Religious Education is a core subject at our school and we use the Understanding Christianity units alongside the new Kent Agreed Syllabus, which includes the other world religions. Meeting the curriculum expectations, two thirds of the units covered are Christianity based and one third are related to other world religions.
Opportunities to develop spiritual, moral, social and cultural issues are often explored. Encouraging the children to think and discuss thought provoking topics, helps develop speaking and listening skills whilst it also encourages the children to be respectful of other people’s opinions, beliefs and practices. We draw upon a wider range of stimulus for RE including role play, hot seating, film clips, art, visitors, IT, music, poetry, the school environment, talk partners, artefacts and our local church-St Mary’s Church - so pupils have opportunities to learn both about religion and from religion. Where possible, we want our children to have opportunities to encounter local faith communities through visits to local places of worship or visits from members of local faith communities. We want to enable our children to develop the ability to make their own reasoned and informed judgements about the religious and moral issues which arise from reflection on human experience and a study of religious beliefs and practice. For them to consider ways in which beliefs, values and traditions might have significance for their own lives.
Religious Education at Kennington CE Academy is fun but also reflective, and is delivered in a variety of imaginative ways so that each child has the time and space to deepen their own understanding of God and appreciate something of how the Christian Community, both locally and nationally, responds to a busy and complex world.
YEAR 6 RE
As part of their unit on Creation and Science: Conflicting or Complementary? the children investigated the different ideas of how the world began through Creation, Evolution and Cosmology. They designed their own art through the ideas of Creation and discussed their own opinion of whether Christians could believe in both science and God.
Reverend Ravi came into school to work with the year 6 children. They planned questions to ask Reverend Ravi about his personal opinions on how the world was made and if science helped or hindered that. The children really enjoyed his visit and found his answers very inspirational, so much so they would like to invite him in for more RE lessons!
Year 5 RE
As part of their Christianity unit, What does it mean if God is loving and holy?, Year 5 have considered what God might be like and used biblical texts to support their ideas. They created their own songs and raps about a holy and loving God before considering how God can love everyone in the world if they sometimes do the things He hates.
They also visited Canterbury Cathedral. They wanted to find out how Christians show that God is worth worshipping. They had a tour around the cathedral which allowed them time to learn about the features of the cathedral and how this showed Christians' respect for God such as the stain glassed windows and the importance of the alter. They picked areas of the cathedral to sketch and discussed why they had chosen them. During the afternoon, they completed activities in the workshops such as chiselling blocks, planning arches and designing their own stain glassed windows.
As part of their Christianity topic on What do Christians learn about the Creation story?, the children have looked at where the story of Creation fits into the Bible. They created their own poems about the wonder of Creation. As a class they created class charters to show how they can try to be good stewards to make God happy. They read the story of The Fall and how Christians use it to help them to remember to ask for forgiveness.
As part of their work around the unit What was it like to follow God?, the children learnt about the stories of Noah and Abraham and Sarah. They discussed the covenants (promises) God made with them in each story and how that promised was kept. They thought about how Christians shows similar promises to each other during wedding ceremonies. Members from the Salvation Army came in to talk the children about William Booth and the things he did to help others and how the Army still achieves this today.
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