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Year 1

Autumn 1

  • What does it mean to belong in Christianity?
  • Introducing ceremonies of commitment and belonging, how beliefs affect values and actions of individuals.
  • How do we celebrate harvest in school?
  • Stories – ‘Why is the Sky Blue?’ by Sally Grindley

Autumn 2

  • The Nativity Story
  • Discussion Points: Why are gifts given at Christmas?

Spring 1

  • Why is the Bible special to Christians?
  • Introducing the Bible, how it is treated, beliefs about God shown in the Bible.
  • Stories – ‘Joseph the dreamer’ by Harvest House.

Spring 2

  • What is the Easter story?   
  • Discussion Points: What does it mean to belong in Christianity?
  • Stories – ‘A Very Special Sunday’ by Lynne Broadbent and John Logan

Summer 1

  • What can we find out about Buddha?  
  • Introducing beliefs and stories about Buddha.
  • Discussion Points: Why did Buddha leave home? How is Buddha special to Buddhists?

Year 2

Autumn 1

  • How and why do Christians celebrate harvest?

Autumn 2

  • The Nativity Story
  • Discussion Points: How and why is light important at Christmas?

Spring 1

  • What can we learn about Christianity from visiting a church?  
  • Introducing features of a church, worship, leaders.
  • Stories – ‘Animal Tales: Favourite Stories from the bible’ by Nick Butterworth

Spring 2

  • The Easter story  
  • Discussion Points: How do Christians celebrate Easter?
  • Stories – ‘A Very Special Sunday’ by Lynne Broadbent and John Logan

Summer 1

  • How do Buddhists show their beliefs?  
  • Introducing worship, ceremonies and how commitment and belonging is shown:  
  • Discussion Points: How do Buddhists worship at home?

Summer 2

  • Trip to Church (Spring Term)

Year 3

Autumn 1

  • How do Hindus worship?  
  • Developing knowledge about features of Hinduism including; worship, celebration, symbol, story and belief.
  • Discussion Points: How & why do Hindus celebrate Diwali?  
  • Stories – ‘The Story of Diwali’ by Katie Daynes and ‘A Story of Diwali: The Festival of light’ by Pippa Howard.

Autumn 2

  • How and why is Advent important to Christians?  

Spring 1

  • What can we learn about Christian symbols and beliefs?
  • Developing knowledge of Christian worship, differing practices, symbols.
  • Discussion Points – What can we learn from the story of St Cuthbert?  Why do Christians travel to sacred places?

Spring 2

  • What do Christians remember on Palm Sunday?

Summer 1

  • What do Hindus believe and how does this affect the way they live their lives?
  • Developing knowledge about beliefs about God, meaning of life, life after death and how this affects how Hindus feel and act.
  • Discussion Points: What do they believe about God?
  • What can we find out about a local Hindu community?
  • Stories – ‘Hindu Stories’ by Anita Ganeri

Year 4

Autumn 1

  • What do Christians believe about Jesus?
  • Developing knowledge about the significance of Jesus, key events in the life of Jesus, his teaching and ministry, impact of Jesus on lives of Christians today.
  • Discussion Points: What do Christians believe about Jesus? How and why do religious people show care for others?
  • Stories – ‘Jesus Through Art’ by Margaret Cooling

Autumn 2

  • Why do Christians call Jesus the light of the world?  
  • Discussion Points: What do Christians believe about God?

Spring 1

  • Moses/ Jewish place of worship
  • Discussion Points: What can we find out about a local Jewish community? How & why do Jews show care for others? What does Judaism teach about the environment? How does this affect what Jews do? Why do they travel to sacred places? How do Jews use ritual to worship & express belonging?
  • Stories: ‘Sikh stories’ by Anita Ganeri

Spring 2

  • Why is Lent such an important period for Christians?  
  • Developing knowledge of Christian belief in God, meaning of life, life after death.
  • Discussion Points: How this affects how Christians feel and act.

Summer 1

  • Discussion Points: Develop knowledge of similarities between at least two religions.

Year 5

Autumn 1

  • What do we know about the Bible and why is it important to Christians?
  • Demonstrating understanding of the importance of the Bible, its impact on worship, values and daily living.
  • Discussion Point: What do Christians believe about God? Why is the bible important to Christians?
  • Stories – ‘Don’t just do something, sit there’ by Mary Stone

Autumn 2

  • What are the themes of Christmas?

Spring 1

  • What can we learn about Christian faith through studying the lives of northern saints?  
  • Demonstrating understanding of the significance of northern saints, then and now: Impact of Belief  
  • Discussion Point: Why should people with a religious faith care about the environment?

Spring 2

  • The Last Super
  • Discussion Point: Why is the Last Supper so important to Christians?
  • Stories: ‘Esther’s Story’ by Diane Wolkstein
  • ‘Passover’ by Wayland

Summer 1

  • Sikhism
  • Demonstrating understanding of beliefs and practices within Sikhism and how beliefs make a difference to individual and communal life.
  • Discussion Point: What do Sikhs believe and how are these beliefs expressed?
  • Stories – ‘Sikh stories’ by Anita Ganeri

Year 6

Autumn 1

  • Why do people use ritual in their lives?
  • Demonstrating understanding of meaning and importance of rituals in more than one religion.
  • Stories: ‘Festival of Lights’ by Maida Silverman

Autumn 2

  • What do the gospels tell us about the birth of Jesus?

Spring 2

  • Easter Celebrations
  • Discussion Point: Why are Good Friday and Easter Day the most important days for Christians?

Summer 1

  • What is religion?
  • Demonstrating understanding of what is involved in a religion, what religions have in common and how they differ.
  • Discussion Point: What concepts do religions have in common?
  • Stories – ‘Exploring World Religions’ CD- Rom by Granada Learning

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