RE Spring Term 1 2020 – Infant

In Reception the children were learning about Chinese New Year.  This involved reading the story of the animals’ race and learning about Chinese customs, clothes and food.   The children took part in role play and creative table activities, and enjoyed Chinese New Year Lion dancing with a dance visitor.

In Year 1 the children were introduced to Judaism.  They learnt about the Jewish story of Queen Esther who saved her people long ago.  People of the Jewish faith celebrate this during the party festival of Purim.   Children were introduced to Jewish artifacts, and took part in creative and role play activities, including making Hamantashen biscuits and enjoying a big circle dance wearing their party hats in the hall!

Year 2 were also learning about Judaism through Shabbat.  The children were joined by visitors from Norwich Synagogue for a day of learning and role play.  The visitors brought many interesting  artifacts  for the childrento explore so they could understand more about the Jewish faith. Each Year 2 classroom was set out for the celebratory meal of Shabbat. The children were able to bring their RE learning to life by recreating what a Jewish family would do on Friday night and how they finish celebrating on Saturday.

RE Autumn 2019 – Junior

Year 3

This term year 3 have been learning about Creation and the Fall and asking the question: What do Christians learn from the Creation story? This enabled them to use their RE skills of describing the key aspects of the Christian faith, especially the people, stories, traditions and customs that influence their beliefs and values. They talked about how God would want us to care for the world and created posters to communicate their ideas.

During the second half of the term, the children used their skills of reflecting on and analysing what it means to belong to a faith community. They learnt about the Sikh faith and learnt about why sharing food is an important part of Sikhism.

“We acted out attending a Gurdwara for a Langar meal. The children wanted to cover their hair as well as take off their shoes before acting out washing their hands, taking turns to cook and share food, before sitting together on the floor to show equality!” (Miss Briggs)

Year 4

During the first half of the autumn term year 4 learnt about Hinduism. They described different religious and Humanist approaches to ultimate and ethical questions, such as “is life a journey and does it ever end?” focussing on the skills of using and interpreting information about religions and beliefs from a range of sources.

During the second half of the term they were looking at the birth of Jesus in their RE Lessons. As part of their learning they read the nativity story from the Bible and had a discussion around what they knew. They then used their prior learning in English of writing a newspaper report to structure a report about the birth of Christ.  This linked to the skill of describing the variety of practices and ways of life in religions and worldviews and understanding how these stem from, and are closely connected with, beliefs and teachings.

Year 5

 Year 5 started by thinking about the qualities that a good person would have as well as discussing the qualities of a Saviour or Messiah, linking to the question: Was Jesus the Messiah?

They looked at extracts from the old testament that show how people prophesised about a new messiah coming to save them. They have also looked at extracts from the New Testament to see if they thought that Jesus was this new messiah. The children also considered how Jewish people still think the messiah is going to come. Through role-play and hot-seating, they explored what it would be like for Mary and Joseph. How did they feel?  What might this mean? Does anything scare them? Do they feel privileged? Do they think their son was the Messiah? This helped in learning and demonstrating the skills of describing the key aspects of religions and worldviews, focussing on the people and stories that influence their beliefs. They were also able to use specialist vocabulary – such as “Messiah” – in communicating their knowledge and understanding.

Important links were made with British Values when discussing what life might have been like for those living at the time of the Old Testament. It made the children appreciate why we uphold these values.

Year 6

This term year 6 have learnt about aspects of Judaism and Christianity, and then Buddhism.

First we asked the question of how following God could bring fairness and justice?  We learnt about Moses and the giving of the Ten Commandments, and linked it to the New Testament teachings of Jesus about loving others as ourselves. We thought about how following these commands would lead to a fairer and more just world and learnt about the work of Christian Aid as an example of a group of people who try to follow God and bring justice to poorer parts of the world. This helped us to use the skills of investigating the significance of religion and worldviews in local, national and global communities.

