Ponsbourne St Mary's C of E Primary School

Love to Learn, Learn to Love

Newgate Street Village, Nr. Hertford, Hertfordshire, SG13 8RA

01707 872395

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Religious Education

Religious education enables children to investigate and reflect on some of the most fundamental questions asked by people. At Ponsbourne St Mary’s Church of England School, we develop the children’s knowledge and understanding of the major world faiths. We enable children to develop a sound knowledge not only of Christianity but also of other world religions. Children reflect on what it means to have a faith and to develop their own spiritual knowledge and understanding. We help the children learn from religions as well as about religions.

RE is an integral and vital part of our school curriculum and we hope that all children will take part. However, any parent can request permission for their child to be excused from attending RE (please see policy).

Our units of work are arranged around the eight key areas of learning from the Hertfordshire Agreed Syllabus 2017-2022: Beliefs and Practices; Sources of Wisdom; Symbols and Actions; Prayer, worship and reflection; Identity and Belonging; Ultimate Questions; Human Responsibility and Values and Justice and Fairness. The Understanding Christianity resource is also used throughout the school. As we have mixed-age classes, we carry out the medium-term planning on a two-year rotation cycle. We have planned the units so that all children are covering the same theme but at an age-appropriate level.

Adventurers (EYFS)

 

Year A

Year B

Autumn 1

Identity and Belonging

What is special about me?

 

Identity and Belonging

What makes every single one of us unique and precious?

 

 

Creation

What is wonderful about the world?

God

Why is the word ‘God’ so important to Christians?

Autumn 2

Incarnation

Why do Christians do nativity plays?

Beliefs and Practices

How do Christians celebrate the birth of Jesus?

Spring 1

Justice and Fairness

How should we care for animals?

(Christianity, Islam, Hinduism)

Fall

What can we do if we make a mistake?

Spring 2

People of God

Why do we go to church?

Salvation

Why do Christians put a cross in an Easter garden?

Summer 1

Gospel

What is the Bible? What is your favourite Bible story?

Kingdom of God

What do you think heaven is  like?

Summer 2

Sources of Wisdom

What do holy books say about kindness and friendship?

Prayer, worship and reflection

Why do some people pray?

Explorers (Y1/2)

 

Year A

Year B

Autumn 1

Identity and Belonging

How do I belong?

Identity and Belonging

What does it mean to be a follower?

Creation

Who made the World?

(Christianity, Judaism, Hinduism, Islam)

God

What do Christians believe God is like?

Autumn 2

Incarnation

Why does Christmas matter?

Beliefs and Practices

How do festivals bring people together?

Christmas, Hannukah, Eid, Divali

Spring 1

Justice and Fairness

How do we know how to be good?

Fall

How can we show wisdom in our choices?

How can we forgive ourselves and others?

Spring 2

People of God

What events are Christians remembering when they celebrate Easter and Pentecost?

Salvation

Why does Easter matter to Christians?

Summer 1

Gospel

What is the Good news that Jesus brings?

Kingdom of God

How can we try to make our lives ‘heaven on Earth’?

Summer 2

Sources of Wisdom

Why are some books called holy or sacred?

Prayer, worship and reflection

Why do people pray to God or Allah?

Pioneers (Y3/4)

 

Year A

Year B

Autumn 1

Identity and Belonging

How do I know where I belong?

Identity and Belonging

What does it mean to be a follower?

 

 

Creation

What can we learn from the creation stories?

(Christianity, Judaism, Hinduism, Islam)

God

What do we know about God?

 

Autumn 2

Incarnation

What is the Trinity?

Beliefs and Practices

Which is more important for Christians: Christmas or Easter?

 

Spring 1

Justice and Fairness

Does fairness mean everybody gets the same?

Fall

What is sin?

 

Spring 2

People of God

What is it like to follow God?

Salvation

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

Summer 1

Gospel

What kind of world did Jesus want?

Kingdom of God

When Jesus left, what was the impact of Pentecost?

Summer 2

Sources of Wisdom

What is golden about the Golden Rules of faith and belief?

(Christianity, Islam, Hinduism)

Prayer, worship and reflection

Can anyone pray? How should we pray?

Discoverers (Y5/6)

 

Year A

Year B

Autumn 1

Identity and Belonging

Does my faith affect the way I live today? 

Identity and Belonging

What might be the most difficult aspect of being a Jew, Christian or Muslim in Britain today?

 

Creation

Creation and Science – can religion and science both be right?

(Christianity, Judaism Hinduism, Islam)

God

What does it mean if God is holy and loving?

 

(Christianity, Judaism, Islam)

Autumn 2

Incarnation

Was Jesus the Messiah?

(Christianity & Islam)

Beliefs and Practices

What is the difference between the sacred and secular Christmas?

Spring 1

Justice and Fairness

Why is there evil in the world?  Does helping others mean we should expect something in return?

Fall

How does sin spoil creation?

Spring 2

People of God

How can following God bring freedom and justice?

Salvation

What did Jesus do to save human beings?

Summer 1

Gospel

What would Jesus do?

 

Kingdom of God

What kind of king is Jesus? 

(link to Mohammed as a leader. Leaders in the Bible)

Summer 2

Sources of Wisdom

Why were all the sacred texts written so long ago and are they still relevant?

(Christianity, Islam, Hinduism)

Prayer, worship and reflection

Does prayer make a difference?