norfolk – 2012, the 1988 Education Reform Act and the subsequent DES Professional Paper ‘Religious Education and Collective Worship’ Circular 1/94.


Key Stage 1 RE

RE is delivered in accordance with The Agreed Syllabus for Religious Education in Norfolk – 2012, the 1988 Education Reform Act and the subsequent DES Professional Paper ‘Religious Education and Collective Worship’ Circular 1/94.

RE forms part of the curriculum and is linked to topic themes where appropriate. RE teaching is concerned with learning about religion by helping pupils to develop a positive attitude towards other people, respecting their right to hold beliefs different from their own, and towards living in a society of diverse religions and beliefs.  It is also about learning from religion by enhancing the children’s spiritual, moral, cultural and social development.

Children are taught to ask questions, enquire into and investigate the nature of religion, its beliefs, teachings, ways of life, sources, practices and forms of expression. They gain knowledge and understanding of individual religions and how they relate to each other as well as studying the nature and characteristics of religion.  Children learn to communicate their knowledge and understanding by hearing and using specialist vocabulary linked to different religions and their practice, for example church, cross, baptism, marriage (Christian) synagogue, kippur, Shabbat (Jewish).  These aspects of learning are taught using appropriate cross curricular activities and focus heavily on speaking and listening, but also include role play and drama, literacy, art, music and movement, and computing.  They include lots of age appropriate visual aids and hands on experiences, including a visit to the church in Dereham for a role-play wedding, a visitor in school to demonstrate the celebration of Shabbat, and dance leaders to introduce children to Chinese new year and Indian dancing.   These activities and experiences stimulate the children’s involvement in their learning and allow children of all abilities to access the RE curriculum.  Children are encouraged to communicate their own ideas in their own ways in relation to identity and belonging, meaning, purpose and truth, and values and commitments.

RE teaching is designed to enhance the children’s spiritual, moral cultural and social development by developing their ability to reflect on and respond to their own and others’ experiences in the light of their learning about religion.  RE links well to our Golden Rules, PATHS and British Values teaching, and impacts on all areas of school life where children are encouraged to develop an understanding of, and tolerance and respect for the views and practices of other people.

Autumn Term 2

The whole school celebrated Christmas and learnt about the birth of Jesus as told in the Nativity story in The Bible.  Reception and Year 1 all took part in a fantastic Christmas production called “Baubles” which celebrated the Christmas Story and was attended by Parents and visitors.

Year 1 discussed how people celebrate Christmas, and talked about why this celebration matters to Christians.  They were given the opportunity to retell the Nativity story in different ways.

 

Children have been involved in making lots of Christmas crafts, and some children attended Christmas Club and made some great Nativity themed hand print pictures for display at the Salvation Army Nativity Festival in Dereham.  Edra Cooper from the Salvation Army wrote to thank us for sending the artwork.  She says “So many of our visitors commented on the excellent work created by the students and it was lovely to see proud children and their parents visiting the exhibition.”

Year 2 learnt about the symbolism of the Orange celebrated in the Christingle  service, and were able to explain that for Christians the orange represents the world, the candle is the light of Jesus, the red ribbon is the blood of Jesus, and the sweets are God’s gifts to the world.

When asked about their RE learning, the Year 2 children agreed enthusiastically that they enjoy their RE lessons.

“I like finding out about Jesus and God” said Maddison.

“I love Christingle because Jesus has birthdays” said Kieran.

Year 2 read different versions of the Nativity story and learnt about the Christian concept that Jesus’ birth shows the Incarnation of God in our world.  They retold the story using their literacy skills, and had the opportunity to see and smell some real Frankincense.

After they had finished their stories they shared them with Year 1 children.

Autumn Term 1 2017

This term the Reception children have been learning about Celebrations, including Diwali, the Hindu Festival of Lights. Children designed their own Mehndis, lanterns, shadow puppets, rangoli patterns and Diva lamps. They had a dance workshop with Miss Helen and she taught the children some dance moves and told the story of Diwali. They learnt all about Rama and Sita, Ravana the ten headed demon and Hanuman the monkey king! Everyone enjoyed trying on and dancing in some traditional clothes. In class children looked at Diwali information books, read stories and watched videos that helped them learn about a different culture.

Year 1 learnt about the celebration of Harvest and why this is special for people around the world.  They learnt that Christians celebrate all the things that God made when he created the world, and are thankful for what they have received.  Mr Garrod brought his tractor from his farm in Garvestone and he showed the children some of the wheat grown in his fields.

