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HMS Curriculum Intent

Our vision

To nurture, educate and inspire  our pupils to be creative, honest, perseverant, responsible, respectful and good friends to one another so that we come to life in all its fullness.

 

RE Intent: 

At HMS, we believe that the teaching of RE should nurture pupils’ curiosity and inspire a fascination about religions and people of faith that will enable them to develop empathy and a true spiritual understanding of what it is like to be part of, and share in, a faith and it’s practices.  

The RE curriculum is:

Designed to nurture, educate and inspire pupils…

At the heart of the RE curriculum is experiential learning. Every year the children visit either a place of worship and have a visitor of faith come in and share their experiences with the children. They explore religious traditions and artefacts to further develop their understanding and curiosity. RE is taught in a cross curricular way giving the children opportunities to explore each religion through relevant subjects such as drama, art and music.

Based on knowledge and skills 

As recommended by The  Oxfordshire Agreed Syllabus for RE, Key  Stages  1  and  2 study Christianity  plus  one  other religion  in  each  year  group, which means  both  religions  have  multiple  enquiries  (or  6  week  units)  per  year. This ensures  that  the  children  revisit  prior  learning  for  both  religions  throughout  the  year  to  build  on  their previous  enquiries. Christmas  and  Easter  enquiries  are  built  on  year-on-year  throughout  the  child’s primary  school  journey.  

 

Designed to be remembered

The  children  start  from  their  own  experience  to  ensure  understanding  of  the  concept  being  studied and  then move into  investigating  that  question in  depth  from  the  point of view  of  the  chosen  religion.

Sequenced and progressive

Over a series of carefully planned lessons  involving  investigation  and  discussion  throughout,  subject  knowledge is embedded. These  lessons  not  only  support  the  children  with  embedding  their  RE  knowledge,  but  also  contribute  to their  oracy  and  critical  thinking  skills.

 

Delivered using high quality texts

           

            Exposure  to  and  analysis  of  religious  texts  also  enhance  the children’s reading,  comprehension  and  inference  skills.

 

Rooted in talk

In every lesson pupils have the opportunity to describe, discuss and debate the Big and Key Questions. This enables them to use and understand the key vocabulary for each religion.

 

Designed to include key concept questions

Knowledge is structured using the Big Question and a key question for each lesson. At the end of each unit pupils use what they have learned and draw upon prior learning to answer the Big question. 

 

Rooted in our community 

When studying Christianity the children visit the local churches and speak to local clergy and members of the community to support the exploration of the Big Question. In collective worship members of the local clergy lead and share Christian beliefs, stories and prayer to further develop the children’s understanding of what it means to believe and practice a faith. 




 

Implementation

Our RE curriculum is based on Discovery  RE alongside Understanding Christianity. Both use an  enquiry led approach as the basis for  implementation.  Every unit (enquiry) is based around a Big Question. The Big Question for the enquiry is such that it demands an  answer  that weighs up ‘evidence’  (subject knowledge) and reaches a conclusion based on this. This requires children to use their subject knowledge  and apply it to the Big Question, rather than this knowledge being an end in itself. RE teaching focuses on critical thinking skills, on personal reflection into the child’s own thoughts and feelings, on growing subject knowledge and nurturing spiritual development. 

 

 

Year Group

Autumn 1

Autumn 2

Spring 1

Spring 2

Summer 1

Summer 2

1

Who made the world? 

Christianity

Why does Christmas matter to Christians?

Christianity.

Was it always easy for Jesus to show friendship?

Christianity

Why does Easter matter to Christians?

Christianity

Is Shabbat important to Jewish children?

Judaism.

Does celebrating Chanukah make Jewish children feel close to God?

Judaism.

2

Is it possible to be kind to everyone all of the time?

Christianity 

What is the good news that Jesus brings? 

Christianity

Does praying at regular intervals help Muslims in their everyday life?

Islam

What do Christians believe God is like?

Christianity

Does going to the mosque give Muslims a sense of belonging?

Islam

Does completing Hajj make a person a better Muslim?

Islam.

3

Does joining the Khalsa make a person a better Sikh?

Sikhism

What is trinity?

Christianity.

What do Christians learn from the creation story?

Christianity

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

Christianity.

Do Sikhs think it is important to share?

Sikhism.

What is the best way for a Sikh to show commitment to God?

Sikhism.

4

How special is the relationship Jews have with God?

Judaism

What is it like (for Christians) to follow God?

Christianity.

How important is it for Jewish people to do what God asks them to do?

Judaism

What kind of world did Jesus want?

Christianity.

What is the best way for a Jew to show commitment to God?

Judaism

When Jesus left, what was the impact of Pentecost?

Christianity.

5

What is the best way for a Hindu to show commitment to God?

Hinduism.

Was Jesus the Messiah?

Christianity.

How can Brahman be everywhere and in everything?

