Religious Education

Our aim at Peninsula East Primary Academy is to develop children’s understanding and curiosity about Religious Education. Through exploration of different religious beliefs and cultures children can broaden their spiritual awareness, discuss similarities and differences between faith as well as make links to their own beliefs and opinions. Our approach aims to nurture inquisitive minds that respect and tolerate people of all cultures, backgrounds, faith and beliefs.

From Reception to year 6, different faiths and cultures are celebrated in various ways through RE lessons, PYP inquiries, a ‘thought for the week’ and assemblies which include a weekly assembly from our local church leader, Reverend Gwilt. 

Our schools follow the Medway and Kent agreed syllabus for the teaching of RE which focuses on Christianity, Judaism, Islam, Hinduism, Sikhism and Buddhism. As children progress through school they learn about key celebrations, religious buildings, books, stories, ideas and opinions in a way that suits their age, understanding and development.

Religious

Whole School Overview

EYFS

Autumn 1

Theme
Special people

Question for inquiry?
What makes
people special?

Religion
Christianity and
Judaism

Autumn 2

Theme
Christmas

Question for inquiry?
What is Christmas?

Religion
Christianity

Spring 1

Theme
Celebrations

Question for inquiry?
How do people celebrate?

Religion
Hinduism

Spring 2

Theme
Easter

Question for inquiry?
What is Easter?

Religion
Christianity

Summer 1

Theme
Story time

Question for inquiry?
What can we learn from stories?

Religion
Christianity, Islam, Hinduism, Sikhism

Summer 2

Theme
Special places

Question for inquiry?
What makes places special?

Religion
Christianity, Islam, Judaism

Year 1

Autumn 1

Theme
Creation story

Question for inquiry?
Does God want Christians to look after the world?

Religion
Christianity

Autumn 2

Theme
Christmas

Question for inquiry?
What gifts might Christians in my local area have given Jesus if he had been born here rather than in Bethlehem?

Religion
Christianity

Spring 1

Theme
Jesus as a friend

Question for inquiry?
Was it always easy for Jesus to show friendship?

Religion
Christianity

Spring 2

Theme
Easter – Palm Sunday

Question for inquiry?
Why was Jesus welcomed like a king or celebrity by the crowds on Palm Sunday?

Religion
Christianity

Summer 1

Theme
Shabbat

Question for inquiry?
Is Shabbat important to Jewish children?

Religion
Judaism

Summer 2

Theme
Rosh Hashanah and Yom Kippur

Question for inquiry?
Are Rosh Hashanah and Yom Kippur important to Jewish children?

Religion
Judaism

Year 2

Autumn 1

Theme
What did Jesus teach?

Question for inquiry?
Is it possible to be kind to everyone all of the time?

Religion
Christianity

Autumn 2

Theme
Christmas – Jesus as a gift from God.

Question for inquiry?
Why do Christians believe God gave Jesus as a gift to the world?

Religion
Christianity

Spring 1

Theme
Prayer at home

Question for inquiry?
Does praying at regular intervals help a Muslim in his/her everyday life?

Religion
Islam

Spring 2

Theme
Resurrection

Question for inquiry?
How important is it to Christians that Jesus came back to life after his death? 

Religion
Christianity

Summer 1

Theme
Community and belonging

Question for inquiry?
Does going to a Mosque give Muslims a sense of belonging?

Religion
Islam

Summer 2

Theme
Hajj

Question for inquiry?
Does completing Hajj make a person a better Muslim?

Religion
Islam

Year 3

Autumn 1

Theme
Diwali

Question for inquiry?
Would celebrating Diwali at home and with the community bring a feeling of belonging to a Hindu child?

Religion
Hinduism

Autumn 2

Theme
Christmas

Question for inquiry?
Has Christmas lost its true meaning?

Religion
Christianity

Spring 1

Theme
Jesus’ miracles

Question for inquiry?
Could Jesus heal people?
Were these miracles or is there some other explanation?

Religion
Christianity

Spring 2

Theme
Easter – forgiveness

Question for inquiry?
What is good about Good Friday?

Religion
Christianity

Summer 1

Theme
Hindu beliefs

Question for inquiry?
How can Brahman be everywhere and everything?

Religion
Hinduism

Summer 2

Theme
Pilgrimages to the river

Question for inquiry?
Would visiting the River Ganges feel special to a non-Hindu?

Religion
Hinduism

Year 4

Autumn 1

Theme
Beliefs and practices

Question for inquiry?
Is it possible for everyone to be happy?

Religion
Buddhism

Autumn 2

Theme
Christmas

Question for inquiry?
What is the most significant part of the nativity story for Christians today?

Religion
Christianity

Spring 1

Theme
Passover

Question for inquiry?
How important is it for Jewish people to do what God asks them to do?

Religion
Judaism

Spring 2

Theme
Easter

Question for inquiry?
Is forgiveness always possible for Christianity?

Religion
Christianity

Summer 1

Theme
Rites of passage and good works

Question for inquiry?
What is the best way for a Jew to show commitment to God?

Religion
Judaism

Summer 2

Theme
Prayer and worship

Question for inquiry?
Do people need to go to Church to show they are Christians?

Religion
Christianity

Year 5

Autumn 1

Theme
Belief into action

Question for inquiry?
How far would a Sikh go for his/her religion?

Religion
Sikhism

Autumn 2

Theme
Christmas

Question for inquiry?
Is the Christmas story true?

Religion
Christianity

Spring 1

Theme
Beliefs and moral values

Question for inquiry?
Are Sikh stories important today?

Religion
Sikhism

Spring 2

Theme
Easter

Question for inquiry?
How significant is it for Christians to believe God

Religion
Christianity

Summer 1

Theme
Beliefs and moral values

Question for inquiry?
Do beliefs in Karma, Samsara and Moksha help Hindus lead good lives.

Religion
Hinduism

Summer 2

Theme
Beliefs and practices

Question for inquiry?
What is the best way for a Christian to show commitment to God?

Religion
Christianity

Year 6

Autumn 1

Theme
Beliefs and practices

Question for inquiry?
What is the best way for a Muslim to show commitment to God?

Religion
Islam

Autumn 2

Theme
Christmas

Question for inquiry?
Do Christmas celebrations and traditions help Christians understand who Jesus was and why he was born?

Religion
Christianity

Spring 1

Theme
Beliefs and meaning

Question for inquiry?
Is anything ever eternal?

Religion
Christianity

Spring 2

Theme
Easter

Question for inquiry?
Is Christianity still a strong religion 2000 years after Jesus was on this Earth?

Religion
Christianity

Summer 1 & Summer 2

Theme
Beliefs and moral values

Question for inquiry?
Does belief in Akhirah help Muslims lead good lives?

Religion
Islam