Respectful Thinkers at Yeadon Westfield Junior School
The study of RE helps children to develop critical thinking skills and to acquire the skills of reflection and resilience. It enables children to be curious about and inspired by world faiths, spirituality and morality. Fundamentally, it leads to greater community cohesion, respect and tolerance.
At YWJS we want our children to be fully equipped for life in modern Britain by developing respect, awareness, understanding and acceptance for those of other faiths, and those of none.
There are three main aims of the RE curriculum:
Children should investigate and know the beliefs and practices of religions and other world views.
Children should investigate and know how religions and other world views address questions of meaning, purpose and value.
Children should investigate and know how religions and other world views influence morality, identity and diversity.
Like all Leeds maintained and foundation schools, we follow the Leeds Agreed RE Syllabus for RE - Belonging and Believing, which provides children with a robust, challenging and enquiry-based approach to the study of RE. In KS2, we build on the learning foundations of KS1 in Christianity, Islam and non-religious approaches to life, by adding studies in Judaism and Sikhism.
At YWJS we aim to provide exemplary RE lessons through the creative use of outdoor learning, drama, exploration of artefacts, visits and visitors, art, and robust class discussion.
By the end of Year 6, our children will be critical, respectful thinkers who are curious and inspired by the variety of world views encountered in Modern Britain and the world. They will be further along in their personal journeys of spirituality and morality and will have a deeper understanding of what is important to them, and to others.
Parents maintain the right to formally withdraw their children from Religious Education.
In RE we have been learning about the festival of Purim. Esther's story from the Bible is part of this. We read out the story and mimed to it.
Spring Term 2022 - Year 6 - Esther's Story
This is the story of Esther which we used in the video above.
Autumn Term 2021 - Year 6 - Hanukkah
As part of our study of the Jewish Festival Of Light - Hanukkah - we learned to play Dreidel. This is a traditional Jewish game played during this festival.
Autumn Term 2021 - Year4 - Religious Celebrations
Year 4 have been learning about how different religions remember and celebrate important events. As part of our work on the Hindu festival of Diwali, we made these fantastic diva lamps out of clay. We used clay tools to make the patterns and then painted them in very vibrant colours. They would be brilliant for lighting the streets to welcome Rama and Sita home, just like in the Hindu story!
Autumn Term 2021 - Year 6 - Sikhism and Langar Hall
Year 6 have been learning that service to others (sewa) is an important value for Sikhs. One-way that Sikhs demonstrate this is in their place of worship (the Gurdwara) where they take it in turns to prepare food and serve it to whoever is in attendance at the Langar Hall. Anyone is welcome into the Gurdwara and to show that everyone is equal, those who are able, sit on the floor together, eat, chat and take time to reflect. To experience Sewa, Y6 prepared and baked cardamom biscuits for the whole school! We made and displayed posters to advertise our Langar Hall and invited each class in turn to join us in eating the biscuits. Y6 really enjoyed serving the biscuits but enjoyed the cleaning up a little less!
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