Hinduism

What do Christians believe Jesus did to save Human Beings?

Christianity.

Do beliefs in Karma, Samsara and Moksha help Hindus lead good lives?

Hinduism

What does it mean (for Christians) if God is holy and loving?

Christianity.

6

What is the best way for a Muslim to show commitment to God?

Islam

What would Jesus do?

Christianity

Creation and Science: conflicting or complementary?

Christianity.

What difference does the resurrection make for Christians?

Christianity.

Does belief in Akhirah (life after death) help Muslims lead good lives?

Taught in two sections over the term.



 

Progression and Sequencing of Skills – Religious Education

Linked to Discovery RE and locally agreed syllabus (Oxfordshire)

Knowing about and understanding religions and world views. 

 (formerly AT1)

EYFS 

Year 1

Year 2

Year 3

Year 4

Year 5

Year 6

Shows an interest in other people.

 

Understand family customs and traditions.

Explore and retell the Christian creation story

 

Remember some of the Christmas story

 

Explain that Jesus is special to Christians.

 

Retell a time when Jesus showed friendship

 

Recall the events of Palm Sunday

 

Talk about how

Jewish people celebrate the Shabbat.

 

Explain what the Chanukah symbol means.

Remember something Jesus said or did to be kind.

 

Explain how Jesus’ birth was Good News.

 

Explain what happens when Muslims pray.

 

Understand how Christians view God.

 

Talk about what happens when Muslims go to Mosque.

 

Understand the significance of Hajj for Muslims.

 

.

Talk about the meaning of Khalsa for Sikhs.

 

Start to explain the Christian belief of the Trinity.

 

Explore viewpoints about the story of Creation in Genesis.

 

Explain why Good Friday is so named by Christians.

 

Explore different ways in which Sikhs share.

 

Discuss the ways Sikhs show commitment to God.

Explain what makes Jewish people believe they have a special relationship with God.

 

Talk about what it is like to be a Christian.

 

Describe different ways Jewish people show respect to God.

 

Explore forgiveness in a Biblical text.

 

Explain how

Jewish people might show their commitment to God.

 

Explain the significance of Pentecost for the Christian Church.

Explain the ways Hindus show commitment to God. 

 

Question why Christians believe Jesus was the Messiah.

 

Understand that for Hindus, Brahman is in everything.

 

Explain why Christians believe Jesus saved Humans.

 

Explore how Karma, Moksha and Samsara help Hindus to lead good lives.

 

Discuss the Christian belief that God is holy and loving.



 

Explore how Muslims show commitment to God.

 

Explain the significance of why Mary was chosen as Jesus’ mother.

 

Describe what Christians might learn about creation from Bible stories.

 

Explain how resurrection impacts Christian beliefs.

 

Describe how

Muslims might try to lead lives respectful to God.

Expressing and communicating personal ideas related to religions and worldviews. 

 (formerly AT2 personal )

EYFS

Year 1

Year 2

Year 3

Year 4

Year 5

Year 6

Different things make me unique.

 

Understand that we don’t always enjoy the same things.

 

Talk about the past and present.

 

Understand that we don’t all do the same things.

Express an opinion about creation

 

Talk about how the world got here.

 

Make links between things that are important to me.

 

Talk about my friends and why I like them.

 

Explore what it means to be a good friend.

 

Explain how belief can affect decision making.

Explain why we should be kind with reasons.

 

Discuss the significance of Christmas as part of the BIg Story.

 

Understand that prayer can take different forms.

 

Offer and explain  my own opinion about ‘What God is like’

 

Discuss how Muslims feel a sense of belonging when they are praying.

 

Talk about how Muslims might feel after completingHajj. 

Explain how Diwali might bring a sense of belonging to Hindus.

 

Explore how Christmas helps us understand Trinity.

 

Start to explore my own views on what God is like and link to other religions I have learnt about.

 

Begin to tell you if I think sharing is important to Sikhs or not.

 

Empathise with the special feelings a Hindu might experience when at the River Ganges. 

Tell you how Jewish people might express their special relationship with God.

 

Compare different

people’s views

on being a Christian.

 

Identify how it would feel to keep Kashrut.

 

Ask important questions about how forgiveness is possible.

 

Express opinions on which ways I think are best for Jewish people to show commitment.

 

Understand the importance of worshipping God for Christians. 

Understand that there are different degrees of commitment.

 

Consider whether Jesus was really the Messiah.

 

Recognise what I think about some Hindu beliefs, showing respect.

 

Start to explain why I think some religious practices are more important than others.

Identify things I find interesting /puzzling about Islam.

 

Make links between the Virgin Birth and Christian

beliefs about Jesus (Incarnation).

 

Discuss the conflicts Science creates for the story of Genesis .

 

Ask important questions about belief in eternity and eternal life.

 

Explain why there might be different ways to show commitment. 