In the second half of the term, we learnt about Buddhism, focussing on the skill of describe the variety of practices and ways of life in a worldview and understanding  how these stem from, and are closely connected with, beliefs and  teachings. We thought about the Buddhist response to suffering, the Four Noble Truths and The Eightfold Path. We then did some drama, acting out how we might respond to different situations referring to the Eightfold Path.

Both these topics have enabled us to use the skills of discussing our own and others’ views of religious truth and belief, express our own ideas and beginning to evaluate the views of others.

RE Autumn Term 2019

Year 1 learnt about the celebration of Harvest and why this is special for people around the world. They read the story of the Creation as told in The Bible, and learnt that Christians celebrate all the things that God made when he created the world, and are thankful for what they have received. They also explored some fruit and vegetables to see what they felt like and smelt like, and learned about where our food comes from.

Year 2 also learnt about Harvest festival, and about the biblical The Creation story. They found out that this is a story that is special to both Jews and Christians and their Harvest celebrations are about thanking God for the good things he has given. They retold the story, and made their own version of it.

Reception had a great Harvest activity morning with lots of different activities related to our food and the season of Autumn.

As part of their work about Celebrations Reception have been learning about the celebration of Diwali; the Hindu Festival of Light. They have experienced some cultural aspects of Hinduism, for example they designed their own Mehndis, lanterns, rangoli patterns and Diva lamps. They also had a dance workshop with Miss Helen who taught them some dance moves and told them the story of Diwali. The children learnt all about Rama and Sita, Ravana the ten headed demon and Hanuman the Monkey King! Everyone enjoyed trying on and dancing in some traditional clothes. In class the children have looked at Diwali information books, read stories and watched videos.

During the second half of the term the whole school celebrated Christmas and learnt about the Christian concept of Incarnation – God coming to earth through the birth of Jesus, as told in the Nativity story in The Bible. 

The Reception classes talked about Christmas and how and why it is celebrated by so many people around the world.  The children watched a short clip about a family preparing for Christmas and compared it to some of the things they do in their own family homes.  They read the Nativity story and were also given opportunities to retell the Christmas story through play.  

Reception classes then watched a video of an artist creating the Nativity story through sand art. The artist used his hands to shape the sand on a light box into the characters from the story. Children then tried this for themselves and created angels and stars using sand. 

Year 1 discussed how people around the world celebrate Christmas.  They talked about why this celebration matters to Christians and why Jesus is so important to Christians. They were given the opportunity to retell the Nativity story in different ways and took part in various Christmas crafts linked to the Christmas celebration and accompanying tradition of decorating homes. Children also had a go at making traditional mince pies!

Year 2 learnt about Advent and about the symbolism of the Orange celebrated in the Christingle  service. Children were able to explain that for Christians the orange represents the world, the candle is the light of Jesus, the red ribbon is the blood of Jesus, and the sweets are God’s gifts to the world.   Year 2 also read different versions of the Nativity story and used their knowledge to compare each version. They also learnt about the Christian concept that Jesus’ birth shows the Incarnation of God in our world.  Classes made their own Stop-Motion animated versions of the Nativity story using puppets. 

In Christmas Club children made a Christmas Wreath which was displayed at the Baptist Church in Dereham as part of the Christmas Wreath Festival.  Our wreath represented the federation well and demonstrated the team effort of all involved.

RE Autumn Term 2019

Year 1 learnt about the celebration of Harvest and why this is special for people around the world.  They read the story of the Creation as told in The Bible, and learnt that Christians celebrate all the things that God made when he created the world, and are thankful for what they have received.  They also explored some fruit and vegetables to see what they felt like and smelt like, and learned about where our food comes from.   

Year 2 also learnt about Harvest festival, and about the biblical The Creation story.  They found out that this is a story that is special to both Jews and Christians and their Harvest celebrations are about thanking God for the good things he has given.   They retold the story, and made their own version of it.  

