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Religious Education

Intent

At Great Missenden Primary School, we are THEOLOGIANS! 

Religious education contributes dynamically to children and young people’s education in schools by provoking challenging questions about meaning and purpose in life, beliefs about God, ultimate reality, issues of right and wrong and what it means to be human.

In RE children learn about and from religions and world views in local, national and global contexts, to discover, explore and consider different answers to these questions. They learn to weigh up points of view from different sources, to develop and express their insights in response and to agree or disagree respectfully.

Teaching therefore should equip pupils with systematic knowledge and understanding of a range of religions and world views, enabling them to develop their ideas, values and identities. It should develop in pupils an aptitude for dialogue so that they can participate positively in our society with its diverse religions and world views.

Pupils should gain and deploy the skills needed to understand, interpret and evaluate texts, sources and other evidence. They learn to articulate clearly and coherently their personal beliefs, ideas, values and experiences while respecting the right of others to differ.

Implementation

We have adopted the scheme of work set out in the Oxford Diocese Scheme of Work. This scheme uses units of work that build bridges between the religious content and the pupils own experiences.

In studying RE, pupils experience a variety of approaches to their learning, including:

  • Presentation by the teacher to include story telling
  • Discussion and debates
  • Individual and group investigations
  • All forms of ICT
  • Role play and simulations
  • The use of artefacts
  • Guest speakers from a range of faith communities
  • Use of a wide range of written resources
  • Visits to places of worship

Impact

Religious education at Great Missenden develops pupils’

  • Understanding and respect for different world religions, their beliefs and their values and traditions.
  • Skills of enquiry through response using religious vocabulary and questioning
  • Knowledge and understand of Christianity, Judaism, Islam, Hinduism and Sikhism.
  • Skills of reflection, expression, application, analysis and evaluation of belief and the communication of personal responses to these.

Religious education at Great Missenden encourage pupils to

  • Consider challenging questions of the meaning and purpose of life; beliefs about God, issues of right and wrong and what it means to be a human.
  • Learn from different religions, their beliefs, values and traditions and to understand the influence this may have on individuals, families, communities and cultures.
  • Develop their sense of identity and personal belonging and preparing them for life as citizens.
  • Develop respect and sensitivity to others.

Religious education at Great Missenden enhances pupils’

  • Ability to reflect on, consider, analyse, interpret and evaluate issues of truth.
  • To communicate their own personal response and reflection.
  • Opportunity for spiritual development.

Working Wall Examples

Lent Acts of Kindness Challenge

As the 17th February is Ash Wednesday that means Lent for Christians has started for this year.

Lent is 40 days long and reflects the time that Jesus spent in the wilderness after his baptism. Christians during this time may give something up or take something up. That may be give up chocolate or sweets, exercise more or think about ways they can be kind. 

Below is the 40 Acts of Kindness Challenge. You do not need to do every challenge as it is a past challenge document and some may not be COVID friendly but you can still adapt them for either yourself or a member of your family. 

If you do attempt any of the challenges please let your class teacher know.

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