Our RE curriculum precisely follows the Doncaster Locally Agreed Syllabus, to plan RE lessons in KS1. It is our intention that through studying Religious Education pupils at Sandringham will have the opportunity to engage in systematic enquiry into significant human questions which religion and worldviews address. The Religious Education curriculum is intellectually challenging and personally enriching and focuses on the following 3 key strands: believing, living and expressing.
Within the believing strand pupils in Year 1 begin to understand what Christians believe about God and about Jesus as the Son of God. This unit looks at stories about Jesus and stories that Jesus told. The planning gives opportunity for good links with the English curriculum. Teaching in this unit will help pupils to understand that Christians see God as Father and Creator and Jesus as the Son of God and an inspiration to Christian people. This unit also allow pupils to study prayer and in particular the Lord’s prayer. In Year 2 pupils to learn in depth from Islam, finding out about Muslim ways of life and beliefs, so that pupils can develop thoughtful ideas and viewpoints of their own about some religious and spiritual questions. Pupils find out about sacred books from more than one religion. It clearly builds upon work from unit F1 (Which stories are special and why?). We choose to study the Bible and the Torah or the Bible and the Qur’an rather than looking at all three sacred books.
Within the expressing strand pupils in Year 1 learn about different religious and spiritual ways of life about places of worship for Christians and either Jewish people or Muslims. Within the unit teachers should plan for a visit to the two places of worship being studied if at all possible. Pupils will have the opportunity to act as detectives answering their own questions about places of worship, what they are used for and their significance in the local community. In Year 2 pupils learn about different religious and spiritual ways of life about Easter and Pesach (Passover) and/or Eid-ul- Fitr. Through art, drama and music the significance of these celebrations to believers is explored focussing on story, symbol and particular celebrations.
Within the living strand pupils in Year 1 think about belonging. They will learn about how religious people show they belong to their faith community. They will learn about ways babies are welcomed in religions and the promises made at weddings. They will think about their own network of belonging and how we all belong to someone. In Year 2 pupils will learn about religious and spiritual ways of life about caring for other people and for the world. Through studying Bible stories, the lives of believers such as Dr Barnardo, Mother Teresa or a local believer, the Jewish practice of Tzedakah and Sukkot celebrations pupils learn about how beliefs turn into actions for many religious and non-religious people. The unit encourages creativity through the use of art and music.