RE

Selection of events from the year:
Christmas Service 2016
 
 

The children put on another fantastic performance at the Christmas Concert at Christ Church. Parents, grandparents, carers and friends were treated to a wonderful festive mix of Christmas carols as well as a beautiful Nativity performed by children from Year 3, accompanied by readers from Year 6.  The Community Choir opened the service with a few Christmas favourites and Miss Moorman had prepared some musical arrangements which our KS2 choir and ensembles sang most impressively, and Gin Woo performed a beautiful piece on the cello. It was a great way to end the term; thank you to the Church for their hospitality.  

We sent our donations off to the Bristol NW Foodbank; they were much appreciated.

 

Easter Service 2016

 

Our Easter Service was a lovely opportunity to end the term together. Our Reception children paraded into Church wearing their bonnets, each year group had made a cross and the children re-told the Easter story through drama, poetry and song.

Visit to the Synagogue

Year 4 walked to the Bristol Hebrew Congregation synagogue on Park Row. We have been learning about Judaism in our RE lessons so were looking forward to seeing a synagogue and asking some of the questions that we had prepared. When we arrived, we listened to a talk in the main hall about the origins of Judaism. We then enjoyed looking at some of the features of the synagogue such as the arc and even had a go at reading the Torah! Towards the end of our visit, the children were given the opportunity to try some traditional Jewish foods. They particularly enjoyed the lekach (honey cakes). We learnt a lot during our visit and are looking forward to discussing this further during our next RE lesson.

Subject Leader: Mrs Petters

Aims

Christ Church School believes that Religious Education should assist pupils in their personal search for meaning and purpose in their life through the exploration of human experiences which raise fundamental questions about beliefs and values.

The School aims:

  • To develop an awareness of self, others and of the world through reflection, relationships with others and responses to the natural world.

  • To develop an understanding of how attitudes and behaviour are influenced by beliefs, values and commitments.

  • To develop a knowledge and understanding of different religious beliefs, the ways in which these are related to sacred writings and the teachings of key religious figures and how they apply to everyday life.

  • To develop a knowledge and understanding of practices associated with worship, prayer, celebration and pilgrimage and a sensitivity towards the attitude of life from which these arise.

  • To develop an awareness of different means of expression and communication, including religious symbolism and key religious concepts.

Coverage

 Year group  Terms 1 & 2  Terms 3 & 4  Terms 5 & 6
 1
 Unit 3 ‘Why are some stories special?’’ Christianity and Judaism’ (C&F)
 
 Unit 4 ‘Where do we belong?’ Christianity and Judaism (B&D)
 
 Unit 8 ‘Why is our world special?’ Christianity and Hinduism(A&E)
 
 2
 Unit 7 ‘Why are some places special?’ Christianity and Hinduism (C&D)
 
 Unit 6 ‘How should we live our lives?’ Christianity and Judaism (A&F)
 
 Unit 5 ‘How do we celebrate our journey through life?’  Christianity and Islam(C&E)
 
 3
Unit 10 ‘What does it mean to belong to a religion?’ Hinduism (B,D&E)
 
Unit 2 ‘What can we learn from the life and teaching of Jesus?Christianity (B&E)
 
Unit 7 ‘How do people express their beliefs and identity?’ Christianity and other religions(C&D)
 
 4
Unit 3 ‘Why do religious books and teachings matter?’Christianity and Islam (C&F)
 
Unit 4 ‘What does it mean to belong to a religion?Christianity(B&D)
 
Unit 1 ‘What is important to me?Christianity and Judaism (A&D)
 
 5
Unit 5 ‘Why are some journeys and places special?’ Christianity, Islam, Judaism, Hinduism (C&E)
 
 Unit 8 ‘What do people believe about life?’ Buddhism, Judaism(A&E)
 
Unit 6 ‘How do we make moral choices?’ Christianity, Judaism, Islam, Hinduism(A&F)
 
 6
Unit 12 ‘What does it mean to belong to a religion?’ Judaism (B,D&E)
 
Unit How should we live and how can John Wesley inspire us?’Christianity  B&F)
 
Unit 11 ‘What does it mean to belong to a religion?’ Islam (B,D&E)
 
 

How the subject is taught at Christ Church

Religious Education is planned to engage children through a range of differentiated activities suitable for those of different ages, abilities and backgrounds. Pupils will be engaged in a variety of activities which will be structured to allow opportunity for reflection, exploration of beliefs and values, questioning and enquiry, investigation and personal response. This will be reflected in appropriate teaching and learning styles. A wide range of approaches will be used to help pupils develop their awareness and understanding of different religious beliefs. Religious Education is made more relevant by starting with the pupils’ own experience. Visits are made to places of religious significance and visitors from the community invited into school.

The programme of study in the agreed syllabus (AMV – Awareness, Mystery and Value) provides a balanced coverage of religions and beliefs and to focus on learning about and from key areas from the subject. These ‘areas of enquiry’ (AoE) are revisited several times at increasingly challenging levels, ensuring a deeper understanding over a broader range of religions and beliefs over time.
 

Assessment

Opportunity for assessment will be identified through planning Schemes of Work and will be continuing, integral part of learning. Pupil self-assessment will be planned for, particularly in those elements in Religious Education concerning personal response. Assessment will be made against a clear set of criteria based on concept, attitude, skill and knowledge development, and the ‘Can do’ Statements of Attainment as laid out in Awareness, Mystery and Value (AMV) the adopted syllabus for Religious Education. For pupils with Special educational needs they will assessed against P scales.
 

Opportunities for the application of maths, literacy and computing skills

At Christ Church by following the locally agreed syllabus (AMV) there is flexibility to complement discrete subject teaching with cross-curricular learning experiences that are more tailored to the needs of the pupils and community.

A variety of approaches are used as appropriate, e.g. debates, questioning and reflection, using artefacts, music, visual art, photographs, creative, factual and reflective writing, drama and simulation, visits and discussion, computing skills for handling data, recording drama or presentations, research for presentations and taking picture evidence. This effectively assists the children in their personal search for meaning and purpose in life.