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RE Curriculum

The St. James' schools are proud to be Church of England Schools and as such our programme of Religious Education is very important to us and underpins  all that we do here at St. James.

We follow the Derby City Agreed Syllabus as the basis for our RE Curriculum. Through this, the aim is that ‘pupils participate in an on-going search for wisdom, in the light of the questions raised by human experience and the answers offered by the religions and beliefs of the people of Derby City and the wider community, so as to promote their personal development’.

 

Each year group explores a key question each term to allow them to learn about a range of religions, to express their ideas and to develop the skills that are needed to engage seriously with the ideas they are exploring.

The key questions explored in Foundation Stage are:

  • Which People are special and why?
  • What stories are special and why?
  • What places are special and why?
  • What times are special and why?
  • Where do we belong?
  • What is special about our world?

 

The key questions explored across Year 1 and Year 2 are:

  • Who is a Christian / a Muslim / a Jew and what do they believe?
  • What can we learn from creation stories?
  • Who is an inspiring person and why?
  • What do stories of Jesus tell Christians about how to live?
  • In what ways are places of worship important?
  • How and why do we celebrate special times?
  • How do we show we care for others?
  • What does it mean to belong?

 

The key questions explored by Year 3 are:

  • What can we learn from religions about deciding what is right and wrong?
  • What are the deeper meaning of Christmas and Diwali?
  • What do different people believe about God?
  • Why is Easter so important for Christians?
  • What is the purpose and value of a sacred space?
  • What are the Bible and Guru Granth Sahib and why are they important?

 

The key questions explored by Year 4 are:

  • What can be learned from the Muslim way of life?
  • What are the deeper meaning of Christmas and Eid?
  • How and why do Christians follow Jesus?
  • Why is Easter so important for Christians?
  • Why is prayer important for religious believers?
  • Why is pilgrimage important to some religious believers?

 

The key questions explored by Year 5 are:

  • What do religions believe about the natural world and why we should care about it?
  • What are the deeper meaning of Christmas and Hanukkah?
  • How do people express their faith through the arts?
  • Why is Easter so important for Christians?
  • What makes a leader worth following?
  • How and why do believers show their commitment during the journey of life? (Baptism)

 

The key questions explored by Year 6 are:

  • How can we make our town/country a more respectful place?
  • What are the deeper meanings of festivals?
  • What do religions say to us when life gets hard?
  • Why is Easter so important for Christians?
  • How and why do believers show their commitment during the journey of life? (Marriage)
  • Can religions help to build a fair world?
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