Sheerness West Federation

Religious Education

At West Minster Primary School, we believe children should have the opportunity to develop as reflective, empathetic and knowledgeable individuals, we recognise the important role that Religious Education plays in the personal development of all of our pupils, in addition to developing SMSC (Spiritual, Moral, Social and Cultural) aspects of learning. Pupils will be equipped to face the demands of the contemporary world they live in, developing positive attitudes to their learning and to the beliefs and values of others in line with Fundamental British Values.

What is Religious Education?

The principal aim of Religious Education is to explore big questions about life, to find out what people believe and what difference this makes to how they live, so that pupils can make sense of religion, reflecting on their own ideas and ways of living.

Religious Education contributes dynamically to children and young people’s education in schools by provoking challenging questions about the meaning and purpose in life, beliefs about God, ultimate reality, issues of right and wrong and what it means to be human to enable children and young people to develop their own beliefs and opinions.

Pupils will learn from religions and worldviews in local, national and global contexts, to discover, explore and consider the impact on themselves and society. While weighing up the value of wisdom from different sources, to agree or disagree respectfully.

Which Religions will be explored?

Although a wide range of religions and worldviews will be explored, due to local context (Kent) a main focus will be presented to Christianity, Muslim, Judaism, Hindus, Buddhist and Humanists. While providing pupils on going opportunities to question and develop their own views and beliefs.

Trips and Visitors

As part of West Minster’s  Religious Education all children will be provided opportunities to visit a wide range of local places of worship and handle artefacts linked to religious studies. We also invite religious leaders and organisations who work within our local community into school to share their beliefs and experiences with the children.

Year 2 Visited the local Community Church

Religious Education Overview

Autumn 1 Autumn 2 Spring 1 Spring 2 Summer 1 Summer 2 Trip
EYFS Children encounter Christianity and other faiths, as part of their growing sense of self, their own community and their place within it. Religious Visitors
Year 1/2 Who is a Christian and what do they believe?Christianity Who is a Muslim and what do they believe?Islam Who is Jewish and what do they believe?Judaism What can we learn from sacred books?

Christianity

Judaism

Islam

What makes some places sacred?

Christianity

Judaism

Islam

How and why do we celebrate special and sacred times?Christianity

Judaism

Islam

Place of Worship

Term 6

Religious Visitors

Year 3/4 Why is Jesus inspiring to some people?Christianity Why are festivals important?Christianity

Judaism

Islam

Hinduism

Humanism

Why do some people think life is a journey?Christianity

Judaism

Islam

Hinduism

Humanism

Why do some people think life is a journey?Christianity

Judaism

Islam

Hinduism

What does it mean to a Hindu in Britain today?Hinduism What can we learn from religions about what is right and wrong?

Christianity

Judaism

Islam

Hinduism

Humanism

Place of Worship

Term 6

Religious Visitors

Year 5/6 What do religions say to us when life gets hard?Christianity

Judaism

Islam

Hinduism

Humanism

Sikhism

Buddhism

Is it better to express your religion in arts and architecture or in charity or generosity?Christianity

Judaism

Islam

Hinduism

Humanism

Sikhism

Buddhism

Is it better to express your religion in arts and architecture or in charity or generosity?
Christianity

Judaism

Islam

Hinduism

Humanism

Sikhism

Buddhism

What does it mean to be a Muslim in Britain today?Islam What matters most to Christians and Humanists?Christianity

Humanism

What difference does it make to believe in Ashima, Grace and Ummah?
Christianity

Hinduism

Islam

Place of Worship

Term 6

Religious Visitors

School Contact Details

Head Teacher H Brewer

Contact Person D Jamieson

Email westminster.office@swfed.co.uk

Telephone 01795 662178

School Address
West Minster Primary School
St. Georges Avenue
Sheerness
Kent, ME12 1ET

School Opening Times

Juniors:  8.45am – 3.15pm

Infants:  8.45am – 3.10pm

Nursery  8.30am – 11.30,     12.00pm – 3.00pm