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RE at Sea View

The importance of RE

Religion and beliefs inform our values and are reflected in what we say and how we behave. RE is an important subject in itself, developing an individual’s knowledge and understanding of the religions and beliefs which form part of contemporary society. Religious education provokes challenging questions about the ultimate meaning and purpose of life, beliefs about God, the self and the nature of reality, issues of right and wrong, and what it means to be human. It can develop pupils’ knowledge and understanding of Christianity, of other principal religions, other religious traditions and worldviews that offer answers to questions such as these. RE also contributes to pupils’ personal development and well-being and to community cohesion by promoting mutual respect and tolerance in a diverse society. RE can also make important contributions to other parts of the school curriculum such as citizenship, personal, social, health and economic education (PSHE education), the humanities, education for sustainable development and others. It offers opportunities for personal reflection and spiritual development, deepening the understanding of the significance of religion in the lives of others – individually, communally and cross-culturally.

 

Meet Robbie RE

Robbie is part of our Curriculum Crew who is introduced at the start of each topic and lesson, providing a visual link to lessons and allows our children to focus on the skills needed in the upcoming tasks.

Robbie is featured as part of our RE Pathway Journey - allowing the children to revisit and consolidate prior learning .

2023-2024

Nursery

Bertie Owl helped us to think about people who are special to us and things that we like to do with them - "Dancing with Daddy", "Eating a picnic", "Playing board games with Mam and Dad". We also talked about rules and why they are important to keep us safe - "Walk in school", "Hold hands to keep safe", "Be nice to my friend".

How do people celebrate?

We listened to and shared the Christmas story. We made crowns like the three kings and wrapped gifts to give to baby Jesus.

We have been celebrating New Year. We re-enacted New Year celebrations and had a party. 

We also celebrated Chinese New Year. We listened to the story of the Great Race and then used masks to pretend we were the animals and re-enacted the Great race.

After learning about the Hindu festival of Holi, we had our own celebration. Holi is the festival of colours, love and Spring and celebrates the end of Winter and the triumph of good over evil.

We learned about the Persian New Year and how it is celebrated. It is called Nowruz, which means 'new day'. There is a special table called Haft-Sin where 7 items are displayed, apples, garlic, hyacinths, wheat grass, a sweet pudding, coins and goldfish. We made some of our own goldfish.

Celebrating Ramadan - Elyne enjoyed sharing her Ramadan celebration with the class. We watched a clip telling us all about this special time for the Muslim community, made cards and lanterns and Elyne gave out gifts to everyone in the class.

Celebrating Eid al-Adha | My First Festivals | CBeebies

📺Watch CBeebies full episodes on BBC iPlayer https://www.bbc.co.uk/tv/cbeebies ❤️Subscribe to CBeebies YouTube Channel https://bbc.in/2INIaAT Join Iqra and her family as they celebrate Eid. Eid is a huge celebration for all Muslims across the world. It takes place at the end of the Islamic holy month of Ramadan.

Reception

We have learned about the celebration of Nowruz. We all took turns and worked together to make our own campfire. We sang around the campfire hoping to replace bad things from the old year. We discussed what we were most looking forward to for spring. Our answers included getting chocolate eggs at easter, playing outside with our footballs and going to the fair with our families.

In RE, we have been talking about people who are special to us. We spoke about special things and events that we do together such as family dinners, swimming and bike rides. We drew pictures about all of the special events that we do in our families. 

In RE, we spoke about people who are special to us and what makes them special. We drew pictures of our special people and then shared our ideas with our peers in class. 

Year 1

In Year 1, we have been learning about the Christian story of creation. We discussed how we thought the Earth might have come to be and then learned how Christians believe the world was created.

We retold the story using illustrations that we created in groups. We worked together to recreate and retell the whole story to our friends.

Year 2

In Year 2 we have been thinking about the importance of being a kind friend in religion.  We explored the parable 'The Good Samaritan' and created storyboards of the events.  We reflected on ways in which we can show kindness to our friends in Sea View and ended out topic by creating friendship bracelets for our peers.

Year 3

We are exploring different ways to celebrate Divali in our R.E. Lessons. This week we made Divali cards and explored different greetings.

