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RELIGIOUS EDUCATION

AIMS:-

  • To encourage pupils to develop and build on their sense of identity and belonging.
  • To encourage pupils to develop respect for others.
  • To encourage pupils to learn about and explore their own beliefs and values (religious and non-religious)
  • To develop pupils’ sense of responsibility to themselves and others.
  • Where appropriate to prompt pupils to think about and reflect on life issues

 The Purpose of Study for Religious Education at Watergate School

Religion and beliefs inform our values and are reflected in what we say and how we behave.

It impacts on:-

  • Spiritual, moral, social and cultural development
  • Personal development and well-being
  • Community cohesion

RE is an important subject itself, developing an individual’s knowledge and understanding of the religions and beliefs which form part of contemporary society.  RE contributes to pupils’ personal development and well-being and to community cohesion by promoting mutual respect and tolerance in a diverse society. It promotes shared values and challenges racism and discrimination.

RE makes significant contribution to other parts of the school curriculum such as citizenship, personal, social, health and economic education, (PSHEE).  It also has links with Humanities and the Arts and lends to cross-curricular learning.

Where relevant for some pupils’ RE can provoke challenging reflection and deepen the understanding of the significance of religion, beliefs and cultures in the lives of others.  Exploring concepts of religion and belief and their roles in the spiritual, moral and cultural lives of people in a diverse society helps individuals develop moral awareness and social understanding.

RE is important in preparing pupils for adult life and lifelong learning.  It helps young people become successful learners, confident individuals and responsible citizens.  It gives them the experience, knowledge, skills and understanding to make positive choices and moral judgements and develop their own key values.

Overview of Learning in Religious Education at Watergate.

LEWISHAM AGREED SYLLABUS FOR RELIGIOUS EDUCATION provides a framework for the teaching of R.E. for schools in the borough.  Watergate uses this framework as a starting point for planning and teaching R.E. in the school. Our Curriculum is adapted to account for the learning needs of our pupils’ and to provide meaningful and motivating teaching opportunities, following a thematic approach.

Themes in the Agreed Syllabus:-

Foundation Stage themes

  • RIGHT AND WRONG
  • FESTIVALS
  • SYMBOLS AND RITUALS
  • LIVING THINGS

 

Key Stage One themes

  • NATURAL WORLD
  • WHO AM I? / BELONGING
  • FOOD
  • RIGHT AND WRONG
  • WEDDING

 

Key Stage two themes

  • PEACE
  • THE JOURNEY OF LIFE AND DEATH
  • RULES AND RESPONSIBILITIES   – as in Bridging Units A and B.

 

These themes are drawn out in Watergate’s 2 yearly cycle, providing opportunity for repetition of themes to consolidate learning and allow revision for our pupils’, as well as extending learning and understanding by developing and building upon the learning that has already taken place.

The 6 major world religions  – (Christianity, Islam, Hinduism, Sikhism, Buddhism and Judaism) are taught across the school, with an emphasis on the faith groups represented in our school community.

Religious Education – Y1-6

Knowledge and Understanding of the World  – YN/YR

Cycle 1

theme EYFS

YN / YR

KS1

Y1 / Y2

LKS2

Y3/ Y4

UKS2

Y5/ Y6

Travel and Transport

 

Whole school celebration:-

Carnival

Diwali

Christmas

 

Communities

Special People in our lives.

 

 

 

 

Special People, Places and key beliefs – Islam and Christianity

 

Special People, Places and key beliefs – Hinduism, Islam and Christianity

 

Special People, Special Places and Special Books – Judaism and Christianity

Purim

Passover

 

Food

 

Whole school celebration:-

Easter

Chinese New Year

Holi

Mothering Sunday

 

 

Special foods and special occasions

 

Special meals and traditions.

 

Special meals and acts of worship

Puja

Purim

Pesach

 

 

Special meals and acts of worship  – Candles and Food as symbols

 

Rosh Hashanah

Yom Kippur

Sukkot

Shabbat

Review festivals light (Diwali, Hanukkah

Christmas)

 

Caring for our World

 

Whole school celebration:-

Ramadan/Eid (as falls in calendar year)

 

 

 

 

 

 

Special stories

 

Special celebrations

 

Special Occasions and celebrations

 

Special Stories – Christianity and Islam

 

Right and Wrong – simple rules

 

 

Special Books and Stories – Christianity and Islam

 

Custom and Practice

Personal worship and reflection

 

Celebration of Weddings – Christian/ Hindu

 

Special stories – religious and cultural relating to Creation.

 

Parables and comparisons to stories from Sikhism and Buddhism

 

 

 

Religious Education  – Y1-6

Knowledge and Understanding of the World  – YN/YR

 

Cycle 2

theme EYFS

YN / YR

KS1

Y1 / Y2

LKS2

Y3/ Y4

UKS2

Y5/ Y6

Light, Sound, Electricity

 

Whole school celebration:

Christmas

Diwali

Carnival

Bonfire Night

 

 

 

Celebrations

 

Myself/Family

 

Family celebrations

 

Festivals of Light

Diwali/ Christmas

 

Candles and Light as symbols in Religion

 

Festivals of Light

Diwali, Christmas and Hanukkah

 

Candles and Light as symbols in Religion

 

 

Festivals of Light

 

Shabbat

Where We Live

 

Whole school celebration:-

Easter

Chinese New Year

Holi

Mothering Sunday

St Patrick’s day

St David’s day

 

 

Belonging.

 

Celebration in relation to stories and annual events.

 

Places of Worship and key artefacts.

 

Holi

Birthday celebrations –personal /Mohammed (pbuh)/ Jesus

 

Church /Mosque/ artefacts

Experience and participate in shared acts of worship

 

Compare two different Christian denominations

 

Places of worship – Synagogue,

Mandir o r Gudwara

Myself and the Animal Kingdom

 

Whole school celebration:-

Ramadan/Eid (as falls in calendar year)

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

About Me

 

Stories with morals

 

 

 

Jesus and Stories he told

 

Hinduism – Ganesh and Hanuman

 

Key values in religion/ Stories with moral issues

Right/Wrong – simple rules

 

 

Key figures in Religion:-

Buddha

Jesus and his friends

Mohammed (pbuh)

 

 

 

Special occasions/ Rites of Passage – eg Baptism

 

Key beliefs and Practice-

Buddhism – Festival of Wesak.   Kindness to all living things

Sikhism – Festival of Baisaki.    5Ks

 

People who follow example of Jesus – Mother Theresa,  St Francis of Assisi

 

 

 

 

School Times

School Day

Mon-Fri 9.15am to 3:30pm,

 

Early years / Infants Lunchtime 11.45am -12.30pm

Juniors Lunchtime 12-12:45pm

 

School Office - Telephone: 020 8695 6555

 

Office Email - admin@watergate.lewisham.sch.uk

 

Headteacher

Fiona Veitch

 

Headteacher@watergate.lewisham.sch.uk

Watergate School | Lushington Rd, London SE6 3WG