Welcome to South Green Junior School's RE webpage
At South Green, we follow the Essex Agreed Syllabus for Religious Education - exploRE:
The intent of South Green Junior School’s RE curriculum is for children to gain knowledge about principal religions and belief systems, recognising the impact of these on individuals and society. Children will make connections between aspects of faiths and belief systems whilst displaying empathy with different believers. Children will engage at a personal level with important life questions, reflecting on their own beliefs and values.
Linking to the school’s curriculum intent, the RE curriculum promotes respect of others within our communities, exploring diversity and interpersonal skills. Children use cross-curricular skills to make connections with other areas of their learning, e.g. literacy, science, geography and history. By reflecting on their own beliefs and values, children are supported in their spiritual well-being and happiness.
RE is included in the SMSC (Social, Moral, Spiritual and Cultural) group. RE provides opportunities for children to develop knowledge, understanding and empathy for people of different world faiths and cultures while reflecting on their own personal beliefs, values and moral standing. Children are able to challenge their own views on life’s big questions; their own faith and beliefs.
Mastery in R.E. at South Green Junior School
All children are able to access and achieve Mastery in R.E. at South Green. This can include:
- Making connections between different aspects of religion.
- Having a deep understanding about personal values, beliefs and actions of other people from a range of cultures.
- Engaging feelings and imagination to display empathy with different believers.
- Making connections with similarities and differences within and between religious and belief systems.
- Engaging on a personal level with important life questions.
- Considering own beliefs and values.
Our R.E. curriculum covers: Christianity, Islam, Judaism, Buddhism, Hinduism, Sikhism and Humanism. The curriculum map attached shows the topics covered each half term in a typical year. Our R.E. policy is also attached.
Christianity is the world’s biggest religion, with over 2 billion followers throughout the world. It is a monotheist belief system, believing in one God. Its teachings are based on those of Jesus Christ who lived in the Holy Land 2000 years ago. Christianity has spread to most parts of the world due to its missionary activity.
The Christian Holy Text is the Holy Bible.
Islam is the second most popular religion in the world with over a billion followers. The common belief is that Islam is considered a complete way of life rather than just a religion.
Islam began in Saudi Arabia and followers are called Muslims. Muslims are monotheist, believing in one God, called Allah whose teachings were revealed to humanity by the Prophet Muhammad (peace be upon him.)
The Islamic Holy Text is called the Qur’an.
Judaism is the oldest of the world’s four biggest monotheistic religions and has around 12 million followers worldwide.
Jewish history began with an agreement between God and Abraham nearly 4000 years ago in Canaan (later known as Israel.)
The Jewish Holy Text is called the Torah. It was given to the Jewish people by the Prophet Moses over 3000 years ago.
Buddhism began in India and is based on the teachings of Siddharta Gautama who was a prince. He learned that there was suffering in the world and set about to find out how to rid life of suffering. Enlightenment is a state of being without suffering. The religion is around 2500 years old and is followed by over 300 million Buddhists worldwide.
Hinduism is the world’s third most popular religion with over 700 million followers. Hinduism originated in India, near the River Indus, around 4000 years ago. Hinduism is a polytheist religion (believing in many Gods) and is the world’s oldest religion still in existence. Around 80% of India’s population are Hindus. The Hindu Holy Text is the Vedas.
Sikhism is the fifth largest religion in the world, with over 20 million followers. It is one of the world’s youngest religions, having been founded around 500 years ago.
The Sikh Holy Text is called the Guru Granth Sahib and contains the writings and teachings of the ten Sikh Gurus.
Humanism is a belief system which does not believe in a higher being or god. It is based on the teachings of science to enable understanding our world. Followers are either atheist (there is no god) or agnostic (nothing is known or can be proved if there is a higher being.) Humanists make their decisions based on reason, empathy and concern for fellow humans and animals. Humanists do not believe in an afterlife meaning that they seek to live their lives happily and helping others.
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R.E. Subject Leader