Religious Education in Year 1 and Year 2 (KS1)
In KS1 we teach a stand alone RE lesson every week. Our topics this half term are:
Year 1 - ‘Myself: Who am I?’
Year 2 - ‘Belonging to a community: Where do Jews and Christians belong?’
What will we learn this half term in Year 1?
We will have lots of opportunities to share what happens in our own family life and to find out what happens in a place of worship.
Children will be enabled to think simply about their own identity and sense of belonging. Belonging is explored, first in the simple sense of ‘things that belong to me’, my possessions. This is used to develop the idea that we belong in families, to each other, we belong together in some ways as people and we belong (for some) to God as well. These different kinds of belonging are part of who we are. The unit then considers religious examples of signs of belonging such as special clothes, special food and special objects with a focus on Christianity (we explore other religions throughout the year and always allow children to reflect upon their own personal beliefs).
What will we learn this half term in Year 2?
We will learn about Jewish and Christian examples of how family life shows that people belong to a religion, whilst making links to our own family life.
Children will begin to understand how aspects of the Jewish and Christian ways of life are linked to stories, celebrations, worship and belief.
The Jewish focus is on the importance to the Jewish people, of God, the world, the family and stories from the Torah, showing how their beliefs are expressed in practice, through the connection between the creation story and the tradition of Shabbat, the Jewish Sabbath. In learning from Judaism, pupils are encouraged to consider what is important to them and what can be learned from the Jewish way of life by referring simply to their own experiences, beliefs and values.
The Christian focus examines how family and church life build strong communities of shared values, and on how Christians try to follow the teaching and example of Jesus. In learning from Christianity pupils are encouraged to consider what is important to them and what can be learned from the Christian way of life by referring simply to their own experiences, beliefs and values.
As always, children will be encouraged to share their own personal beliefs and will learn about other religions throughout the year.