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Compass Primary School

Religious Education

‘We live in a dynamic, ever-changing society full of different perspectives, beliefs and cultures. Learning about these things helps children to see the world clearly and helps them develop an understanding about the world and the people in it.’ - BBC news, Family and Education

Religious Education Intent:

At Compass Primary, we ensure that our curriculum helps pupils to: acquire and develop knowledge and understanding of Christianity and the other principal religions represented in their locality and Great Britain; to appreciate the way that religious beliefs shape life and our behaviour, develop the ability to make reasoned and informed judgements about religious and moral issues and enhance their spiritual, moral, social and cultural development. Our Religious Education curriculum plays an important role, along with all other curriculum areas, particularly PSHCE, in promoting the spiritual, moral, social, and cultural development of our pupils.

Religious Education Implementation:

Teaching RE is a statutory requirement in all primary schools in England and, at Compass, we follow the RE syllabus which has been agreed for Northamptonshire schools.  The aim of the syllabus is that throughout the RE curriculum, pupils should be encouraged to explore religions, engage with their knowledge, and reflect on their learning and their lives.

At Compass Primary, we follow the agreed syllabus through an enquiry approach whereby all children aim to answer the following 'Big Questions' over the course of their primary journey:

Autumn 1
Autumn 2
Spring 1
Spring 2
Summer 1
Summer 2
Year 1

Who is Jesus? A great teacher or a great leader?

How and why do people celebrate birthdays? Why is it important to recognise the birth of a baby? Why is the Bible important? What makes a Church a special place for Christian people?

What is important for Jewish people?

Year 2
What are the ultimate questions? Why is Christmas important to Christians?

What is important for Muslims?

How do the stories from the Gurus and the concept of seva affect Sikh children?

Why are there stained glass windows in churches? What are their story? Should we look after our world?
Year 3
What are the special religious texts? What do people believe about the creation of our world? What are the ‘Saints of God’ and why are they important? Is Easter a festival of new life or sacrifice?

How do Hindus worship?

What is important for Jews about being part of God’s family?

Year 4
What moral guidance do sacred texts provide?

Why is prayer important to Muslims?

Why do some people go on a spiritual journey? Is it fair?

How and why are churches different?

What is important to a Sikh in Britain today?
Year 5
 What does it mean to be Buddhist? Can we all be enlightened? Are the 10 commandments still relevant today? Who people say that I am? (Jesus explored through art.) Should we give peace a chance? How and why do ‘religions’ help the poor? Fundraising/aid etc. What key beliefs influence people’s faith and how do people live out their lives?
Year 6
What can stories an images of deities tell us about Hindu beliefs? Christianity and Judaism - Is religion what you say or what you do? How could we make our society equal? Why is it important to be good?

How do Humanists decide to believe?

Why don’t Humanists believe in God or Gods?


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