At Upperwood Academy, we believe that it is essential for our pupils to learn from and about religion, so that they can understand the world around them, showing respect and compassion for each other. Through Religious Education, pupils develop their knowledge of some of the world faiths, and their understanding and awareness of the beliefs, values and traditions of other individuals, societies, communities and cultures. We encourage our pupils to ask questions about the world and to reflect on their own beliefs, values and experiences.
Our Religious Education curriculum is enhanced further with trips to places of worship in our local area and by visitors coming into school to speak about various aspects of religions.
We use the agreed Barnsley Religious Education syllabus as the basis for our curriculum.
RE Coverage Document
RE Progression Document
When devising our curriculum map and aspects of progression for the teaching and learning in Religious Education, we identified some key aspects for the teaching of Religious Education within our curriculum:
- We teach the aspects of Christianity religion alongside key celebrations at Christmas and Easter in all years.
- We learn about Hinduism in Key Stage One alongside Christianity.
- In Key Stage Two, we learn about Christianity as well as Sikhism and Islam.
- Each religion covers 6 key questions: Why are these words special? Why are some places special? How can faith contribute to community cohesion? Why are some times special? What can be learnt by the lives of some significant people of faith? How do I and others feel about life and the universe around them? These questions ensure that we learn about holy books, places of worship and key religious festivals but also about beliefs and traditions in other religions, role models and ultimate questions about the world.
- These questions are broken down so that progression is clear and, although children may study the same question twice, they will not study the same aspect of that question.
- One key question is covered when learning about two different religions, so that similarities and differences can be made when learning about religion.
- We visit the local Churches in Darfield to support learning about our local area as well as to learn about the Christian religion. We also visit a Sikh Gurdwara and Hindu Temple to support our learning of different cultures, beliefs and places of worship.
Teachers are provided with planning time in addition to their PPA, to plan their curriculum. As part of this planning process, teachers need to plan the following:
- A knowledge organiser which outlines knowledge (including vocabulary) children must master;
- Vocabulary flashcards to be displayed in the classroom and used in lessons, allowing vocabulary to be explicitly explored;
- A cycle of lessons for each subject, which carefully plans for progression and depth;
- A low stakes quiz which is tested regularly to support learners’ ability to block learning and increase space in the working memory;
- Trips and visiting experts who will enhance the learning experience.
Our Religious Education Curriculum is high quality, well thought out and is planned to demonstrate progression. If children are keeping up with the curriculum, they are deemed to be making good or better progress. In addition, we measure the impact of our curriculum through the following methods:
- A reflection on standards achieved against the planned outcomes recorded on an assessment tool (Eazmag);
- A celebration of learning for each unit of work evidenced in a folder;
- Tracking of gains in each quiz;
- Pupil discussions about their learning;
The EYFS curriculum focuses on Christianity, alongside belonging in our new school, families and other communities. We look at:
- My world – me, my family and other people: Who is in my family and people in my new school.
- Special times: What is a celebration? Why do people have parties?
- Special places: What does it mean to be Christian and what is the Church?
- My world – me, my family and other people: What is a community?
- Special times: What is a Christening?
- Special places: Do all people believe the same? Where can you go for ‘quiet time?’
- In Year 1 we learn about Christianity and Hinduism.
- We learn about special religious words in religion including the Bible for Christians and the Bhagavad Gita for Hindus.
- We learn about special places in religion including the Church. We also learn about a Mandir and what a Hindu Shrine is.
- We consider our own feelings on the universe around us. We learn about respect including good and bad actions. We also learn about the Creation story and why it is so important to look after our world.
- We learn about the meaning of community in different religions. We also look at how events are different in different religions including weddings.
- We learn about special times in cluding the Easter story and Holi.
- In Year 2 we learn about Christianity and Hinduism.
- We learn about special times including the story of Diwali and Harvest time.
- We learn about the lives of significant people of faith. We learn why Hindu people might want to be like Rama and Site and we also look at the work of a Priest, Vicar and Bishop and the work they do.
- We also learn about how we feel about the universe around us and how that might be different to other people. We learn about the idea of reincarnation and what Hindus believe. We also learn about how we can protect the earth we live on.
- In Year 3 we learn about Christianity and Sikhism.
- We learn about the special words in the Bible in Christianity. We are also introduced to the Sikh religion and we learn about the Guru Granth Sahib.
- We learn about special times including a Sikh wedding. We also learn about Lent and why this is such an important time for Christians.
- We also learn about significant people of faith including the 10 Sikh Gurus as role models. We learn about what a role model is and role models we all might have individually.
- We learn about special places including a Gurdwara, the Sikh place of worship. We also compare different churches and why they might be different.
- In Year 3 we learn about Christianity and Sikhism.
- We learn about special words in religion including the ten commandments in the Bible and how these affect the choices Christians make. We also learn about the fifth Guru in Sikhism.
- We learn about special times in religion. We learn about how Jesus might have felt on Palm Sunday. We also learn about the life of Guru Nanak and the birthday celebrations.
- We learn about the significant people of faith including the 10 Gurus and how they are inspiring to Sikhs. We also learn about St Paul and how he was inspiring. We also consider who inspires us.
- We also learn about how faith contributes to the community. We learn about the services the Church provides and why. We also find out about the Salvation Army and what they do at Christmas. We learn about Ik Onkar and the impact on Sikh lives.
- We learn about special places in religion. We learn about some of the artefacts in a Church. We also question why a choir is an important part of a church. In Sikhism, we learn about what a Langar is and why it is an important part of the Mandir.
- In Year 5 we learn about Christianity and Islam.
- We learn about how faith contriubutes to community by learning about the teachings of James Hudson Taylor in Christianity. We also learn about the 5 pillars of Islam and why they are important to Muslims.
- We learn about Special times including Ramadan and what is meant by Ascension. We also learn about who are Catholic people.
- We also learn about how we feel about life and the universe around us. We learn about Islam and Christianity beliefs about the afterlife.
- In Year 6 we learn about Christianity and Islam.
- We learn about the special words in religion including the Qu’ran. We also learn about Parables.
- We learn about special places in religion. We consider why Christians want to worship together. We also learn about what a Mosque is.
- We learn about the lives of significant people in faith, including the prophet Mohammed. We also consider the qualities of Jesus’ friends.