At Laira Green Primary School we celebrate diversity. We are committed to preparing our children to thrive in a multi-cultural world which is rich in faiths and beliefs. Citizens of the future who are tolerant of others are developed in schools of today and our learning behaviours led by respect illustrate our emphasis.
In the new National Curriculum there is one attainment target entitled Engaging With Religions and World Views with an emphasis on an enquiry based approach to learning. Wherever possible Religious Education is woven into the curriculum to ensure that links are made with learning. Our teachers use the New Agreed Devon Syllabus to support children's learning.
Key Stage 1 children focus on Christianity and Judaism
Key Stage 2 children learn about Christianity, Hinduism, Judaism, Islam and other non-religious world views such as Humanism
The Devon Agreed Syllabus can be found here.
Scroll down to see what we have been doing during the year.
Religious Education provokes challenging questions about the meaning and purpose of life, beliefs about God, issues of right and wrong and what it means to be human. RE at Laira Green develops children’s knowledge and understanding of Christianity and the other principal religions such as Buddhism, Hinduism, Islam, Judaism and Sikhism. We also learn non-religious perspectives such as humanism.
RE offers children opportunities for personal reflection and spiritual development. It considers the influence of religion on individuals, families, communities and cultures.
RE is more than just developing children’s knowledge and understanding. It seeks to develop children’s skills in investigation/enquiry, communication, interpretation, analysis and evaluation. These are important skills for children to develop.
As with skills RE has a number of key attitudes it seeks to promote. These include self-esteem (so that every child feels valued and significant), respect (including being sensitive to the beliefs, feelings and values of others), open-mindedness (being willing to learn and gain new understanding) and appreciation and wonder (developing children’s imagination and curiosity).
RE is an exciting curriculum subject, so we employ a variety of teaching methods. These include:
- Visiting local places of worship and receiving visitors from faith communities
- Using art, music, dance and drama
- Children experiencing times of quiet reflection to develop their own thoughts and ideas
- Using story, pictures and photographs
- Using artefacts to help children develop their understanding of religious beliefs and forms of expression
- Discussing religious and philosophical questions, giving reasons for their own beliefs and those of others
- Developing the use of ICT (particularly DVDs and the internet) in helping children’s awareness of religions and beliefs
For the RE Policy please click here.
RE - 2018/19
Holocaust Memorial Day 2019
Every year we remember Holocaust Memorial Day - 27th January - which marks the anniversary of the liberation of Auschwitz-Birkenau, the largest Nazi death camp.
This year's theme was TORN FROM HOME which encourages audiences to reflect on how the enforced loss of a safe place to call ‘home’ is part of the trauma faced by anyone experiencing persecution and genocide. ‘Home’ usually means a place of safety, comfort and security. During the week of HMD 2019, we will reflected on what happens when individuals, families and communities are driven out of, or wrenched from their homes, because of persecution or the threat of genocide, alongside the continuing difficulties survivors face as they try to find and build new homes when the genocide is over.
The Year 5/6s were extremely privileged in having a guest speaker , Jonathan Marshall MBE, who told them all about the incredible life of holocaust survivor, Solly Irving.
Click here to see the activities we took part in.
Year 3/4 - a visit from Scripture Union
This Scripture Union visited our school this week. The children dressed up as some of the people from the Nativity story and reenacted parts of it. They were encouraged to think about what it might have been like to be there at the time. They did some hot seating and lots of discussion work. Later in the week, the children wrote the Christmas story from the perspective of one of the shepherds.
Year 3/4 Study Hinduism
As part of our RE, the Year 3/4 classes have been learning about Hinduism, about the signs and symbols used with Hinduism and about the way in which they worship their gods. We learnt about Puja and about Hindu shrines. We made our own shrines, decorated them with tissue paper and Hindu symbols and then made a puja tray to go in our shrines. It was great fun!
Passover in Birch Class
As part of their learning about Judaism, Birch Class re-enacted the Passover Meal. They discussed and wrote about the symbolism of the meal and its links with the story of the Exodus from Egypt in the Old Testament. ( The Torah is made up of the first five books of the Bible)
Here are some photos from the experience! (to be added)
On Friday, KS2 visited St Mary's Church for our Remembrance Service. Father Samuel spoke to us about the importance of unity and working together to make our school and the world a better place. We watched some very moving clips and then made our own memorial with each of us adding a poppy to an outline of a soldier. This gave us time to reflect on the effects of war and the importance of remembering those who sacrificed and continue to sacrifice themselves so that we can be free.
Year 5/6 Visit Plymouth's Synagogue.
In October, the year 5/6 classes visited the Synagogue in Catherine Street. It is a beautiful building, tucked away next to St Andrew's Minster Church. They had a tour from Jerry, a custodian of the synagogue, who was able to tell them so many interesting things about the synagogue and about the Jewish faith. The children also had a worksheet/test to do before and after their visit. They all scored more on their second attempt which shows that the learnt a lot from their excursion.
This year we have supported the Plymouth Foodbank and Sanctuary Housing, Plymouth. The representatives from the two charities were overwhelmed by the generous donations collected by the children at school. Well done everyone and thank you so much for supporting those in need.
RE - some examplES of WOrk
Here are some photos of some recent RE writing and art work.
YEar 3/4 visit PIety MOsQUE
In addition to our church visit, the year 3/4 classes were lucky enough to visit Piety Mosque too. We were greeted by Hischem, one of the Imams and he taught us many things about Islamic practices, especially prayer and Ramadan. Hischem also performed the Call to Prayer, which was amazing.
When we got back we wrote a recount in the form of a newspaper article.
Year 3/4 Visit Efford Christian Fellowship
As part of our RE work we have been look at faith in the community. We were invited to visit Stuart Dann at Efford Christian Fellowship. He told us about the church and how it had been paid for by generous donations from the community! We learnt about the baptistry and saw lots of ways in which the church works within the community. There were posters showing information about different charities that they support and people who have travelled the world to work with others.
Everyone's favourite room was the youth room downstairs which welcomes several young people every Friday night.
RE Day 2018
This year's RE Day was based on Christianity and specifically looking at the question: 'Who is God to Christians?'
Every year group discussed some deep, philosophical questions about God, our existence and why there are good and bad things and people in the world. We also had visits from Andy Bowden (Chaplain from All Saints Academy), Stuart Dann (Efford Christian Fellowship) and Josh Yates (Youth Worker at St Andrew's Minster Church Plymouth)
Here is an example of some of the work covered.