Religious Education (RE): Blog items

Acorns - Chinese New Year Celebrations

Date: 22nd Feb 2024 @ 4:12pm

This week Acorns have been exploring Chinese New Year. We have enjoyed exploring different artificats relating to the Chinese New year through our Bucket activities and tuff trays. We have enjoyed beating the drums to chinese music and watching the dragon dance before experiencing our own dragon dance. We had lots of fun following the dragon around and running in and out of its body when it  came to class. 

Year 2- Hindu Dharma

Date: 8th Feb 2024 @ 1:06pm

This half term we have been looking at Hindu Dharma in RE.  We have looked at different Gods and Goddesses and how they are represented as Murtis on s shrine.  The children had the opportunity to look at a shrine which was created in school and learn about home worship.  They had lots of fun finding out information about the religion, especially the different Gods and Goddesses.

Year 6 - RE

Date: 6th Feb 2024 @ 3:36pm

In RE today we finished out unit on Christianity by considering the questions 'How have we changed so far in our lives? How might we change in the future?' We also discussed where we can look for help and guidance as we grow up.

Year 1 The Crying Camel

Date: 17th Jan 2024 @ 7:39am

We began todays lesson by recapping on the key features of our religion for this half term, using accurate vocabulary. We then watched two videos, which told us two Islamic stories, ‘The Prophet and the Ants’ and ‘The Crying Camel’ We discussed each story together, thinking about why Muslims might think that is it important to teach children to care for all living things. We learnt that Muslims believe in one God who created the world with the view that all living things should be cared for.

Year 3- R.E Church visit

Date: 15th Jan 2024 @ 8:57am

To introduce the children to our new R.E topic the children visited St Mark’s Church. We learnt all about disciples and how people show they are disciples to God and Jesus today.

Year 5 - Digital Learning in RE

Date: 11th Jan 2024 @ 4:46pm

To support the pupils' learning in RE, we have been using an online resource called Kahoot!. Kahoot! is an interactive quiz that engages the pupils and helps them to learn the facts and knowledge required in the lesson. Using the Kahoot! over time also helps the children to commit the new knowledge to their long-term memory.

Year 1 Natural World

Date: 11th Jan 2024 @ 2:55pm

Today we began to discuss our key question in RE, ‘How might beliefs about creation affect the way people treat the world?’ We began by learning the name of the religion we will be learning about and that Muslims believe there is only one God – Allah. Todays lesson involved learning about how we should treat the environment, why it is important and whose responsibility it is. We did this through looking at images and real life nature examples. We went on a nature walk to collect lots of natural resources and we then used these natural resources to create transient nature pictures. After this, we looked at a number of images and decided which are examples of looking after the environment and which are not. We sorted them together, verbally discussing and justifying each example. 

Year 3- R.E art!

Date: 22nd Dec 2023 @ 1:58pm

After learning about the Christmas story Year 3 created pictures representing the birth of Jesus.

Year 5 - Nativity Art

Date: 21st Dec 2023 @ 11:22am

As we get closer to Christmas, pupils in year 5 were asked to use the art skills we learned earlier in the year to produce a Nativity image. Using pencils, pupils sketched images of the Nativity over an ancient map of the Holy Land.

Year 1 RE Christmas Art

Date: 21st Dec 2023 @ 10:37am

Today we completed a piece of Art to show an important aspect of the Christmas Nativity story. We recapped on the key events in the story, the order they happen and the important characters. We then chose which scene we wanted to use to inspire our own artwork and completed our own version of this.

Nursery Sing Christmas Sing Along

Date: 20th Dec 2023 @ 1:23pm

Nursery put on a very festive sing along in our garden this week. We invited our families and we had a lovely time singing the Christmas songs we have been busy learning. The children sang brillinatly and gave everyone some Christmas cheer! 

Year 4 - RE Christmas Story

Date: 20th Dec 2023 @ 11:46am

Today we used our Art pathway skills (Storytelling through drawing) to draw and paint a scene from the Christmas Story. We used the medium of watercolours for the background and we used a stencil to cut out a silhouette for Mary, Joseph and the donkey.

Reception Wriggly Nativity

Date: 18th Dec 2023 @ 12:19pm

Over the past week the children have been learning about the story off first Christmas and why Christmas is an important time of year for Christians.  We have been retelling the story in our own words at the story telling.  We have also been practicing our nativty and learning our songs.  We enjoyed performing to the other children in school and can wait to perform for our families and friends.