Year 2 also learnt about Harvest festival, and about The Creation story from The Bible.  They found out that this is a story that is special to both Jews and Christians and their Harvest celebrations are about thanking God for the good things he has given.   They retold the story, and made their own version of it.

Summer 2 – Juggling, songs and The Bible!

What’s so special about the Bible?  This was the theme of an RE day about Christianity looking at what The Bible is and why it is special to Christians.

First the children enjoyed an exciting assembly given by John Hardwick which included a puppet, songs and juggling!   John explained that sometimes we need an instruction manual to help us learn how to do something as tricky as juggling before we practice it.   Christians believe that the Bible is able to help them live a good life if they follow its teachings.  He then led lively interactive workshops for each of the Year 1 and Year 2 classes introducing the idea of the Bible as a collection of many books and stories read by Christians.

The day was provided by Barnabus in Schools.  This is an organisation that aims to enable schools to explore Christianity creatively.  It is part of the Bible Reading Fellowship, a Christian charity, and it provides a professional service to primary schools throughout England and Wales, offering quality creative arts-based Barnabas RE Days.

 

Summer 1 – Learning about Christian weddings

Year 1 learnt about the Christian sacrament of Marriage in their RE work this half term.  They have been enquiring and exploring what happens at a wedding in church, the people who play a special role, and the importance of the symbols and artefacts involved.  The children got involved with the preparations leading up to a Christian wedding and then engaged in role play on the big day.   Then they visited St Nicholas’ church in Dereham and three “couples” promised to be friends forever with Rev Dominique Turnham officiating.

The congregation of children and adults took part in the ceremony, including prayers and a hymn before having photographs taken, and then attending a wedding reception back at School.

The children also had the opportunity to explore the church and look at the building and some of the Christian and historical artefacts kept there.  (See Year 1 section of website for more photos!).

Spring 1 RE

Reception and Nursery have been learning about the Buddhist celebration of Chinese New Year.  They read the story of the Animal’s race, learned how to make lanterns and dancing dragon puppets, and worked with Miss Gina to perform a Chinese dance.

 

This half term the children in Year 1 and 2 have been learning about Judaism.

Year 1 were introduced to vocabulary and items that are important to Jewish people of faith.  They then learned about the story of good queen Esther, and how she saved many Jews from the bad Haman.  Children learned about why Jews celebrate this festival joyfully.  As part of their RE enrichment day they made Hamantaschen biscuits, and prepared for a role play celebration party by making Purim crowns to wear.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Looking at the Torah scroll

 

 

 

 

 

Enjoying the Purim Celebration

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Making Hamantaschen biscuits

 

This half term Year 2 have been learning about how and why people of the Jewish faith celebrate Shabbat.  They read the Creation story from The Bible together and learnt that in the story God created the world in 6 days and on the 7th day he rested.   Shabbat is the Jewish rest day, and is celebrated with a special family meal and prayers.   Children acted out a Shabbat meal, and made spice boxes.  They were encouraged to ask lots of questions, and talk about their thoughts and ideas.

Role play Shabbat meal.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Designing spice boxes decorated with symbols from the Jewish faith.

 


Key Stage 2 RE

In Key Stage 2 pupils are taught about Christianity, Sikhism, Islam, Hinduism, Judaism

and Humanism. Each year group has key concepts and key questions to explore. Christianity is now taught using the new Understanding Christianity planning and resources. Pupils learn about these concepts, develop their knowledge and skills, through asking questions, enquiring into and investigating the nature of religion, beliefs, teachings, ways of life, sources, practices and forms of expression. They gain knowledge and understanding of individual religions and how they relate to each other as well as studying the nature and characteristics of religion and spirituality.

Our RE teaching is focused on learning about and from religion, by helping pupils to develop a positive attitude towards other people, respecting their right to hold beliefs and values different from their own, and towards living in a society of diverse religions and beliefs. The pupils learn using lots of visual aids and hands on experiences, including special visitors, assemblies, special days, trips, art, music, drama and use of ICT. These activities and experiences stimulate the children’s involvement in their learning and allow children of all abilities to access the RE curriculum. Key Stage pupils do Easter baking, have visitors in to help explore Christmas and Easter in a hands-on way, explore creation in the outside world and visit Norwich cathedral. In Key Stage 2 we encourage our pupils to explore and discuss challenging questions, e.g. about the ultimate meaning and purpose of life, what is right and wrong, and the being of God.

Our RE teaching is designed to enhance the children’s spiritual, moral, social and cultural development by developing their ability to reflect on and respond to their own and others’ experiences and beliefs, in the light of their learning about and from religion.


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