Our Early Years curriculum focuses on ‘Understanding of the World’, including ‘People in the Community’ and ‘The World’. Children in Reception find out about similarities and differences between themselves and others, and among families, communities and traditions. In Key Stage 1 and 2 we aim to ensure that all pupils can describe, explain and analyse beliefs and practices, recognising the diversity which exists within and between communities. In addition to this we encourage the pupils to identify, investigate and respond to questions posed by sources of wisdom found in religions and world views.
To enhance their understanding we ask the pupils to explain reasonably their ideas about how beliefs, practices and forms of expression influence individuals and communities. We link our aims for RE to our school aims of Confidence, Community and of Love of Learning, as well as the values we share as a Rights Respecting School. We ensure the pupils are able to articulate beliefs, values and commitments and explain reasons why they may be important in their own and other people’s lives.
A group of Year 4's really showed their deep understanding of the Easter Story with this fabulous piece of work they collaborated on. Well Done all of you!
As part of our current R.E. curriculum we ask the big questions at the beginning of a topic. We encourage the pupils to question, explore and research different world faiths inspiring them to lead their own learning. To make the curriculum engaging we invite visitors in to teach the pupils in an engaging way. This year we have experienced:
- Bollywood dancing; when the pupils learnt a dance and key facts about Diwali.
- Diwali workshop
- Visitors for World Faith Day - when all the pupils were given the opportunity to explore and ask their own questions to find out more about three world faiths in one day: Christianity, Islam and Hinduism.
- Regular visits to the local church in our community to share three key dates in the Christian calendar: Harvest, Christingle and Easter.
To enhance our current R.E. curriculum, from September 2019 we will be following a new resource ‘Understanding Christianity’ to deliver a deeper understanding of Christianity as a world faith within our school. This resource will help the pupils to understand and explore how Christian belief and practice are shaped, makes connections with other areas of belief and understanding, and encourages reflection, evaluation and application.
Easter Ideas for Everyone
It is nearly Easter time, so here are some ideas you could do at this time of year with your families, but first can you answer this question?
Why do Christians put a cross in an Easter garden?
(This is the question we would be asking you all at this time of year)
Now can you make an Easter garden at home with your family? Here is a photo of an Easter garden to give you just an idea of how to make one. The children that made this planted grass seed and flowers that will be growing very soon! The grass seed and flowers represent ‘new life’ so please be as creative and thoughtful as you can.
What would you put in an Easter garden and why? Here are some ideas!
- A cross
- A tomb
Enjoy! Please take photos to share with families and friends.
Other Ideas to share
Early years have started their Easter gardens already! They have been reading and listening to Easter stories on Tapestry. They have also been inspired to read other stories such as ‘Jasper’s Beanstalk’, here are some ideas you could also take part in at this time.
- Make an Easter card
- Read the Easter story (there are many different versions)
- Write an Easter story
- Make an Easter bonnet or cap
- Decorate Easter eggs
- Have an Easter egg rolling competition! (This represents the stone rolling away from the tomb when Jesus appeared again)
- Can you make a list of what you think the cross means to Christians?
- Can you write 10 things you know about Easter?
Please take photos and keep your work to share with families and friends. You could also save your work and share it with others in school for when we are together again.
Here is a link to one of our local churches… All Saints Church in Wick. There are lots of ideas on here for you to try as well as videos to watch.
Take care and have fun!