Reception had a great Harvest activity morning with lots of different activities related to our food and the season of Autumn.      

As part of their work about Celebrations Reception have been learning about the celebration of Diwali; the Hindu Festival of Light.  They have experienced some cultural aspects of Hinduism, for example they designed their own Mehndis, lanterns, rangoli patterns and Diva lamps. They also had a dance workshop with Miss Helen who taught them some dance moves and told them the story of Diwali. The children learnt all about Rama and Sita, Ravana the ten headed demon and Hanuman the Monkey King! Everyone enjoyed trying on and dancing in some traditional clothes. In class the children have looked at Diwali information books, read stories and watched videos.

Autumn 2 Year 5 – RE and British Values

Year 5 have been reflecting on British Values in their lessons, realising their relevance across different continents and at different points in history.

In Re the children have been considering the people of the Old Testament and their prophecy of a Messiah. When examining extracts of the Old Testament, Ben commented that “they wanted strict rules and laws”. Paloma added, “the people of Israel were wishing for a saviour to stop all the attacking.” (Isiah 9 6-7: power and peace will be his kingdom.) We then reflected on what a society would be like if it did not share our British values. We were interested to realise that people in the past, wished for such values, whereas perhaps we take them for granted.

We also found an extract in the Old testament that made reference to equality, where the people of Israel were wanting a Messiah who would treat the poor fairly. (Isiah 11 1-5 He will judge the poor honestly.)

Previously in RE we had been looking at the impact of Nelson Mandela and reflected on what life would be like in the midst of apartheid. Ben said that, “there was no equality in apartheid”.

RE Summer Term 2019 – Infant

This term Year 2 have been reading stories about the Hindu religion, and asking questions about what people in other religions believe, while Year 1 have been learning about aspects of Christianity.

Year 1 have been learning about Christian marriage and exploring what happens at weddings in church, and at weddings in other cultures.  They talked about the people who play a special role, and the importance of the symbols and artefacts involved.  The children got involved with the preparations leading up to a Christian wedding and then engaged in role play for a ceremony of friendship on the big day.   They visited St Nicholas’ church in Dereham and three “couples” promised to be friends with Rev Sally Theakston officiating.

The congregation of children and adults took part in the ceremony, including prayers and a hymn before having photographs taken, and then attending a wedding reception back at School.  The “Brides and Grooms”   all signed a Certificate of Friendship in the church.

The children also had the opportunity to explore the church and look at the building and some of the Christian and historical artefacts kept there.  One child said “I have never been in a church before!  It was fun!  I liked looking at the big organ and the bell from the ship.”

Year 1 have also been learning about The Bible as a sacred text for Christians.  Staff from the learning team at Norwich Cathedral visited school for an outreach day and the children took part in different activities, including exploring various artefacts and discussing parables.  This helps them develop their understanding of the Christian teachings of Jesus in The New Testament.

RE Summer Term 2019 – Junior

Year 3

This term we have been learning about Islam and what Muslims believe and how they practise their faith, including prayers, mosques and looking at the importance of the Qur’an.

Year 4

Year 4 have been learning about Islam and the importance of the Hajj. They made power points to explain what they have learnt. We have attached one for you to read.

Year 5

This term, year 5 have been thinking about the “Kingdom of God”. We have been asking questions such as:

  • What kind of king was Jesus?
  • If Jesus was king, what would his kingdom be like?
  • What could we do to make our community a better place?
  • Should we always forgive people?
  • If Jesus looked at the work of the church and the state of the world, what would please him and what would disappoint him today?

We have discussed these issues thoroughly to get give ourselves a greater insight into a bigger debate, learning a lot from each other’s varied points of views.

Year 6

This term we have been learning about the Jewish faith. We learnt about Abraham, the founding father, basic beliefs and practises. In connection to our history topic of World War 2, we also learnt about the Holocaust and persecution of the Jews and how faith can help people in times of trouble.