RE at Haslam Park
RE subject lead- Mrs J Haslam
We are a very diverse and multicultural school, and it is very important that our teaching of RE at Haslam Park Primary School reflects our school community and the experiences of our children and their families. The twin cornerstones of tolerance and respect underpin all our teaching in RE.
We follow the Bolton Agreed Syllabus for RE 2020. The syllabus engages and challenges all our pupils by studying religious and non-religious beliefs, understanding how these can impact on daily life and then making connections between these beliefs and non- beliefs. By following the syllabus, we are enabling our children to challenge the ideas studied alongside their own thinking and so deepen their understanding the wider world alongside their religious literacy.
The order of our units and the faiths we teach explicitly, have been carefully considered. Our curriculum is a spiral one, based on spaced learning, which allows children to encounter core concepts through each key stage and so deepen their understanding and religious knowledge. Individual religions are studied before comparisons can be made, again promoting religious literacy and understanding.
We use ‘Understanding Christianity’ to deliver our Christianity units and from this the children develop a knowledge of key biblical concepts which sit within the wider Bible story. For our units on Islam, Hinduism and Judaism we use the Bolton Agreed Syllabus support materials. Educational visits and visitors are incorporated into the delivery of units when appropriate.
At the start of each teaching unit, we use a diagnostic tool to assess the understanding of the children, and this ensures our teaching is specifically tailored to the needs of each cohort. We also use knowledge organisers to support the learning of key facts and vocabulary for each unit. RE is taught for an hour a week but we enhance our learning by having 3 whole school Enrichment Days throughout the school year, one each for Diwali, Christmas and Eid.
The use of the diagnostic tool alongside the delivery of the units allows our children to experience all the desired outcomes of the syllabus. The units include key building blocks linked to core concepts which are revisited throughout both key stages to promote the deepening of religious knowledge. The knowledge organisers are used to assess understanding at the end of each unit.
By the time pupils leave our school we want them to be able to show respect, tolerance and understanding of themselves and others around them. The impact of our syllabus will be evidenced by all teachers and children enjoying the experience and of teaching and learning RE and our pupils understanding how it can help them in their future.
Due to the impact of school closures on our teaching of RE, we have ensured that our curriculum emphasises connections between concepts and so supports the children to make links in their learning. For example, in KS1 we use the story of the Good Shepherd to help pupils make links between the ideas of ‘Christ’, ‘community’, ‘disciple’ and ‘rescue’ in Christian traditions.
We follow Bolton's SACRE syllabus, which can be found below. Within this, we use the designated schemes of work for our non- Christian units.
We use the scheme "Understanding Chrisitianity" to support our delivery of Christian units, as detailed in Bolton's SACRE. The scheme can be viewed below.
RE Overview 2021- 2022
We are continuing using knowledge organisers to help support the children in their learning.
A knowledge organiser is a document that contains the key outcomes for the unit across the 3 strands of study - " Making Sense of Belief", " Understand the Impact" and "Making Connections".
Most Knowledge organisers will include and the conceptual building blocks the children are covering and key vocabulary.
Please see an example of a Knowledge organiser below.
Please use the following link to see other knowledge organisers for RE.
Below you can view how we structure RE Lessons at Haslam Park Primary School
School Year 2021 - 2022
Year 1 have spent time thinking about Creatioin and how God would want us to lookafter the world he created. Have a look at the amazing work produced by our year 1 children.
In year 2, they have been looking at how the stories of Muhammad (PBUH) help Muslims live their lives. They have used roleplay to investigate the meaning behind the stories.
Year 4 began the year by thinking about what Hindus think God is like. As part of their learning journey, they interviewed Mrs Rabadia about her faith.
They then went on to look at God and the Trinity. Have a look at some of their work below.
In years 5 and 6, they have been learning all about Hinduism and the key beliefs of the religion. One particular focus was thnking about the unit question - "Why do Hindus want to be good?" Below is some of their fantastic work, including Moksha snakes and ladders games the children created.
As part of our Enrichment provision, we had a whole school celebration day, learning all about the Hindu festival of Diwali.
Have a look at some of the amazing things we did!
Making Diva lamps-
Retelling the story of Rama and Sita-
We also made Rangoli patterns through school and put them together to make a whole school Rangoli.
We also created firework pictures and a fabulous display!
One class even learnt how to do a Diwali dance! How fantastic!
Year 1 have been looking at Jewish artefacts and thinking about what they might be used for. They had a great time being RE detectives.
Year 4 have been loooking at what does it mean to be a Hindu in Britain today. Below is some of their fantastic learning.
In years 5 and 6, they have been thinking about Creation & Science – Conflict or Complimentary? This has involved a lot of discussion and thinking about their own thoughts on how our world was made and what they believe.
For their end of unit task the children had to present their own ideas about whether the theories of Science and Creation are conflicting or complementary. Have a look at their amazing work below.
School Year 2020-21
We have begun our school year following Cycle A. Have a look below at some of the fantastic learning we have been doing throughout school.
Here are a couple of samples of work looking at " The Creation Story" and "Belonging"
We began the year by looking at "Creation/Fall" and here are some examples of work from this topic, including hot seating characters from the " Creation Story"
Here are some super examples of work looking at "What does it mean to be a Muslim in Britain today"
On 18th November we had our first whole school " Celebration Day" looking at the Hindu festival of Diwali, which some of our families celebrate. We were lucky enough to take part in an Indian Dance workshop led by a fantastic dance teacher. All the children loved that! Have a look at some of our amazing moves.
We also created lots of fantastic pieces of work including Rangoli patterns, Mandelas, Mehndi patterns and fantastic poems.
School Year 2019 - 2020
Mayor’s Christmas Concert
On Friday 6th December, the whole school went to the Victoria Hall to take part in this special event. The children sang carols and played their home - made instruments. We had a fabulous time!
Our EYFS children performed ' A Wriggly Nativity' this year. All the children performed brilliantly.
Our KS1 children performed ' A Little Bird Told Me' this year, which was fantastic!
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