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RE

What does your child learn at school each day? Find information about our RE curriculum here.

RE Overview

EYFS- Autumn 1.

 

Special People- Who is special?

 

Learning Objectives

Topic Overview

Suggested Teaching Activities/  Learning Experiences

Children will begin to know about their own cultures and beliefs.

 

AT1- Learning about Religion. Knowledge and Understanding.

Pupils should:

  • Know who is special to them.
  • Know what makes a special person.
  • Know that Jesus is special to Christians.

AT2- Learning from Religion. Response, Evaluation and Application.

Pupils should:

  • Discuss why each of us is special.

 

 

This unit identifies who is special to them.

  • Circle time activity- I am special. Spider diagram- What makes them special.
  • Have a box with a lid, with a mirror stuck in. Tell the children we have a special father in heaven- God. He looks after and loves us all. In our box, we have something very special God has made. Paint portraits of themselves.
  • Work together to write a thank you prayer for making them special.
  • Read ‘Wonderful Earth’ Discuss how everyone is special and a member of God’s Family.
  • What did Jesus do that made him special? Create a spider gram of ideas.

EYFS-Autumn 2.

 

Special Times 1- Festivals of Light

 

Learning Objectives

Topic Overview

Suggested Teaching Activities/  Learning Experiences

Children will understand that people have different needs, views, cultures and beliefs that need to be treated with respect.

Children will have a developing respect for their own cultures and beliefs and those of other people.

Children will begin to know about their own cultures and beliefs and those of other people.

 

AT1- Learning about Religion. Knowledge and Understanding.

Pupils should:

  • Have an understanding of celebrations of light.
  • Experience a celebration from other cultures.

AT2- Learning from Religion. Response, Evaluation and Application.

  • Explore the feelings of excitement, joy and wonder.
  • Compare the similarities and difference in celebrations.

 

This unit explores festivals of light- Hannukah, Diwali and Christingle.

  • Explore Diwali.  Share the story of divali – Rama and Sita.  Children to all make a diva lamp from clay.
  • Discuss the festival, look at symbols and artefacts.  Read the story of Hanukkah.  Children to colour in a hanukiah and use puppets to retell the story.  Sing the eight nights of Hanukkah song.
  • Discuss how the families celebrate Hanukkah Sing 8 special gifts.  Show the children a dreidel and play the dreidel game.  Sing the dreidel song.
  • Christingle – Look at decoration and the meaning.  Children to make a christingle.
  • Advent. Look at advent wreath and know what happens at this time of year.

EYFS- Spring 1.

 

Special Times 2

 

Learning Objectives

Topic Overview

Suggested Teaching Activities/  Learning Experiences

Children will understand that people have different needs, views, cultures and beliefs that need to be treated with respect.

Children will have a developing respect for their own cultures and beliefs and those of other people.

Children will find out about past and presents events in their own lives and in those of their families and other people they know.

Children will begin to know about their own cultures and beliefs and those of other people.

 

AT1- Learning about Religion. Knowledge and Understanding.

Pupils should:

  • Have an understanding of celebrations.
  • Recall special times in their lives.
  • Experience a celebration from other cultures.

AT2- Learning from Religion. Response, Evaluation and Application.

  • Explore the feelings of excitement, joy and wonder.

Compare the similarities and difference in celebrations.

This unit explores celebrations and reasons for celebrations.

  • Discuss what celebrations mean to them. How do people prepare for celebrations? Reflect on the concept of New Year. What it means to start again? Hopes for the New Year.
  • Chinese New Year. (Two lessons). Share the story, Lion Dance, Act out the story, Make Chinese Lanterns, try different types of food.
  • Birth- Have a collection of baby things, look at a story about a new baby arriving. Ask the children to share their experiences of new babies.
  • Birthdays- every year we remember the day we were born, how do we celebrate? Children to plan their own perfect birthday party.
  • Birthdays- how do we feel when our birthday is forgotten. Read Kipper’s Birthday, discuss that person’s feelings. Relate back to Christmas- Jesus’ birthday.

 

 EYFS-Spring 2.

 

Our Special World

 

Learning Objectives

Topic Overview

Suggested Teaching Activities/  Learning Experiences

Children will have a developing respect for their own cultures and beliefs and those of other people.

Children will begin to know about their own cultures and beliefs and those of other people.

AT1- Learning about Religion. Knowledge and Understanding.

Pupils should:

  • Know that we believe that God created the world.
  • Know that aspects of creation can point to the existence of God.

AT2- Learning from Religion. Response, Evaluation and Application.

  • Begin to grasp the amazing wonder of creation.
  • Begin to communicate their feelings about the world.
  • Begin to create their own image of God.

 

This unit explores the Creation story.

  • Read the story of Creation. Have a collection of different creation books. Make a creation display.
  • Dance the Creation story.
  • Write a list of what God has made. What questions would you like to ask God about creation? What do the children think are the best things and worst things about creation.
  • Talk to God and tell him how great creation is. Write Thank you and praise prayers.

EYFS-Summer 1.

 

Special Objects

 

Learning Objectives

Topic Overview

Suggested Teaching Activities/  Learning Experiences

Children will have a developing respect for their own cultures and beliefs and those of other people.

Children will begin to know about their own cultures and beliefs and those of other people.

 

AT1- Learning about Religion. Knowledge and Understanding.

Pupils should:

  • Know that the bible is a special book for Christians.
  • Know which artefacts are related to Christianity.

AT2- Learning from Religion. Response, Evaluation and Application.

Pupils should:

  • Observe and explore how special objects are treated.
  • Talk about which objects or books are special to them.
  • Be able to identify what makes an object special.

 

This unit allows the children to explore which objects are special to them.

  • Circle time- to share objects which are special to them. Make a class book entitled Our Treasures.
  • Introduce objects which are symbols of everyday life. Ask the children to draw their own symbols of what things they do in their families.
  • Introduce artefacts related to Christianity. Talk about why they are special to Christians.
  • Share with the children a book that is precious to you- talk about how to look after and respect books.
  • Talk about children’s own special stories and why they chose them.
  • Collect a range of bibles- discuss that the bible is a very special book for Christians. Talk about the contents and how it is used.

EYFS - Summer 2.

 

Special Places

 

Learning Objectives

Topic Overview

Suggested Teaching Activities/  Learning Experiences

Children will have a developing respect for their own cultures and beliefs and those of other people. They will begin to develop an appreciation and wonder of The Church and other places of worship by developing their imagination and curiosity.

AT1-Learning about Religion.

Knowledge and Understanding.

Pupils should:

  • Know why a place is special
  • Know some religious symbols
  • The people associated with the special building

AT2-Learning from Religion.

Response, Evaluation and Application.

  • Discuss why different places are special.

In this unit children will learn about special places. They will look at special buildings, the Church and other places of worship. They will see and learn about the symbolism in different places of worship.

Discuss children’s special places. Why are they special? What is inside their special place? Draw/paint pictures of their special places.

Look at pictures of special buildings and discuss who lives there or works there.

Visit St. Matthew’s C of E Church and explore. Learn about why this is a special place.

Explore the different symbols in the church.

Look at pictures of other places of worship. How are they different to our church?

 

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