Religious Education at Martin Frobisher Infant School
At Martin Frobisher Infant School we follow the Wakefield Agreed Syllabus for RE. The syllabus explains the value and purposes of RE for all pupils, and specifies for teachers what shall be taught in each year group. It provides a coherent framework for setting high standards of learning in RE, and enabling pupils to reach their full potential in the subject.
We aim to deliver a high-quality Religious Education which will help pupils gain coherent knowledge and deep understanding of a range of religions and world views. It should inspire pupils’ curiosity to find out and know more about different religions and cultures. Teaching should equip pupils to provoke challenging questions about meaning and purpose, beliefs about God, issues of right and wrong and what it means to be human. Religious Education helps pupils to understand the complexity of people’s lives locally, nationally and globally, the diversity of societies and the relationships between different groups, as well as their own identity.
The principle aim for Religious Education
Our RE teaching explores big questions about life, to find out about what people believe and what difference this makes to how they live, so that pupils can make sense of religion, reflecting on their own ideas and ways of living.
Our RE curriculum is multi faith. The agreed syllabus requires that all pupils learn from Christianity. In addition we focus on learning from the religions of Islam and Hinduism. Festivals from other religions are also celebrated throughout the year.
In Religious Education we use our Key Objective Progression and Development by Year group to support skill and knowledge progression from Nursery through to Year Two. These have been divided into the following aspects …
- Believing (Religious beliefs, teachings, sources; questions about meaning, purpose and truth)
- Expressing (Religious and spiritual forms of expressions; questions about identity and diversity)
- Living (Religious practices and ways of living; questions about values and commitments)
Skills Ladder for Religious Education
Children enjoyed sharing what they have been learning about over the last half term in Religious Education lessons.
Lower Foundation - "Harvest festival - cutting the corn and then it comes out of the back...Diwali has lots of colours"
Upper Foundation Starfish - "Diwali - it's a celebration as well, we made diva lamps"
Upper Foundation Angelfish - "Diwali - Fireworks, there was a bad guy who was trying to hurt someone, we made diva lamps with candles"
Key Stage 1 Jellyfish - "Christians, Jesus is a Christian. Christians go to church and sing songs, they might make a speech. We celebrated Harvest Festival at church, we took food for people"
Key Stage 1 Turtles - "Christians, a Christian can be any person, they go to church, lots of celebrations. We brought food and fruits in to give to people who don't have as much as us, we celebrated Harvest Festival"
Key Stage 1 Dolphins - "Christians, a Christian is a person that celebrates Christmas. They go to church, they pray and sing songs. They celebrate Christmas, Easter and Harvest Festival. Fruits are harvested by the farmers for us to eat, we give to people who haven't got much to eat".
At Martin Frobisher Infants, we aim to fully involve our families and school community in the curriculum. In Religious Education we will do this by:
- Informing parents of any current Religious Education projects through curriculum overviews.
- We will encourage parents to contribute to their child’s learning through homework, such as sharing information about special celebrations.
- Inviting families to celebration events, such as Harvest Festivals, Nativity and Easter Services and creation days.
If you have any questions about our RE teaching and learning please speak to your child's class teacher or Mrs Steinmann-Burnell, RE curriculum leader.