To mark Remembrance Day we reminded ourselves about the importance of the day. We then lined up as a school and listened to the very poignant song 'The Last Post' whilst thinking about the brave soldiers who gave their lives for our country. We then had two minutes...
Year 1 have been learning all about the importance of Harvest. They made bread as part of their Harvest work and were able to confidently follow instructions.
Year 6 have been learning all about forgiveness and the importance of this value. They have worked hard to think about the importance of ensuring you are always living your life as Jesus told us to and living a fruitful life. [gallery type="rectangular"...
Imam came to talk to us all about the Muslim religion. He taught us lots of knowledge about the Muslim faith including how they pray and the different beliefs. The children learnt lots of new knowledge and asked lots of interesting questions. [gallery...
Year 5 have had a wonderful afternoon where they have had a special visitor from the Muslim community. Imran visited our class to teach us all about Muslim beliefs and tell us about the place of worship in Barnsley. We gained lots of new knowledge throughout the...
Year 5 have been learning all about the Pongal Festival as part of their Harvest work. We learnt all about the meaning of Rangoli, explored different types of it as well as creating our very own. We used different ways in which we wanted to apply colour to our work....
Year 5 have been working hard to gain knowledge about the Pongal Festival and how it is celebrated. We learnt that there are four special days in which they celebrate it. We then applied the knowledge we learnt to our written work where we wrote a non - chronological...
Class Newcomen have been designing and making their own Hopi dolls in harvest week focusing on the Native American harvest, we learnt lots of interesting knowledge about how Harvest is celebrated.
Year 3 have been working hard when learning all about the Holi Festival. They were able to display the knowledge that they had learnt in a variety of ways.
We believe, at Elsecar Holy Trinity Primary School, in developing a positive attitude and a love of learning towards Religious Education. Through the delivery of Religious Education, we aim to:
- promote pupil’s spiritual, moral, social and cultural development.
- prepare pupils for the opportunities, responsibilities and experiences of life.
- establish the principles for distinguishing the difference between right and wrong.
- developing knowledge, understanding and appreciation of pupil’s own and other’s beliefs and cultures.
- promote equality and empower pupils with the opportunity to challenge discrimination and stereotyping.
- support thoughtful debate and discussion around sensitive topics like the existence of God, life after death and the meaning of life, enable the pupils to think beyond their normal daily experiences.
Our approach follows the philosophy that children are free to make their own choices and decisions concerning religion and belief. RE does not try to persuade but rather to inform and develop the skills with which evaluation can take place
The school follows the Barnsley Syllabus for RE and uses Discovery RE as a toolkit for implementing this. At Elsecar we use Discovery RE which advocates an enquiry model and seeks to instil respect for religious and moral values and tolerance of all races, religions and ways of life. Every unit (enquiry) is based around a key question. The key question for the enquiry is such that it demands an answer that weighs up ‘evidence’ and reaches a conclusion based on this. This necessitates children using their subject knowledge and applying it to the enquiry question, rather than this knowledge being an end in itself. Importanly, our chosen scheme focuses on critical thinking skills, on personal reflection into the child’s own thoughts and feelings, on growing subject knowledge and nurturing spiritual development.
The children start from their own experience to ensure understanding of the concept being studied then move into investigating that concept in depth from the point of view of the chosen religion. This continues over three lessons of investigation and discussion, which embeds subject knowledge. These lessons not only support the children with embedding their RE knowledge, but also contribute to their oracy and critical thinking skills. Exposure to and analysis of religious texts also enhances their reading, comprehension and inference skills. Then, they complete an assessment activity to evaluate the question again in light of their new knowledge, and have further opportunities to embed their own reflections on the learning. Our coverage ensures that pupils study Christianity plus one other religion in each year group. This ensures that the children revisit prior learning for both religions throughout the year to build on the previous enquiries, and Christmas and Easter enquiries are built on year-on-year throughout the child’s primary school journey. Our RE curriculum also supports the following British Values
Discovery RE promotes the idea that individuals have freedom to choose what they believe. Woven into every enquiry is the idea that not everyone is the same. Through enquiries children are given the opportunity to explore, gain knowledge and to reach an understanding that people are at liberty to choose how they express their faith and what they believe in.
Rule of law
There are many examples of ‘rule of law’ within Discovery RE. Children are encouraged to think about the laws, commandments, expectations within a faith and how those rules would impact on their own lives as well as on the lives of the people within those religions. Children are enabled to understand the origins of the various codes of conduct, rules, laws and expectations put forward by different religions and belief positions, and to consider their own position in relation to these.
Mutual respect, democracy and tolerance of those of different faiths and beliefs.
These three concepts stand at the very heart of every classroom. Every lesson is a chance to demonstrate them. Teachers have opportunity to model respect, tolerance and democracy within the classroom, allowing all children the opportunity to speak, using class voting systems, debate and trips to bring the subject to life. Through learning about faith practices and really investigating what they mean for the individuals, children are encouraged to develop mutual respect and tolerance. They are also enabled, through their knowledge, to challenge ideas about religion and spot intolerance when they see it amongst their community and in the media. Pupils will begin to identify similarities and draw comparisons between different faiths. Through the framework of their own experience, they learn to understand and respect the experiences of others. They are also enabled through their knowledge to challenge ideas about religion and recognise intolerance.
The school recognises the right of parents/carers to ask for their child to be withdrawn from all or part of the Religious Education or collective worship provided.
We want children to have an awareness of the relevance of Religious Education in the real world and aim to link this within our curriculum. We hope to increase enjoyment, tolerance and understanding of learning about different cultures and religions. We want children to have independence to make their own choices about beliefs and values that are important to them.
Elsecar Religious Education long term overview 2023 – 2024
Rational for faith visits:
From 2022 Elsecar Holy Trinity made a commitment that by the time our pupils leave us for Secondary; they will have experienced visits from religious leaders from the major world faiths. Leading to the development of annual visits to religious places of worship. By stepping foot inside a range of places of worship, children touch, feel, see, smell and hear real life religion and culture. They make connections and relationships, which will remain with them forever. Along with quality first teaching within the classroom, this allows our children to gain a deep and meaningful understanding of world faiths in the 21st Century. We hope that this tolerance and understanding of diversity that we nurture will remain with our children forever