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Religious Education

Religious Education and Worship

 

RE Curriculum

We follow a scheme of work for our Religious Education teaching called Understanding Christianity. The 'big story' of the Bible is taught across the school through 8 'core concepts' which children encounter a number of times as they move through the school. 

 

Pupils will encounter these concepts, and teachers teach them through key questions, using a model with three elements.

This develops pupils’ abilities to make sense of texts related to the core concepts, to understand the impact of belief in these concepts in the lives of Christians and the Christian community, and to make connections beyond the concepts with other learning, including pupils’ own responses. 

 

There is also opportunity in other terms to learn about world faiths, where different year groups take time focusing on religions around the world. For this we follow the Emmanuel Scheme. Children show their understanding through a variety of creative activities as well as expressing their knowledge through the written word.
 

 

 

Term 1

Term 2

Term 3

Term 4

Term 5

Term 6

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FRUITS OF THE SPIRIT

GOSPEL – Good News & the love of God

What makes every single person unique and precious?

 

The ‘Lost Sheep Story’

 

FRUITS OF THE SPIRIT

INCARNATION

Why do Christians perform Nativity plays at Christmas?

 

Christingle

Divali

Including a lesson on a Sikh story: Har Gobind and the Princes

 

 

 

FRUITS OF THE SPIRIT

GOSPEL – Good News

How can we help others when they need it?

 

Chinese New Year

 

Including a lesson on a Buddhist story: The Monkey King

 

 

FRUITS OF THE SPIRIT

SALVATION

Why do Christians put a cross in Easter garden?

 

Including a lesson on Hindus celebrating at Raksha Bandhan.-

celebrates the unique bond between a brother and his sister.

FRUITS OF THE SPIRIT

CREATION

How can we care for our wonderful world?

 

 

Including a lesson on a Muslim story: Mohammad and the Ants.

FRUITS OF THE SPIRIT

CREATION

How can we care for our wonderful world?

 

Church Visit

EYFS Church Service

 

Including a lesson on Tu be Shevat: The Jewish ‘Birthday of Trees’.

 

Year 1

GOD

What do Christians believe that God is like?

INCARNATION

Why does Christmas matter to Christians?

Being aware of Advent and the birth narrative of Jesus

GOSPEL

What is the good news that Jesus brings?

Understanding the good news is being loved by God and being forgiven

SALVATION

Why does Easter matter to Christians?

Understanding that Jesus brought forgiveness

JUDAISM

Mitzvot/tzedakah

Why is learning to do good deeds so important to Jewish people?

 

JUDAISM

Torah/rabbi

Why is the Torah such a joy for the Jewish community?

Year 2

CREATION

Who made the world?

INCARNATION

Why does Christmas matter to Christians?

Understanding the meaning of Advent and that Jesus was extraordinary

GOSPEL

What is the good news that Jesus brings?

Understanding that forgiveness brings peace and connecting this to a Bible story

 

SALVATION

Why does Easter matter to Christians?

Understanding that Jesus builds a bridge between God and man

 

HINDUISM

Karma

Why do Hindus want to collect good karma?

ISLAM

Mercy/compassion

How do Muslims show Allah is compassionate and merciful?

Year 3

PEOPLE OF GOD

What is it like to follow God?

INCARNATION/GOD

What is the trinity?

Learning about Jesus’ Baptism & Christian Baptism.

 

ISLAM

Submission

How does a Muslim show their submission and obedience to Allah?

 

SALVATION

Why do Christians call the day Jesus died ‘Good Friday’? Learning about the events of Holy Week

KINGDOM OF GOD

When Jesus left, what was the impact of Pentecost?

 

JUDAISM

Covenant

What symbols and stories help Jewish people remember their covenant with God?

Year 4

CREATION

What do Christians learn from the Creation story?

INCARNATION/GOD

What is the Trinity?

Exploring the symbolism through the creative arts & referencing Jesus’ Baptism, linking this to the ‘Big Story’ of Christianity

 

 

 

 

 

GOSPEL

What kind of a world did Jesus want?

SALVATION

Why do Christians call the day Jesus died ‘Good Friday’?

Understanding the significance of the events of Holy Week

HINDUISM

Dharma

How does the story of Rama and Sita inspire Hindus to follow their dharma?

ISLAM

Prophethood

Why do Muslims call Muhammad the ‘seal of the prophets’?

Year 5

GOD

What does it mean if God is loving and holy?

 

INCARNATION

Was Jesus the Messiah?

Understanding the meaning of Incarnation and referencing some Old Testament texts

GOSPEL

What would Jesus do?

 

SALVATION

What did Jesus do to save human beings?

KINGDOM of GOD

What kind of King was Jesus?

ISLAM

Revelation

What does the Qur’an reveal about Allah and his guidance?

