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Religious Education

Our religious studies aim to help everyone gain a greater understanding and knowledge about the faiths held by people across our world, to investigate the common themes between them as well as those things that are unique and important to each. We also challenge and encourage children to follow their interests in RE to further their understanding and their tolerance of all. 

We have separated our study into three strands covering Teachers and Leaders, Ceremonies and Celebrations and Belonging and Beliefs. These are all studied each year with the children being challenged at an ever increasing level as they are introduced to age appropriately higher level Religious Education units. Click to see our Religious Education Framework of Teaching Units.

Nativity Celebration at St Edmund's Church

Our traditional end of year Christmas celebration went really well in 2015. David Paton-Williams, commented that this was the best nativity performance that he had seen and many, many people agreed. 

The service centred on an adaptation of Scrooge by Charles Dickens and was brilliantly acted and directed. Costumes were brilliant, singing great and the quality of acting was fantastic.

Opposite are a few of the images we have received  of the children performing; please send more!

Teachers and Leaders

This strand of Religious Education helps children to learn about the key roles within the major religions and those important figures that have been central to the development of belief systems and religious thinking.

Through this study children understand the impact and importance that key leaders and teachers have had on the growth of religions and religious teaching. They find out about what was important and influential for these people.

Ceremonies and Celebrations

This second religious education strand provides children with details of the important milestones within each religion. Birth, death and marriage ceremonies are all considered as well as key festivals

Children learn how these ceremonies and celebrations are central to the religious community and how they are linked to the teachings of the faith. 

Belonging and Beliefs

The final strand of our teaching investigates each faith and its main tenets. Visits to places of worship provide children with a greater understanding of the community side of religion and the main beliefs held.

The units studied provide a platform for children to research information and understand the beliefs of others in the context of their own strong family beliefs.

Religious Education Teaching Framework - Units of Work

Teachers and Leaders

Ceremonies and Celebrations

Belonging and Beliefs

Year 1

Special People

Celebrations

Belonging

Year 2

Leaders and Teachers

Celebrations

Belonging

Year 3

Christianity

Birth Ceremonies Sikhism

Year 4

Hinduism Becoming an Adult Hinduism

Year 5

Islam Christianity Islam

Year 6

Inspiring People Buddhism Judaism