 

Evaluating/critical thinking in relation to the enquiry question 

(formerly AT2 impersonal) 

EYFS

Year 1

Year 2

Year 3

Year 4

Year 5

Year 6

Has a sense of their immediate family.

 

Beginning to have their own friends.

 

Understand similarities and differences.

Use creative ways to express their own ideas about the creation story.

Ask some questions about believing in God and offer some ideas of their own.

 

Ask and suggest answers to questions arising from stories across more than one faith.

 

Talk about issues of good and bad, right and wrong arising from stories.

 

Respond to examples of cooperation between different people. 

Suggest some ideas about good ways to treat others arising from their learning.

 

Find out about at least two teachings from religions about how to live a good life.

Ask questions and suggest some of their own responses to ideas about God.

 

Explore and suggest ideas about what is worth celebrating and remembering in religious communities and in their own lives.

 

Discuss their own and others’ ideas about why humans do bad things and how people try to put things right.

 

Discuss their own ideas about how people decide right and wrong.

Discuss their own ideas about the importance of values to live by, comparing them to religious ideas.

Express their own understanding of what a religious figure would do in relation to a moral dilemma from the world today.


 

Impact:

Assessment  in  Discovery  RE and Understanding Christianity  is  both  formative  and  summative.  

Pupils will be assessed at the start and end of each unit. During the cold task, pupils will answer the Big Question justifying their responses. At the end of each unit, pupils will have gained the knowledge and skills to answer the Big Question, justifying their answers and using key vocabulary. Key questions in each lesson will check prior knowledge and understanding which will inform any pre-teaching or additional consolidation needed.

Clear over-arching  learning  objectives  and  assessment  elements within  each unit  enable teachers to  pitch  and  plan  subsequent  lessons,  and  also  the  content which  can  contribute  to  the  overall  summative  assessment  completed  at the end of the unit. The  three aspects  are: personal  resonance  with  or  reflection  on  the  subject  content  in  relation  to  the  Big Question; knowledge  and  understanding  of  the  subject  content  in  relation  to  the  Big Question and evaluation/critical  thinking  in  relation  to  the Big Question.

 

 

 

 

Autumn 1

Autumn 2

Spring 1

Spring 2

Summer 1

Summer 2

FS

What makes people special? Christianity Hinduism

Why do Christians perform Nativity

plays at Christmas?

Christianity

How do people celebrate? Islam, Judaism.

Why do

Christians put a cross in an

Easter garden?

Christianity.

What can we learn from stories? All religions.

What makes places special? Christianity, Islam, Judaism.

1

Who made the world?

Christianity

Why does Christmas matter to Christians?

Christianity.

Was it always easy for Jesus to show friendship?

Christianity

Why does Easter matter to Christians?

Christianity

Is Shabbat important to Jewish children?

Judaism.

Does celebrating Chanukah make Jewish children feel close to God?

Judaism.

2

Is it possible to be kind to everyone all of the time?

Christianity

What is the good news that Jesus brings?

Christianity

Does praying at regular intervals help Muslims in their everyday life?

Isalm

What do Christians believe God is like?

Christianity

Does going to the mosque give Muslims a sense of belonging?

Islam

Does completing Hajj make a person a better Muslim?

Islam.

3

Does joining the Khalsa make a person a better Sikh?

Sikhism

What is trinity?

Christianity.

What do Christians learn from the creation story?

Christianity

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

Christianity.

Do Sikhs think it is important to share?

Sikhism.

What is the best way for a Sikh to show commitment to God?

Sikhism.

4

How special is the relationship Jews have with God?

Judaism

What is it like (for Christians) to follow God?

Christianity.

How important is it for Jewish people to do what God asks them to do?

Judaism

Is forgiveness always possible for Christians?

Christianity.

What is the best way for a Jew to show commitment to God?

Judaism

When Jesus left, what was the impact of Pentecost?

Christianity.

5

What is the best way for a Hindu to show commitment to God?

Hinduism.

Was Jesus the Messiah?

Christianity.

How can Brahman be everywhere and in everything?

Hinduism

What do Christians believe Jesus did to save Human Beings?

Christianity.

Do beliefs in Karma, Samsara and Moksha help Hindus lead good lives?

Hinduism

What does it mean (for Christians) if god is holy and loving?

Christianity.

6

What is the best way for a Muslim to show commitment to God?

Islam

How significant is it that Mary was Jesus’s mother?

Christianity

Creation and Science: conflicting or complementary?

Christianity.

What difference does the resurrection make for Christians?

Christianity.

Does belief in Akhirah (life after death) help Muslims lead good lives?

Taught in two sections over the term.

 

Shaded boxes are units taught from Understanding Christianity, unshaded boxes are taught from Discovery RE

Discovery RE information leaflet for parents

Oxfordshire Agreed Syllabus for RE

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