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Religious Education

Religious education is taught as a compulsory subject in every year group in age appropriate manner. At Queens’ federation we follow the ‘Cambridgeshire Agreed Syllabus’ and the ‘Discovery R.E.’ framework.

Early years and Key stage 1 children approach R.E. through experiences and feelings they are familiar with. Subsequently they are able to relate these to questions about other religions.

In Key Stage 2 children are encouraged to engage with and openly discuss their understanding and opinions of religions and their philosophies, through an enquiry based approach.

Yearly Overview

Unlike literacy and maths, R.E. is often taught through a full day or week’s learning on a specific question enquiring into a religion and its practices. This gives the children the opportunity to engage fully with the topic. The principal religions within the local community and the UK will be covered in different year groups. The information below outlines in more detail the religions and questions covered in each year group. Many students will be given the opportunity to take part in philosophy sessions or clubs. Research has shown that philosophy aids deeper thinking and academic engagement.

Y1About me. I’m special. CelebrationsPeople in Christianity. The family in ChristianityIslam Parables (The life of Jesus)
Y2Judaism. Hanukah Shabbat/ PassoverPlaces in Christianity. Easter resurrectionSikhism. Stories and symbols. Self and community
Y3Hinduism. Diwali and beliefsChristian worship and EasterWhat does it mean to be good? Creation Stories
Y4Christianity and miracles. ChristmasIslam: Belonging and commitment. Easter ForgivenessChristian people and prayer
Y5Christian and Judaism. Is religion what you say or what you do? Christians in other parts of the World. What is it like to be a Christian in Vellore?SBU: (Discovery RE) What is the best way for Christians to show commitment to God? SBU: Ultimate Questions Part 1SBU: Ultimate Questions Part 2
Y6Just War: Were we right to fight? ‘Who do People say that I am?’Beliefs in Action. Cambridge Christians. Easter. Examining the Resurrection AccountsBuddhism. Moving On

For more information please click on the link to view our RE Policy on our Policies page.

Information for Parents

At Queens’ federation we openly encourage parents, other relations and members of specific faiths to come in to provide a personal and accurate explanation of their beliefs. These experiences are invaluable to the children and their understanding, due to the fact that they hear first-hand what it means to be part of different faith communities. If you would be interested in helping out in this way please speak to your class teacher.

Examples Of Learning

Year 1 were visited by Danny and Karen from the St Barnabas Church who helped to consolidate our knowledge about the Christian celebration of Christmas. We learnt that some people believe that Jesus was born to Mary and Joseph and that he would be very special. The children learnt about the story of the nativity by dressing up and retelling the story using actions.

In year 4, we have been focusing on “The Golden Age of Islam.” Here, we have focused on the 5 pillars of Islam and what they mean.

In Year 5, we had a discussion about rules. We thought about why they are needed and which we feel are important. We also had an interesting discussion about rules we wish we didn’t have to follow. After, we learnt about the 10 Commandments. We discussed what these all mean and then reflected on which we thought might be the most important for people to follow and why.

In RE, Year 6 have been thinking about God “incarnate” (God in human form.) What form might he take if he appeared today? We thought about different situations and placed our idea in an appropriate setting. Have a look!

Year 6 reflected on why we study RE, and the children suggested the idea of respect as a primary reason.  We then had a go at drawing our impression of Jesus, knowing there are few descriptions of him.