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'In Church of England schools the students and their families can expect a religious education curriculum that is rich and varied, enabling learners to acquire a thorough knowledge and understanding of the Christian faith: for example through the Understanding Christianity resource. Church schools should provide a wide range of opportunities for learners to understand and to make links between the beliefs, practices and value systems of the range of faiths and world views studied. Church schools should use some form of enquiry approach that engages with, for example biblical text, and helps develop religious and theological literacy. Links with the Christian values of the school and spiritual, moral, social and cultural development are intrinsic to the RE curriculum and should have a significant impact on learners.'

The Church of England Statement of Entitlement June 2016

 

At Hanborough Manor School we teach Religious Education using ‘Discovery RE.’ alongside Understanding Christianity. Both schemes follow an enquiry-based model.

This approach takes very seriously the philosophy that children are free to make their own choices and decisions concerning religion and belief. RE does not try to persuade but rather to inform and develop the skills with which evaluation can take place.

We share the belief that RE makes a strong contribution to the education of each child by encouraging them to develop skills of critical thinking and analysis, as well as developing attitudes like empathy, sensitivity and understanding whilst being able to stand up for their own beliefs and challenge injustice around them. RE is taught through an enquiry-based approach; key questions are outlined below. Whilst the study of Christianity will form the main component of the Programme of Study, RE will also involve learning about Judaism, Sikhism, Islam and Hinduism.

RE is taught inline with the Oxfordshire Agreed Syllabus.

 

Autumn 1

Autumn 2

Spring 1

Spring 2

Summer 1

Summer 2

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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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