Happy Lohri- 14th January 2024
Lohri is a festival that celebrates the passing of the Winter Solstice, ending the end of the Winter. IT is celebrated by Sikhs and Hindus. The celebration welcomes longer days and the sun's journey to the Northern Hemisphere.
Happy Tu B'Shevat- Wednesday 24th- Thursday 25th January 2024
Tu B'Shevat, also known as Rosh HaShanah La'llanot, which means "New year of the Trees", is a Jewish celebration of trees.
It is an ecological awareness day when trees are planted as part of the celebrations.
R.E at Water Leys
Our ambition for all pupils in Religious Education at Water Leys is that our children will become ‘RE literate’ and develop their understanding and curiosity about different world religions and beliefs. Children are given the understanding they need to explore their beliefs and opinions whilst accepting that different viewpoints are valid and worthwhile. Our aim is to develop confidence for expression and tolerance of others’ in society.
At Water Leys Primary School, we teach RE using the 2022-26 Leicestershire Locally Agreed Syllabus. Whilst the units of work we have planned have been designed to teach our children a breadth religions and worldviews, we have provided opportunities to build upon prior learning, leading to a depth of knowledge. We planned our coverage with our local context in mind, ensuring it represents the diversity of our school.
Our RE curriculum has been carefully sequenced so that the vocabulary and key concepts we want our children to learn develop progressively as children move along their curriculum journey from term to term and from year to year. This enables our pupils to develop an aptitude for dialogue concerning religions, world views and communities. We want to give our pupils the knowledge and understanding they need to express their own ideas, values and identities.
At Water Leys, teachers plan RE by first considering the ‘WHAT’ we want our pupils to learn by using our Water Leys ‘ROCKS’. We then decide the most appropriate method to teach that curriculum content so that it will be memorable and learning will stick!
The range of teaching approaches we use in RE will include the use of narrative (stories) to help embed abstract concepts and ideas, first-hand experiences through meeting people from different religions, studying religious objects and learning from religious art work.
Whole School RE Curriculum Map
Stories from Religious texts
Why is Christmas special for Christians?
Why is the word 'God' so important to Christians?
Why is Easter special for Christians?
Which places are special and why?
Which stories are special and why?
Our Wonderful World
Why do Christians give gifts at Christmas?
What did Jesus teach us?
What do Hindus celebrate?
What do Muslims celebrate?
Leaders and Teachers
Why is the Torah special?
Christian Rites of Passage
What do Sikhs believe?
Signs and Symbols
What do we know about Jesus?
What is the Bible?
Islamic Rites of Passage
Sikh Rites of Passage
Hindus Home and Mandir
Why is Easter important?
Identity and Belonging
Where did the Christian Bible Come from?
Why is Muhammad important to Muslims?
Jewish Worship and Community
Stories of Christianity
Belief in our Community
Stories of Hinduism
What is a Church?
What is the Qur’an?
Expressing Faith through the Arts
Sikh Worship and the Community
What happens when we die?