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Lowton West Primary School

 

Religious Education (R.E.) at Lowton West

 

At Lowton West Primary School we work hard to promote the spiritual, moral, social and cultural development of pupils at our school and in society. Here at Lowton West, Religious Education is an important part of the curriculum. We hope to ignite a curiosity to learn about religion that will help pupils understand about faiths, beliefs and promote a mutual respect and tolerance for those of different faiths and beliefs. We help all pupils to develop an understanding of the place religion plays in people’s lives and how it has influenced history and the growth and development of society. We use the Wigan Agreed Syllabus to ensure the key skills are taught.

Each Education Authority has their own Syllabus for Religious Education which takes into account the various religions represented in their area. Different groups of people in Wigan meet periodically to develop an Agreed Syllabus and this forms the basis of the RE teaching at Lowton West Primary School.

The aim of Religious Education is to support children in the development of their own beliefs, values and attitudes, and also their understanding and knowledge of religious beliefs and practices in Britain today.

The Wigan Agreed Syllabus for KS1 and KS2 looks at Christianity, Islam, Judaism and Hinduism. It is expected that pupils will be able to describe some of the beliefs and practices of these religions, and also empathise and accept that there will be people with different views to their own.

As part of their spiritual development pupils are encouraged to look at shared human experiences, and to pose questions. Pupils begin to recognise diversity in religion, learning about similarities and differences both within and between religions and beliefs and the importance of dialogue between them. They extend the range and use of specialist vocabulary. They recognise the challenges involved in distinguishing between ideas of right and wrong, and valuing what is good and true. Pupils are taught to communicate their ideas and recognise other people’s viewpoints. They consider their own beliefs and values and those of others in the light of their learning in RE.

As well as written work, opportunities to develop knowledge and understanding through art, drama and visits to places of worship are part of the RE curriculum. It is hoped that by the time pupils leave Lowton West they will have visited or studied in depth Christian churches, Muslim mosques, Jewish synagogues and Hindu temples, looking at each building for both similarities and differences. Where visits to places of worship are not accessible, visitors are invited into school to work with the children to gain first-hand knowledge of different faiths and provide the opportunities for pupils to ask questions and develop their understanding further.

 

RE curriculum:

Year Group

Autumn

Spring

Summer

Year 1

Christianity: God

 

Visit to St Luke’s Church

 

Harvest

 

Advent and Christmas: Jesus’ birthday

Christianity:

Lent and Easter: Sorrow and Joy

 

Stories of Jesus

Judaism : similarities/ differences inc. rules

 

Religious Festivals

Year 2

Christianity: Life of Jesus

 

Christianity: Advent, Christmas and Epiphany

 

Christianity: The church

Visit to local church

 

Christianity: Easter Garden

Islam: Introduction to Islam

Year 3

Judaism: Responding to God

 

Christianity: Advent and Christmas customs

 

Christianity: Jesus

From Palm Sunday to Easter Day

Christianity: Christian living

 

Christian Calendar

Year 4

World Religions

Creation Myths

 

Christianity: Advent and Christmas - Elizabeth and Mary

 

Islam – The Mosque and worship

 

Christianity: Lent and Easter

Judaism – The people and the Torah

 

Christianity: God

Chinese Religions

Year 5

Judaism

 

Christianity: Advent & Christmas

Islam: the life of Muhammed

 

Christianity: Lent & Easter (Palm Sunday to Easter Sunday)

 

 

Christianity: The Church

Religious leaders of peace; A study of significant leaders – Nelson Mandela, Mother Theresa, Martin Luther King.

Year 6

Islam: The Five Pillars and celebrations

 

Christianity: Advent and Christmas – comparing the Gospels of Matthew & Luke

 

Christianity: The Bible

 

Christianity: Lent & Easter – the impact of the resurrection

Hinduism

 

Collective Worship

Assemblies and Collective Worship take place throughout the week following themes planned using the school Religious Festivals and Cultural Events Calendar. A Key Stage Two singing assembly takes place every Thursday where children learn a variety of songs which are used within our worship. We also have a celebration assembly on Friday to acknowledge pupils’ achievements. In addition to this, all classes have an opportunity throughout the year to lead an assembly for parents, which showcases the work they have been doing within class.

Alongside this we also have special assemblies throughout the year that link with key religious festivals or special events such as Harvest Festival, Anti-Bullying Assembly, Armistice Day, the KS1 Mothers’ Day Assembly and the KS2 Carol Service etc.

We also link our assembly themes to the SEAL units of work, religious festivals and cultural events and planned opportunities to explore a wide range of British Values throughout each term. (See our Religious Festivals and Cultural Events Assembly Planner).

SEAL TOPICS:                                                                 BRITISH VALUES:

New Beginnings                                                             Tolerance of others of different faiths and beliefs

Getting On and Falling Out                                           The Rule of Law

Going for Goals                                                              Diversity

Good To Be Me                                                              Individual Liberty and Thinking of Others 

Relationships                                                                 Democracy

Changes                                                                         Mutual Respect

 

 Religious Festivals and Cultural Events Calendar 2016-2017.

 

 

Slag Lane, Warrington, Cheshire, WA3 2ED

01942 724865

enquiries@admin.lowtonwest.wigan.sch.uk