Year 6

CREATION

Creation and Science: conflicting or complementary?

INCARNATION

Was Jesus the Messiah?

Making links between Old & New Testament texts and explaining how this is shown in Christian practices

PEOPLE of GOD

How can following God bring freedom and justice?

 

SALVATION

What difference does the resurrection make for Christians?

SIKHISM

Equality

How do Sikhs put their beliefs about equality into practise?

HINDUISM

Brahman

How do questions about Brahman and atman influence the way a Hindu lives?

    

 Year 4 Children exploring Creation: "What do Christians learn from the Creation story?"

                                   

                                           

Year 3 Children making matzos as part of their learning on Judaism: "What symbols and stories help Jewish people remember their covenant with God?"

                     

                        Year 1 Pupil Voice......... 

Collective Worship

As a Church of England school our daily worships are an important part of the day. We start our week with a whole school Worship led by a member of All Saints, our partner church. They also lead a singing worship on Wednesday where hymns old and new are learnt and practiced. Fridays are our Celebration Worships, led by Year 6, where we recognise the achievements of pupils both academically with Headteacher awards for Achievement and Progress as well as for Effort and Enthusiasm. Children can also earn Fermor merits for courtesy, politeness and kindness in and around the school, which are collected and each week one person is chosen to receive a £5 book token. Other worships include Key Stage Worships on Thursdays where a Bible parable or story is explored based on the Fruits of the Holy Spirit, as found in Paul's letter to the Galatians. Worships on Tuesdays explore a variety of events or special dates which are also linked to our Christian monthly themes which are: Growth Mind-Set, Compassion, Courage, Hope, Creativity, Wisdom, Forgiveness, Respect, Unity, Honesty, Curiosity. On the first Wednesday of each month the whole school meets at All Saints church and one year group leads the service focusing on their class value. They deliver the Bible message through art, drama, poetry or prose and we have a talk by one of the All Saints church leaders. We also have special Worships with visiting speakers where we learn more about how to help and support others, showing respect to those around us by supporting both local and national charities and organisations.

                                         


In response to thinking about our September Value of Growth Mind-set, children produced these beautiful butterflies after several drafts and specific feedback from their learning partners.

Bishop Ruth's visit

We were honoured to welcome the Bishop of Horsham, Ruth Bushyager, to speak at our

Year 6 Leaver's Service. We were the only school she visited and the children were heartened by her encouraging, positive words as they contemplated together moving on to secondary school. Ruth was particularly impressed by our butterfly display, for which every year group in the school had contributed. The butterflies spoke of hopefulness and new beginnings and were part of an initiative that the Church of England at Chichester Cathedral had promoted for the occasion.

               

Classroom Reflection

Each classroom has a ‘Pause for reflection’ area and prayer tree to enable children to explore faith and spirituality in a safe, creative and interactive way. Reflection Areas are used as a focus for children's prayers and thoughts often to enable reflection on RE teaching or Collective Worship times. These areas also display the class value and Bible scripture. Children are encouraged to think about the outworking of the value in their own lives and in the school community.   

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Wider Application

RE has a particular contribution to make towards the spiritual, moral, social and cultural education of each pupil. It involves learning about the Christian religion, the main world religions and our core values of inspire, believe, achieve. Our Christian learning comes through the Understanding Christianity scheme which develops pupils understanding of the Bible through the themes of Creation, People of God, Incarnation, the Gospels and Salvation. These themes are reflected in our worships so each pupil can explore, discuss and reflect on the key messages. When exploring these themes the pupils are encouraged to use different areas of the curriculum to help support their learning, some of these being drama, art, role play, discussion, ICT, reading and writing. There are also visits to places of worship and visitors to school which help to engage and develop pupils’ understanding. We also have a duty to foster an accurate and increasing understanding of religions and world views. We encourage all pupils of whatever faith to explore the beliefs, rituals and festivals of others and to develop a deeper understanding of their own beliefs and practices. As a result, pupils will gain greater insight into the world in which they are growing up. These outcomes contribute to harmonious relationships within and between communities, promoting social inclusion and combating prejudice.

 

 

The Parable of the Lost Sheep

As a school, we have adopted the Parable of the Lost Sheep which is found in the Gospel of Luke chapter 15. In this story the Shepherd leaves the ninety nine to go in search of the one which was lost. Likewise, we at Fermor seek to include and care for all, making sure that no one is left behind.

                                 

SIAMS - Statutory Inspection of Anglican and Methodist Schools

As a Church of England Primary School, the SIAMS team ask the question: 

'How effective is the school’s distinctive Christian vision, established and promoted by leadership at all levels, in enabling pupils and adults to flourish?'

The SIAMS Evaluation Schedule September 2018. Find out more.

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