Religious Education

Statement of Intent

At Barley Mow Primary our intent for RE is to provoke challenging questions about the meaning and purpose of life; to develop children’s knowledge and understanding of Christianity amongst other religions and religious traditions. We intend for children to build their sense of identity and belonging, which will help them flourish within the community and as citizens of a diverse society. It will develop children’s respect for others, including people with different faiths and beliefs and help them to challenge prejudice. Children will be able to consider their responsibilities to themselves and to others and to explore how they might contribute to their communities and to the wider society. We intend for the study of RE to encourage empathy, generosity and compassion.

Our school bases the core work in RE around the Gateshead Agreed Syllabus for Religious Education which aims to ensure that all pupils:

  • Explore the teachings, beliefs, practices of the principal faiths and belief systems in our society.
  • Acquire core knowledge and understanding of the key elements of the faith narrative, the principal stories, sacred texts, rituals, symbolism and life styles relating th the main faiths of Christianity, Judaism, Hinduism and Islam.
  • Engage with the big questions about our life in the world, our value as people, our identity and our responsibilities.
  • Reflect on the challenges that are presented by living in a diverse world and develop the skills and attitudes that enable people to live well by accommodating difference.
  • Develop the ability to recognise bias, prejudice and discrimination in ourselves and others and develop the ability to make informed judgements and responsible choices.

Gateshead Agreed Syllabus for Religious Education

RE Long Term Plan

RE Policy

 

Stories of Christianity

In our RE lessons we have been exploring stories from the Bible. This week we have been learning about the parables of Jesus. We learned that parables are stories that have a moral or spiritual lesson and Jesus told these stories to teach people how to live their...

Easter Fun!

Reception have had lots of fun making Easter cakes and decorating them for our Easter fair. Reception decorated designed and decorated their own Easter egg. We created chicks in the play dough area and on the interactive whiteboard. We made Easter cards and matched...

The Easter Story

Year 5 were invited to Birtley Methodist Church to learn more about the Christian story of Easter.We learnt about the last few weeks of Jesus’ life and how this became the celebration of Easter. We first learnt about Jesus arriving to town on a donkey- unlike any...

Learning about Jesus

This half term the children in Year 3 have been learning about Jesus and how different people have different opinions about Jesus both as a person and what he looked like. The children discussed different parables and stories from the Bible and how these stories...

What is a mezuzah?

In our RE lessons we are learning about Jewish worship and community. We have learned that a mezuzah is a scroll, which Jewish people keep inside a case that is fixed to the right hand side of the doorframes in their houses. On the scroll is written the Shema which is...

Special books

Last week, Year 1 began their RE unit on special books by bringing in their own special books to share with the class. We talked about why our books were important to us. This week, we have been learning about some special religious books. We found out that the...

Prince of Peace

The title ‘Prince of Peace’ is often used to refer to Jesus, especially during the Christmas season. Today in Year 5’s RE lesson we looked at references made to peace in the Bible that were related to Jesus and the nativity story. We reflected on what peace means to...

Christmas Journeys

Throughout our RE lessons this half term the children have been exploring the Christian religion and what they believe happened leading up to Christmas. The children have discussed how Bethlehem looked then and how it has changed to its current state. The children...

The Christmas Journey

This morning, Year 2 visited Birtley Methodist Church and went on a very special journey back in time to hear all about the ‘Nativity Story’. They met Mary and Joseph, some shepherds and even one of the three wisemen! After that, everyone made their own Nativity...

Diwali

This week Nursery and Reception have been super busy learning about Diwali. In our provision we have made firework pictures with paint using toilet roll tubes and have had a go at creating Mehndi patterns in the tuff tray. We have also practised making Rangoli...