Mottram CE Primary School is situated in a beautiful environment which constantly reminds us of the power of God and the beauty of the world He created. A part of the children’s Religious Education takes place every time the children look and go outside, where they can appreciate all the wonders of the things that surround them.
We are a small school with a constantly evolving curriculum which responds to the needs of learners and their interests by enhancing learning experiences and raising awareness from the local area to national and global arenas. Thus, we will develop outward looking pupils who are able to engage in learning about themselves and who understand the wider world and its complex cultures.
Our Curriculum has been designed to ensure each child can ‘live life in all its fullness’ by offering stimulating and awe-inspiring learning experiences with Christian values at its heart.
It is designed to meet the needs of the pupils at Mottram by modelling the virtues given by Christ and by developing individual and collaborative learning experiences, a growth mind set, a sense of responsibility and challenges that take them beyond the classroom.
The Early Years Foundation Stage Curriculum supports children’s understanding of Religious Education through the planning and teaching of ‘Understanding the World’. RE is taught as a discrete lesson each week. Children are encouraged to use their imagination and curiosity to develop their appreciation of, and wonder at, the world in which they live. Exploring others’ views, cultures and beliefs supports children in developing their views and beliefs about themselves, their family and community. In finding out about others, young children are encouraged to reflect on belief, culture and practice and explore faith through observing festivals and celebrations, sharing stories, visuals, toys, and puppets, handling real artefacts, roleplay, books, and discussion.
Teaching Years 1-6
Mottram is a Church of England Voluntary Aided school; therefore, Religious Education is taught in accordance with the Trust Deed and reflects the rites, practices, and beliefs of the Church of England.
The teaching of Religious Education makes a distinctive contribution to the school curriculum as it allows all pupils to explore, understand and express their own response to spiritual and religious approaches to life. Our Religious Education curriculum provides high quality teaching and learning, which in turn enriches the children’s learning experiences. It is planned around the Understanding Christianity materials and incorporates units from Discovery RE scheme. The following religions have been selected for study:
Christianity/Understanding Christianity- FS, KS1 and KS2
Islam- FS, Y1 (Year A), Y2 (Year A) Y6 (Year A)
Judaism- FS, Y1 (Year B), Y2 ( Year B), Y 4(Year B)
Hinduism- Y 3(Year A) Y5(Year A)
Buddhism- Y4 (Year A)
Sikhism- Y3 (Year B) Y5(Year B)
Our children are taught to understand and respect the importance of religious beliefs in the world around them. Discovery RE aims to allow pupils to explore themes and concepts within religion, drawing on beliefs from different faiths and world views. We ensure that the RE curriculum is challenging, dynamic and relevant to pupils of all ages– that is why an enquiry approach is implemented, encouraging higher-order thinking, and allowing our children to explore in a way that is meaningful to them. At Mottram Religious Education is taught in discrete weekly lessons which are enhanced by an array of teaching and learning styles.
Global Neighbours and Courageous Advocacy
At Mottram, as part of our vision, we encourage children to be the change they want to see in the world and show compassion. Therefore, we participate the Christian Aid’s Global Neighbour’s Scheme as a platform to further develop our children’s work as leaders for change against social and global injustices. This supports and recognises the important work we already do as a school in “courageous advocacy”.
Embedded in our school’s ethos and values, we actively support our children in working towards a more fair, just, and happy world. This approach is also supported by Christian Aid who advocate the ethos of ‘in the light of the faith we hold’ and that ‘schools provide a much-needed safe space in which children can begin to make sense of the world they are encountering’ and that social global citizenship and courageous advocacy:
- broadens the horizons of the minds
- provides real-life contexts for learning and opportunities for pupils to explore topical issues
- cultivates the essential skills and values (from empathy to self-awareness and respect for all people) that prepare pupils for living well with their fellow human beings
- contributes to improved outcomes across the curriculum and in pupils’ personal development, through enhanced skills in critical and creative thinking, reasoning, and communication.
By the time children leave our school they will:
- talk with passion about their RE lessons, showing that they enjoy and are inspired by them.
- demonstrate an understanding of the school’s Christian Values, to know what they look like in practice and to apply this understanding to help them make everyday choices.
- know about and understand Christianity as a living, global faith that influences (and has influenced) the lives of people worldwide.
- feel able to talk openly about their beliefs and values in lessons and to grow in their faith.
- develop a respect and understanding for the other major world religions and world views, allowing them to celebrate the diversity of our multicultural world.
- develop religious vocabulary enabling them to express their thoughts and beliefs as well as exploring the beliefs of others with respect.
- develop their understanding of the idea of advocacy, to know how they can challenge injustice and how they can help to make the world a better place.
- reflect upon their own learning, identifying successes and aspects they would like to find out more about.
- progress appropriately in their knowledge and understanding of Christianity.
- mature spiritually, academically, emotionally, and morally to enable them to become well-rounded successful citizens in future life and have a positive impact on their friends, family, local and wider community.
“God is strong and is a good guy who protects us.” Reception
“Forgiveness means, you should give them hugs and kisses and say it’s alright” Year 1
“Jesus is important because he spread the good news about God”. Year 2
“It is good to forgive people because it makes you feel proud of yourself” Year 3
“Jesus wants the us to be peaceful, equal, thankful fair and kind.” Year 4
“Jesus teaches us to treat everyone equally and be kind and respectful to others.” Year 5
“Courageous advocacy means standing up for what you think is right and defying people who are wrong like Rosa Parks did. “Year 6