"Mary and Joseph had to go to Bethlehem" Isla

"There was no room so they went into a stable" Esmai

"Jesus was born in the stable" George

"The angels told the shepherds to go to see Jesus" Oliver

"The kings brought some presents; gold, frankinsence and myrrh"



Year 1 Trip to St Marks

Date: 15th Dec 2023 @ 1:42pm

This week we were lucky enough to visit St Mark’s Church in Layton. We met Reverend Matthew and told him everything that we have learnt about Christianity so far. Reverend Matthew then read the nativity story to us and we all joined in with different parts. He taught us about the key messages in the story and the roles of different characters. We then learnt about the advent wreath and the symbolism of the different candles. Finally we looked around the church and asked and answered lots of questions about features of the church.

Walking Nativity

Date: 12th Dec 2023 @ 6:57pm

What a lovely community event we attended this evening - the Walking Nativity. The choir performed two songs and played a part in acting out the Christmas story with our friends from Christ the King 🎶

Key Stage 2 Choir Perform at Abingdon Street Market

Date: 8th Dec 2023 @ 10:37am

This evening our choir performed at Abingdon Street Market 🎄🎶☃️
Thank you all for coming ⭐

Year 4 - Commitment and sacrifice

Date: 7th Dec 2023 @ 9:47pm

Today we practised our oracy skills when discussing how we sacrifice things to be committed to things we love. Just like Muslims are committed during Ramadan. We used an oracy grouping called 'Circle' where one person spoke and everyone had to listen to what they are committed to and what they sacrifice. Everyone outside the circle had to use their listening skills.

Reception- Celebrate Divali

Date: 29th Nov 2023 @ 12:08pm

Reception have been talking about the Hindu and Sikh celebration of Divali 'The Festival of Light".  We talked about why the celbration was iimportant to them and how they prepared to it and celebrated with their families.  We looked at some tradition Skih clothing, maki diva lamps and painted rangoli patterns.

"They decroate their homes for Divali" Sahiti

"Diva lamps go in the windows" Sid

"The make rangoli patterns rto welconme people to their house" Esmai

"They have a special dinner with thei family"  Elisha

"They watch fireworks at night" Kisha

Year 2 - A time to reflect

Date: 28th Nov 2023 @ 9:01pm

During our RE sessions this half term, Year Two have been studying Christianity and what Christians mean when they say that Jesus is 'the light of the world'.  We explored a Christingle and what each part represents before making our own Christingles.  We then gathered together in the hall to light our Christingles and have a collective moment of reflection.  We also sang the Christmas carols, 'Silent Night' and 'Do you hear what I hear?' whilst considering the meaning behing their lyrics.

Year 4 - Eid Al-Fitr research

Date: 20th Nov 2023 @ 1:44pm

In RE we are learning about Islam. Today, we researched more about Eid Al-Fitr. We found out lots of information about Eid from around the classroom and then we used all the information we gathered as a table to make a Google Slide. This gave us chance to practise our digital literacy skills too.

Year 5 - 5 Pillars

Date: 16th Nov 2023 @ 4:36pm

As part of our learning about Islam in RE, pupils in year 5 had an immersive experience using the Now Press Play equipment. In role as an alien sent to Earth, the children 'visited' a Mosque and saw people praying at the Kaaba in Mecca. During the experience pupils learned about the Qur'an and the 5 Pillars of Islam.

Year 6 - Hinduism

Date: 15th Nov 2023 @ 8:56pm

Our key quesiton this half term for Hunduism is 'Is there one journey in our life or many?' Our shared human experience lesson today focussed on the key milestones humans have throughout the lives. We discussed which ,ilestones we have already had and what we might go through as we get older. We also looked at the definitions of rights, responsibilites and relationships and how these change and adapt as grow older.

Year 3- What makes a role model?

Date: 2nd Nov 2023 @ 2:58pm

In R.E we have been looking what makes a good role model. We thought about who our role models are at school, home, clubs or in the wider world. After this, we discussed what qualities or characteristics role models demonstrate.   

Year 6 - RE

Date: 17th Oct 2023 @ 12:16pm

Our unit for RE this half term has been Christianity - The Church. Through our sessions we have looked at the concept of forgiveness and why we say sorry. We have also looked at the christian belief of purpose and what is meant be a 'good life'. We have discussec christian beliefs of life after death and that leading a good life will help them to get to heaven when they die.

Year 4 RE- What does love your neighbour really mean?

Date: 11th Oct 2023 @ 8:01pm

This half-term, we have been investigating the key question 'What does love your neighbour really mean?' 

We have been discussing how important messages and guidance are passed on through stories and parables. We have also looked at the morals of these parables and how these teachings help to guide Christians in their daily lives.

In one of our lessons, we discussed how Christian charities show a selfless love of others and have researched the work that they do to help people in need.

We have also talked about how Christians show a love for their neighbour and how this message can pass onto future generations through messages and quotes from the Bible.