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Subject Intent

challenge pupils to reflect on, engage with, question and explore their own and others’ understanding of life

raise questions of identity, meaning and value and encourage people to reflect on their experiences, behaviour and opinions

contribute positively and powerfully to the spiritual, personal, social, moral and cultural development of pupils 

provide opportunities for pupils to develop key skills and thinking skills

teach children and young people about Christian and other religious and non‐religious beliefs, practices and responses to ultimate questions so that they can understand the world better and develop their own sense of place within it

help children to take their place as citizens of a diverse country and world, understanding and respecting people who are different from them

We make sure that all children's and families' beliefs, and other beliefs we study, are treated with respect. 

 Curriculum overview 

At Brize Norton, children learn about Christianity and Judaism in Key Stage 1. Hinduism is added to this in Years 3 and 4 followed by Islam in Years 5 and 6, though elements of different religions are visited throughout their time at school. Children learn about these religions (their beliefs, attitudes, stories, celebrations and customs) as well as learning from them - reflecting on what these religions, and those who follow them, can teach us about our own attitudes to life. 

How RE is taught

RE is taught by class teachers in Key Stage 1 and by our Higher Level Teaching Assistant, Mrs Bostock, in Key Stage 2. Children learn about faith (e.g. what people of a certain faith believe in and the festivals they celebrate) and from faith (e.g. reflecting on what we can learn today from a parable of Jesus). We have good links with St Britius' Church, including assemblies led by the vicar and several services each year held in the church (Harvest, Remembrance, Christmas and Easter). These services are designed to be suitable for children of all faiths and none; parents are welcome. We visit other places of worship (such as the Cathedral in Oxford and a mosque or synagogue), and we sometimes have visitors representing other faiths, such as a Hindu parent explaining about Diwali. 

Topics 2020 - 21

Year 1/2

Harvest and Remembrance

Hanukkah and the Christmas story

Creation and the environment

Mothers' Day and the Easter story

Church and synagogue

Stories about people who change

Year 2/3

Harvest and Remembrance

The role of saints in Christianity

Jesus' parables

Mothers' Day and Easter

Church and synagogue

Stories about people who change

Year 4 - 6

Harvest and Remembrance

Prophecy and the life of Jesus

Introduction to Islam

The resurrection of Jesus

Pentecost

Persecution and prejudice