In Key Stage One RE pupils learn ‘about’ religion but also learn ‘from’ religion – making their own decisions about how the concept behind a story/celebration may affect their own lives. During KS1 pupils learn to name and talk about religious stories, celebrations and artefacts and begin to make links whilst looking for similarities. They investigate how different experiences make them feel, learn to ask big questions and think about values in their own lives.
At Manor Leas we learn to respect everyone and realise we all have similarities and differences - we are all different and that's great. In Year One we think about 'The Good Earth', considering how it may have begun and how people celebrate what it gives. We especially enjoy building a sukkah in the playground and collecting gifts for harvest festival. We investigate belonging and find out why and how Christians celebrate. At Manor Leas we prefer to learn by doing and we especially love role-playing different celebrations. One of our favourite activities during this term is filming the Easter story in our beautiful garden area. In the final term we investigate churches. We enjoy visiting local churches where we compare features and artefacts and find out what different services take place and why.
In Year Two we investigate what it means to belong to the Jewish faith and enjoy role-playing a Shabbat meal and taking part in Hanukkah activities. We also find out about the Hindu faith and look for similarities and differences between religious celebrations. We think about what the word 'God' means to us and are happy to share our differing views, knowing we are all entitled to our own opinion and that our opinions can change. We also think about figures of authority in religious texts and compare them to authority figures in our own lives.
We especially enjoy 'Godly Play' sessions where we listen to a story and watch it unfold. We are then asked to 'wonder' about the story and show our responses in whatever method we choose. We may choose to paint, draw, write, act, read or just...be.