Year 4

Could the Buddha’s teachings make the world a better place?

 

We explored how Buddhists believe that Siddhatta taught many truths. We focused on just one of them:

- the belief that everything changes and people don’t want it to.

 

We discussed how Buddhists believe that everything changes all the time. We discussed how we, as human beings change. We created a road map of things that have changed from when we were born, and changes we would like as we grow older.

 

 

 

 

Buddhism

 

This term we are exploring Buddhism through the question:

"Is it possible for everyone to be happy?" 

 

We began by discussing if we think it is possible for everyone to be happy. We discussed the story of the Buddha and found out about how Buddhists follow the 8 fold path.

Year 5

Hinduism

We have been exploring the big Question:

Do beliefs in Karma, Samsara and Moksha help Hindus lead good lives?

So far we have explored the different aspects of the Sikh religion and the symbolism of Mandalas representing the circle of life.

Sikhism

We have explored the different aspects of Sikh life.

Year 6

Is anything ever eternal?

Our new topic this term is to explore whether anything is ever eternal. For our first lesson we had a class discussion about what we consider is eternal or not eternal in our lives and why. Take a look at our reasons why...

The 5 Pillars of Islam 

In RE, we looked at the prayer ritual known as Salat and discussed why Muslims commit to this. We then had the opportunity to look at the artefacts used during prayer. 

2022-2023

 

 

 

Nursery

 

We talked to Mrs Johnson about special people in our lives and what makes people special. We had a story and then drew the special people in our lives and talked about what fun things we do together.

Let's Celebrate

We did the big count down to New Year, wearing party hats and party blowers. Bertie Owl took part. We listened to Big Ben chimes. After the countdown 10 - 0  We wished each other Happy New Year.

Count down to New Year

We have been talking about the seasons and which celebrations are in which season. Mrs Henderson showed us a collection of objects and we helped her to sort which items were related to Christmas, which were related to Spring and which were related to the Christian festival, Easter 🐣

Reception

 

In RE we are finding out about people who are special to us. We started by children drawing pictures of their special people.

In RE, we have been learning about 'The Christmas Story'. We sequenced the nativity story, talking about the key parts and characters in the story. We then wrote a simple sentence using sounds that we could hear. 

The Most Amazing Eid!

 

In class we have been learning about the Muslim celebration Eid. We have learned all about what Eid is and how Muslim families celebrate this special event. We compared the Eid celebration to the Christian festival Christmas and looked at the similarities and differences between the two special celebrations. We identified that they were similar because you receive presents, decorate the house with decorations and spend time with your friends and family. Miss Hussain brought in beautiful Eid outfits to look at and some of the children enjoyed trying part of it on.

We used the hand template to draw our very own mehndi designs, paying very close attention to the details and patterns.

We all tried a date which we learned that Muslims eat these to break their fast. Some of us really enjoyed the dates and said they tasted like sweets where as some of us said they were too sticky. 

Year One

Our question for this term...

We have learned about our feelings and how to make others and ourselves feel happy.

Year Two

While learning about Islam we created our very own paper bag Mosque

We have been learning about the story of the Good Samaritan. Using this story we have thought about the ways in which we can be better friends. 

Year 3

We are exploring Christianity and the possibility of miracles this term.

Divali Day! What a fantastic celebration... craft, Diva lamps, dance drama to the story of Rama and Sita and finished off with some food tasting!

 

In Year 3 we have been exploring what it means to be part of a group and the feeling of belonging.

Year Four

Our key question this term is: Can the Buddha’s teachings make the world a better place? We began by thinking about what makes the wonderful to us.

As part of our Christianity topic, we explored the importance of symbols. We began by identifying symbols which represented us as individuals.

This term we are exploring Buddhism through the question:

"Is it possible for everyone to be happy?" 

 

We began by discussing if we think it is possible for everyone to be happy.

Year Five

Hinduism.

This term we are studying the different aspects of Hinduism , exploring the concept of Brahaman being everywhere. So far we have looked at the importance of hone shrines and pilgrimages as well as the different aspects of Hinduism.

