R.E. 2017 / 2018
In Nursery the children looked closely at the celebration of Christmas, and thought about what is special about Christmas. They listened to The Nativity Story, and then thought about what presents they would give to baby Jesus. The children thought about giving him milk ‘because babies like milk’, or ‘a teddy’.
During the topic ‘Festivals and Celebrations’, Reception looked at the festivals of Eid and Diwali, and the celebration of Weddings.
Reception children looked at beautiful Mehndi patterns which are a big part of Muslim and Hindu cultures. Mehndi is typically used to decorate the hands and feet of the bride and often the groom at their wedding, but is also applied during festivals such as Diwali and Eid.
Look at some of the intricate Mehndi patterns the children in Reception designed.
Reception children really enjoyed the story of Rama and Sita, and made their own colourful lanterns, like the ones used to guide Rama and Sita back home.
We looked at weddings from all around the World, and what is the same and different between them. Mrs Bowman and Mrs Cornwell even bought their wedding dresses in to class.
We have looked at what makes a church a special place for Christians. The children have been exploring some real life objects that belong in a church and have learnt and used the correct religious words and phrases to identify these special features of a church.
Year 1 children spoke about what makes a place special, and what a special place for them would be. Some children said their ‘bedroom’, other responses were ‘the beach’ and ‘Grandmas house’.
Year 2 have looked closely at Sikhism, and in particular they have studied the 5Ks which are physical symbols worn by Khalsa Sikhs, and how these influence the lives of Sikh families.
The five Ks are:
- Kesh (uncut hair)
- Kara (a steel bracelet)
- Kangha (a wooden comb)
- Kacch (cotton underwear)
- Kirpan (steel sword)
After looking at what is special to Sikhs, Year 2 thought about what is special to them, and their own special group – lots of the children said their special group was their family. See an example of the writing Year 2 did below.
We have been finding out ‘Who are the Saints?’ and studying why they are important. Year 3 children have been recognising similarities and differences between the lives of different saints, and they have made links between beliefs and sources, including religious stories and sacred texts. See an example of good work below.
At Christmas time, Year 4 discussed and thought about which Christmas character they would like to meet and why.
Year 4 have also been thinking about what different people believe, and finding out what people believe about the creation of our World.
In year 5 we have looked at Hinduism this term, they explored why and how Hindus worship, They asked the question ‘What can stories and images of deities tell us about Hindu beliefs about God’.
The pieces of work Year 5 produced on the Hindu religion were fantastic. Look below at this good example of a personal response written about Hinduism, which includes facts about the religion and the child’s own opinion.
We have looked at beliefs and actions in the World. They have considered what key beliefs influence people’s faith and how people of faith live their lives. Year 6 use good religious vocabulary to describe and portray ideas, beliefs and experiences.
Year 6 focused on humanism, studying the idea of ‘the happy human’ and thinking about the idea that ‘we are ball free to find our own way and be happy, as long as we don’t harm other people’. Year 6 children discuss or write personal responses to the ideas they study, and are able to apply their ideas to their own, and other people’s lives.
See examples of good work below.