Religious Education at Newlands Primary School
Children will be given specific opportunities to investigate and develop their own understanding of the fundamental ‘big ideas’ of life. RE at Newlands Primary School promotes a positive learning environment, which reflects our core learning values. Following ‘Living Difference III’ (the agreed syllabus from Hampshire), children will learn about the values and beliefs of other people, from a variety of cultures and religions. They will be encouraged to communicate their own understanding and respectfully engage in discussion and debate with their peers. All children will have opportunities to reflect upon different interpretations of these ‘big ideas’ and will begin to think about their place within our world and encouraged to make positive contributions to it, as a global citizen.
In line with ‘Living Difference III’, all RE units are concept led. All concepts are categorised in line with the document (see diagram on right). Some concepts are repeated throughout the Newlands journey because children will be encouraged to revisit these ‘big ideas’, through the lens of different religions and cultures. From Year 1 through to Year 6, there is a clear progression in concepts, where all pupils will engage with all types of concepts to ensure a smoother transition into secondary school.
Concepts are easy to find. They are on all the MTP, as well as the Planning Cycles (examples right and left). They should be shared with the children and become the driving force behind the RE learning and teaching.