Misson Statement: 'Aspiring to achieve, determined to succeed.'
In RE we aim to:
Provide every child with a greater understanding of themselves, the world and the people within it by:
  • Providing all children with the opportunity to search for meaning, value and purpose in life.
  • Providing a range of activities which enable spiritual, moral, social and cultural development. 
  • Learning about religions and beliefs in local, national and global contexts.
  • Exploring beliefs and values of others, both religious and non-religious and the influence these have on people's lives.
  • Understanding the main beliefs and practices of different religious traditions. 
  • Combating prejudice.
  • Inspire tolerance. 
  • Making connections between religious and non-religious beliefs, concepts, practices and ideas studied so they can reflect on key concepts and questions studied.
  • Developing a child's ability to ask, answer and evaluate answers to challenging questions raised linked to RE teaching and learning, reflecting on their own ideas and ways of living.
  • Providing a stable learning environment for all children to learn, grow and thrive.
  • Ensuring all teaching and learning serves to provide a positive and inspiring learning experience through the provision of rich learning resources and experiences. 
  • Supporting children to explore, question and encourage independent thought linked to Britich Values through the high-quality teaching of RE.
  • Providing a minimum allocation of 5% of the currculum time for RE.
Please see the document links at the end of this page to learn about the full Religious Education Curriculum at Sandy Hill Academy.
In Nursery RE learning is incorporated within the Understanding the World aspect of the EYFS curriculum. During the Autumn term we have been learning about Diwali the festival of light. The children all had a go at making their own Diya lamps using salt-dough. 
"Diwali is the festival of light." Nursery child, aged 4.
"Diya lamps have candles in them for light." Nursery child, aged 4.
In Reception RE is incorporated within the 'Understanding the World' area of learning. Children cover four topics over the year; 
We enjoy learning about different festivals that take place all over the world including, Diwali, Christmas and Chinese New Year. Children have the opportunity to learn and find out about special ceremonies, traditions and stories including special buildings and monuments. 
"We acted out the story of Rama and Sita and I was the narrator so I told the story!" Reception, age 5. 
"Our Nativity was about what happened to Mary and Joseph." Reception, age 5.
Year 1
In Year 1 we have learned about what it means to belong to a faith community and what Christians believe God is like. We talked about our experiences of belonging to a community such as our school, our house team, clubs we previously attended and how it made us feel. We then looked at how different faith groups show belonging such as through welcoming ceremonies for new babies and marriage ceremonies. We also discussed how both faith and non-faith communities work together for the benefit of the local community such as through the donation, collection and distribution of food for food banks. 
"I liked it when we got to do the Baptism role play because I got to pretend to be a godparent." Year 1, age 6.
"Christians have to say sorry if they have done something wrong just like I do." Year 1, age 6.
Year 2
In Year 2 we have been learning about Muslims. This term we have learnt about 'our special places' and stories about the prophet Mohammed caring for animals.
''The Holy place where Muslim's pray is called a Mosque.' Year 2 pupil aged 6
'This is my special place because I like to visit here with my family.' Year 2 pupil aged 7
Year 3
In Year Three, we have been learning about Christianity. We have explored the creation story and made a story map of this, articulating what happened on each day. The children have enjoyed thinking about keeping the world as a special place and we have created a class set of rules we believe will do this. 
Year 4
In Year 4, we have studied Christianity and Hinduism this term. In Christianity, we have studied the gospel, the holy trinity and made links between Bible texts studied about the idea of God in Christianity. In Hinduism, we have learnt about Hindu deities, how Hindu's live and worship and drawn and labelled our own puja trays after looking at some artifacts. 
Year 5
In Year 5, we have continued our learning about Christianity and also studied Islam. During our Islamic studies, we have learnt all about the different pillars of Islam. We have also recently designed our own prayer mats using different shapes and colours.
"I really enjoy RE and learning all about different people's beliefs" Year 5 pupil, aged 10.
Year 6
In Year 6, we have been studying the Cornwall Agreed Syllabus, learning about Science and Christianity and whether or not they agree or disagree - through our studies, we have learned that some Scientists are also Christian and explain how the two don't have to be exclusive. 
'It was interesting to learn about Science and Christianity because it was interesting how they explained the Big Bang' Year 6 pupil
Useful websites for Pupils and Parents/Carers
Document Links
The document below is an example of skills progression in Religious Education for the specific learning strand Christianity Creation from Year 1 to Year 6.

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