Religious Education at Pittington

At Pittington Primary School we seek to deliver an exciting RE curriculum based on the Durham Agreed Syllabus from 2012.  See below for our Long Term Plan:

 

Autumn

Spring

Summer

Y1

What can we learn about Christianity from visiting a church?

Why are gifts given at Christmas?

Why is Jesus special to Christians?

What is the Easter story?

What can we find out about Buddha?

 

 

Y2

Why is the Bible special to Christians?

What can we learn from the story of St Cuthbert?

How and why is light important at Christmas?

What does it mean to belong in Christianity?

How do Christians celebrate Easter?

How do Buddhists show their beliefs?

Y3

How do Hindus worship?

How and why is Advent important to Christians?

What can we learn about Christian symbols and beliefs by visiting churches?

What do Christians remember on Palm Sunday?

What do Hindus believe and how does this affect the way they live their lives?

Y4

How and why do religious people show care for others?

Why do Christians call Jesus the light of the world?

What do Christians believe about Jesus?

Why is Lent such an important period for Christians?

What do Christians believe about God?

Y5

What do Sikhs believe and how are these beliefs expressed?

What are the themes of Christmas?

What do we know about the Bible and why is it important to Christians?

Why is the Last Supper so important to Christians?

What can we learn about Christian faith through studying the lives of northern saints?

Why should people with religious faith care about the environment?

Y6

What do people use ritual in their lives?

What do the gospels tell us about the birth of Jesus?

 

What is religion? What concepts do religions have in common?

Why are Good Friday and Easter Day the most important days for Christians?

So, what do we now know about Christianity? (exploration through the concepts)

The 4 key concepts which underpin our RE teaching are Belief, Authority, Expressions of Belief and Impact of Belief.  Within in these concepts, the following 3 elements of RE emerge: Knowledge and understanding, critical thinking and personal reflection.

RE helps children to understand and respect each other’s personal beliefs and it should f RE never compromise a child’s personal faith. Learning about other faiths can enrich our lives and enhance and enhance community cohesion.

Where appropriate, drama is used to enact stories from different faiths. Our younger children have performed a stick-puppet show to the rest of the class to retell the story of Buddha and the injured swan.

In the following photos, Lower Key Stage 2 children enacted Jesus arriving in Jerusalem on Palm Sunday.

                                       

Below, Upper Key Stage 2 children are familiarising themselves with a story about Guru Nanak

Enrichment in School

We are proud of our close links with our two local churches: St Laurence’s Church and St John’s Methodist Chapel. 

http://www.saint-laurence.org.uk/

https://www.durhammethodist.org/churches/pittington-st-johns/

Every Easter, children from Y3 visit St John’s to perform a short Easter Service to parents, carers and the local community.  Before Christmas this year, we will be holding a Christingle celebration at St Laurence’s Church which will involve Key Stage 1 and Key Stage 2 children.   Recently, some of our younger children visited St Laurence’s Church to find out what we can learn about Christianity from visiting a church.

 

In Lower Key Stage 2, we explore what can we learn about Christian symbols and beliefs by visiting churches.

At Pittington, we are keen to acknowledge and celebrate the diverse society in which we live.

Upper Key Stage 2 children visited a Sikh gurdwara and Hindu mandir in Newcastle to heighten our understanding of these world faiths.

Mr Cloud Singh visited school very recently to talk to us about his Sikh faith. It was a pleasure to welcome him into our school and we all learnt a lot.