RE is a statutory subject of the school curriculum in maintained schools. It is a fundamental subject in the education of pupils in England. It helps to build young people's understanding and appreciation of different beliefs, practices and religion and how these relate to the world that we live in. RE also offers distinctive opportunities to promote pupils' spiritual, moral, social and cultural development.
Through RE, children at Rockmount Primary School develop their knowledge of the world faiths, and their understanding and awareness of the beliefs, values and traditions of other individuals, societies, communities and cultures. The children are encouraged to ask questions about the world and to reflect on their own beliefs, values and experiences. The intent of our curriculum is that our children will become resilient, accepting, mindful and inquisitive learners.
We use the Agreed Syllabus for Religious Education developed by Croydon as the basis for our curriculum.
At Rockmount, the following religions are studied:
RE is taught through experiences and enrichment opportunities such as:
using imaginative play or drama to express feelings and ideas
responding to images, games, stories, art, music and dance
meeting visitors from local religious communities
making visits to religious places of worship where possible, and where not, making use of videos and the internet
taking part in whole school events- (multi-faith days, Harvest Festival, school performances)
participating in moments of quiet reflection
participating in assemblies
using ICT to further explore religion and belief globally
comparing religions and worldviews through discussion
debating and communicating religious belief, worldviews and philosophical ideas and answering and asking ultimate questions posed by these
Work Sample Gallery
This week, we had a special Diwali assembly. We invited a Hindu priest, to talk to the children about Diwali which is also known as the 'Festival of Lights'. He spoke to the children about the story of Rama and Sita and about the triumph of good over evil and light over darkness.
The Heartstone Odyssey Project
Year 5 are taking part in a Croydon project which centres on reading the book ‘The Heartstone Odyssey’. The book deals with the issues of racism, xenophobia and intolerance. This is part of a nationwide initiative which helps to raise discussion on important issues within a safe environment. We are delighted to be included in the first set of schools to take part in this initiative in Croydon. We hope to take you on this journey with us.
The 'Heartstone Project' Exhibition!!
Last week, a group of year 5 children travelled to the Croydon Clocktower to present their work at an exhibition. Year 5 children, at Rockmount Primary School were involved in a National project called ‘The Heartstone Project’. The purpose of this project was to provide children with an innovative route to understand intolerance due to background, race, culture, faith, disability and gender in a safe environment. The children presented their work to other schools in Croydon as well as Members of the Police, Croydon SACRE, the faith communities and the Croydon Education department. A big well done to everyone!!
Following on from Anti-Bullying week, a group of Year 6 children had the opportunity to talk to Year 4, 5 and 6 about the ‘Heartstone’ project. It Is project that they took part in last year and one of the key themes running through the book was ‘bullying’. The children shared what they learnt from the project.
“I have learnt that you shouldn’t judge people. You should always respect everyone and show kindness.” Ella
“Everyone is different but that is a good thing. The world would be boring if we were all the same. We should celebrate diversity.” Minna
“We need to be thoughtful and understand about the power of our words. We need to work together to make our message stronger.” Bay
We finished the assembly by sharing ideas of how we could show kindness to each other so that we can make our environment a better place to live in.
Chinese New Year!!
Chinese New Year is the festival that celebrates the beginning of a new year on the traditional Chinese calendar. The holiday is sometimes called the Lunar new Year because the dates of celebration follow the phases of the moon
This Year at Rockmount Primary School, all children took part in learning more about Chinese New Year and the traditions that go with it. The children produced a wide variety of work related to the celebrations of Chinese New Year. Please find below some of the work the children created!!
I like RE because I like learning about the beliefs of other people - Darcey
RE helps me to understand my friends beliefs - Sydney
It would be nice for the people in my class to bring in any religious artefacts that they may have at home, this will help with our understanding - Hadeeqah
I think it is important that you respect other people's religions because that means you have respect for your own religion too! - Aidan
It's always important to listen carefully about other people's beliefs because it forms someones life and it's something that can be very important to someone. - Ridwan
It's nice that we are friends with people in our class, even though we believe in different religions.This does not matter to me- Ruby