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How far would a Sikh go for his/her religion?

This term in Re we are exploring the fascinating Sikh religion. Our first task was to explore the different components that make up the Khanda a key symbol in the Sikh religion. we then created our own intricate designs.

In order to answer our question we have immersed our self into the Sikh religion. We have explored the importance of the Gudwara, the role of the Guru Granth Sahib and the 5K;s in everyday life. We explored various festivals and ceremonies and how these show their commitment to their faith.

Year Six

Is anything ever eternal?

Our new topic this term is to explore whether anything is ever eternal. For our first lesson we had a class discussion about what we consider is eternal or not eternal in our lives and why. Take a look at our reasons why...

In RE, we have been discussing the meaning of commitment and the qualities it evokes in a person. 

The 5 Pillars of Islam 

We looked at the charitable deeds of Zakah and Sadaqah and why Muslims commit to these. 

2021-2022

Nursery

Talking about signs and symbols of Spring and Easter

Observational painting of Spring flowers

Learning about St Patrick

We talked about what makes us special and what makes us feel happy. We used yellow paint to represent the feeling happy.

Christmas

Celebrations We celebrated Diwali. How families prepare and celebrate Diwali.

We celebrated Chinese New Year. We talked about the preparations and the celebrations and listened and retold the story.

Reception

We found out all about the lifecycle of a frog. We put the different stages in the correct order. We added labels to describe each stage. We learnt that in the frog life cycle, they start out as egg spawn. They then hatch into tadpoles. Next, they start growing legs, lose their tails and turn into a froglet. In the final stage they lose their tail and are then considered a frog.

We looked at a range of animals and sorted them into the adult animals and the baby animals. We also recalled the names of the baby animals and searched on the Internet for those which we were unsure of.

We have been learning about symbols of Easter.

Year One

We have been learning about Christianity. Does God want Christians to look after the world?

Year Two

Christianity:

We have been exploring the importance of Easter to Christians.  We have learned about why Jesus' death is so important to Christian people and how they remember and celebrate resurrection.

 

We made and decorated our own hot cross buns.  The cross symbolises Jesus' death.  

Islam:

We explored the importance of prayer in Islam.  We learned about the types of prayers Muslims must do each day to show respect to Allah (God).  We researched the symbolic importance of the prayer mat and designed our own.

We thought about the commitment that Muslims make to Islam and their prayer rituals.  We made a small commitment for a week to exercise 5 times a day (the number of times a Muslim adult must pray) whenever we heard the bell.  At first it was fun but we soon realised it could be quite inconvenient, especially when we were in the middle of a lesson or at lunch!  It made us think about how difficult it must be to make such a big commitment everyday.  

Year Three

To understand the significance of The Last Supper has for Christians

The children have learning all about Easter and its true meaning for Christians.  We re-enacted The Last Supper and the children shared some bread and wine (blackcurrant juice!).  We discussed what Jesus and his Disciples shared during The Last Supper and their emotions during Holy Week. 

Hindu ceremonies and rituals

We learned all about the celebration of Divali.  We decorated Indian elephants, designed and made our own Rangoli patters, designed Divali cards, made our own chapattis and had a Hindu feast of curry, rice and chapattis.  We also took part in a dance drama re-enacting the story of Rama and Sita, we had a lot of fun.

We also learned all about the ritual of Puja, we made a shrine in our classroom and put out a Puja tray and made offerings to the Hindu Gods.

Year Five

Sikhism.

In the Autumn Term we explored the question. "How does a Sikh shows a commitment to God?" We studied the importance of the Gudwara and the Langar, the importance of the 5K's,the importance of prayer and the significance of Sikh weddings and the Baisakhi. 

We then used our Knowledge to offer advice to Arjan who wanted to be a footballer and a good Sikh.

Hinduism.

We have enjoyed exploring the different aspects of Hinduism in the Spring Term, in which we have explored the question, "What helps a Hindu to live a good life and show true commitment to their faith?"

We have studied home shrines, the importance of prayer, Gods and Goddesses and the importance of Hindu symbols.

Year Six

How do Muslims show commitment to God? 

Salat -  The Ritual of Pray