At Northway Infants School, we are committed to providing all children with learning opportunities to engage in Religious Education. RE is central to developing our children’s understanding of the world around them and their tolerance of other people and communities
RE at Northway explores how individuals and communities make meaning and sense of their lives through the major religions of the world. It enables pupils to know about, understand and respond to important questions in life.
We aim to instil in our children a curiosity and understanding of people and events in various times, places and environments. We teach children in such a way that inspires them to explore, develop and question their own thoughts, values and ideas, whilst having respect for the faith, belief and values of others.
At Northway Infants School, we follow The Gloucestershire Agreed Syllabus for RE and it is taught through a topic/unit approach. The scheme of work ensures that there is a balance between 3 core elements: Making sense of beliefs; Making connections and Understanding the impact; which are woven together to provide breadth and balance within teaching and learning about religions and beliefs.
In this school, the main faiths taught in KS1 are Christianity, Judaism and Islam. In the EYFS there is a focus on Christianity. However, we do not limit our pupil’s learning to these religions and opportunities are taken to make links to the children’s own lives and other faiths and religions where appropriate, through use of stories and exploring family traditions.
Subject Leader: Danielle Morley
When we were learning about Shabbat, we made some delicious Challah bread and enjoyed celebrating an amazing Jewish Festival! .
Imam Hassan came to visit us from Gloucester Mosque as a SHINE for our RE focus on Islam this term. We really enjoyed his visit.
What do the children say?
Children in Reception talked with confidence about the Christingle at Christmas in pupil voice.
Child one was able to describe the earth – child two said it was a planet. They talked about sticks and sweets – child three said the red was blood. All children said they liked lighting the candles as it made them feel happy and it made them think of the world.
Below is a slideshow of RE reception continuous provision activities linked to Ramadan. There are also some photographs showing children creating their own tuft spot Easter Garden.