Welcome to Religious Education at Hermitage.
Miss Wilson is the RE subject Leader.
"I want to learn about different faiths. I'm not going to be at this school for ever: I'll be making my way in the world so I need to know what other people think and believe." (Y6 pupil )
Our vision for RE at Hermitage Primary School is for all children:
- to develop an awareness of spiritual and moral issues,
- to develop knowledge and understanding of Christianity and other major world beliefs and values found in Britain,
- to develop an understanding of what it means to be committed to a religious tradition,
- to be able to reflect on their own experiences and to develop their own beliefs, values and ideals,
- to develop an understanding of religious traditions and to appreciate the cultural differences in Britain today,
- to articulate clearly their own personal beliefs while respecting the right of others to differ and
- to celebrate the diversity in British society.
"People can look the same but they can believe in different things and worship in different ways. You have the right to do that in our country." (Year 5 pupil)
The National Curriculum for RE aims to ensure that all pupils know about and understand a range of religions and worldviews so that they can:
- describe, explain, evaluate and analyse beliefs and practices, recognising the diversity which exists between communities and amongst individuals ,
- identify, investigate and respond to questions posed and responses offered by some of the sources of wisdom found in religions and worldviews,
- appreciate and appraise the nature, significance and impact of different ways of life and ways of expressing meaning.
"I like listening to all the different stories." (Year 1 child)
The Teaching and Learning of RE at Hermitage
At Hermitage Primary School, we follow the Cheshire Agreed Syllabus for RE and use the Discovery scheme for RE across the whole school.
In Key Stage 1 we learn about Christianity, Islam and Judaism.
Our themes include:
Special People, Christmas, Celebrations, Easter, Story Time, Special Places, Rites of Passage, Passover, Hajj, Community and Belonging and Prayer
In Key Stage 2 we learn about Christianity, Judaism, Islam, Hinduism and Sikhism
Our themes include:
Special Times, Pilgrimage, Rites of Passage, Beliefs and Practices, Belief into Action, Beliefs and Meaning, Moral Values, Prayer and Worship and the Miracles of Jesus
Our long term plan maps the religious education topics in each term over each key stage. We have a variety of high quality resources which help us to teach these units of work and we have enjoyed educational visits to local churches including St Luke's and the Methodist Church. We have also visited the Jewish Museum in Manchester. We have welcomed visitors into school to talk to us about their faith and beliefs. The children's responses to their RE topics are displayed around the school and our pupil voice comments reflect a growing awareness of the rich cultural and diverse heritage of the UK.
What pupils say about RE in our school:
"It's interesting learning about the different ways people worship."
"I like talking about the stories. Different religions have different stories but they all have special meanings and messages."
"Which religion is the best? That depends on what you believe and how you worship! They all deserve respect, though."
"Someone might not agree with your opinion. It's ok to have a different view."
"I like handling the different objects. The Jewish shawls and hats were beautiful."
"People are different but we all deserve respect."
"Different people worship in different ways."
"We have lots of different religions in our country. It's very diverse."
"Our country is fair. Everyone has the right to worship and be happy. You also have the right not to worship as well."