Braunstone Frith Primary School

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Religious Education

Becoming a Theologian at BFPA

 

Key skill: to understand and have respect for different religions.

 

 

Our aim is that children who leave our school in Year 6 will be able:

  • To have a knowledge, understanding and respect for a range of world religions and individual beliefs.
  • To have a positive attitude towards discussing all religions and world views; to offer ideas and give clear responses.
  • To consider, compare and contrast different religious beliefs.
  • To explore and share their own beliefs, values and traditions.
  • To be prepared for active citizenship in a diverse and rapidly changing world. 

 

How our children learn to be Theologians

By following Discovery RE at Braunstone Frith Primary school we intend that Religious Education will:

  • Adopt an enquiry-based approach as recommended by Ofsted, beginning with the children’s own life experience before moving into learning about and from religion.
  • Provoke challenging questions about the meaning and purpose of life, beliefs, the self, and issues of right and wrong, commitment and belonging. It develops pupils' knowledge and understanding of Christianity, other principal religions, and religious traditions that examine these questions, fostering personal reflection and spiritual development.
  • Encourage pupils to explore their own beliefs (religious or non-religious), in light of what they learn, as they examine issues of religious belief and faith and how these impact on personal, institutional and social ethics; and to express their responses.
  • Enable pupils to build their sense of identity and belonging, which helps them flourish within their communities and as citizens in a diverse society.
  • Teach pupils to develop respect for others, including people with different faiths and beliefs, and help to challenge prejudice.
  • Prompt pupils to consider their responsibilities to themselves and to others, and to explore how they might contribute to their communities and to wider society. It encourages empathy, generosity and compassion. 
  • Develop a sense of awe, wonder and mystery.
  • Nurture children’s own spiritual development.

 

Every year, our children complete 6 units of work which is a balance between Christianity and one other world religion. This allows them to make comparisons between different religions and their beliefs and suggest reasons for the similarities and differences.

 

Our curriculum is as follows:

FS - Overview of main world religions taught through

everyday concepts such as celebrations, special people and stories. 

Year 1 - Judaism and Christianity

Year 2 - Islam and Christianity

Year 3 - Hinduism and Christianity

Year 4 - Buddhism and Christianity

Year 5 - Sikhism and Christianity

Year 6 - Islam and Christianity

 

Our children are provided with good quality resources and experience as much as they can first hand from trips, visitors and artefacts. Each year, children visit one place of worship to deepen their understanding of that religion. The children have opportunities to present their learning in a variety of formats, which enables them to become more informed and respectful theologians.