Religious Education

Religious Education

Year Group Autumn 1 Autumn 2 Spring 1 Spring 2 Summer 1 Summer 2
5 Who or what is God?
Atheism, theism and agnosticism
Who is God?
The nature of God
How do different religions view God?
What do Christians believe God is like?
Introducing the idea of the Trinity
Why does Christmas matter to Christians?
What is the importance of light?
Jesus as the ‘light of the world’.
Revisiting incarnation
The importance of the nativity story-
Christian rituals and symbolism associated with the festival.
What is the big story of Christianity?
Genesis and creation
The Fall
Abraham and the Israelites
Moses and his life
The ten commandments
The promise of a ‘messiah’ and ‘rescuer’
(focus-Old Testament)
What does Easter matter to Christians?
Jesus’ arrival on earth
Jesus’ life as a Jew
Jesus’ teachings and good news
The Last Supper
Jesus’ crucifixion and resurrection
How do Christians celebrate Easter?
(focus-New Testament)
What is the big story of Islam?
Islam and God
The big story
What values underpin the faith?
How does the holy text influence a believer?
How do Muslims act in the world?
Inspired by their faith
What is the importance of the church?
How and why do Christians worship?
A visit to a church
How do buildings, symbols and objects play a part in worship?
How is the church active in the community?
6 Why did Jesus tell stories?
What is a parable?
Looking at sacred writings and teachings
Jesus’ parables and their purpose
Morals and choices
Impact of parables for a modern Christian
What is the Trinity?
What is the Trinity?
Considering the term incarnation further.
Examining Jesus’ arrival to earth- link to Christmas.
How do Christians live due to belief in The Trinity?
What is the big story of Sikhism
Sikhs and God
The big story
What values underpin the faith?
How does the holy text influence a believer?
How do Sikhs act in the world?
Inspired by their faith
Milestones within the Christian faith.
Exploring the importance of Baptism, Confirmation
Marriage and Funerals. Investigating what happens, links to Christian teachings and scripture.
How did it all begin?
Comparing different creation stories:
Islam
Hinduism
Christianity
Secular views
Big bang and evolution
Humanism
Can Science and religion be compatible?
Festivals
Pupils will investigate the major religious festivals for Christianity, Sikhism and Islam. Vaisakhi in Sikhism, Eid and Ramadan for Islam.
Pentecost for Christianity. Also the importance of light in all of the festivals.
7 If God is Trinity, what does that mean for Christians?
The Nature of God
What does it mean if God is holy & loving?
The Trinity
What do sources and teachings say about God/The Trinity?
Making comparisons to key faiths
Was Jesus the messiah?
Different names for Jesus -What is a messiah?
Messiah prophecies
Birth of Christ (a king)
Why did Jesus need to come to earth?
Different religious views of Jesus
Islam
5 Pillars of Islam
Pilgrimage to Mecca
Halaal and Haram foods
The Nature of God
Religious clothing
What difference does the resurrection make for Christians?
What happened after the crucifixion?
The impact of the resurrection.
Significance for modern Christians?
Investigate how Christians worship on Good Friday and Easter Sunday
Religious Symbols.
What is a symbol? Why are they important?
Symbols used in the Christian faith.
Symbols used in the Sikh faith.
Symbols used in the Islamic faith.
Why should we protect the planet?
Care for the environment
Stewardship – Christian teachings
Animal welfare (comparison of key faiths)
Responsibility and duty
Christian action to protect the environment
8 Where do we look for God?
Theories to prove God’s existence:
Cosmological
Teleological(design)
Religious experience (numinous)
Arguments against the existence of God
Why do Christians believe that Jesus is God on earth?
Incarnation
The ‘I am sayings’
The seven ‘signs’-John
The value of incarnation for Christians
Jesus at work in the modern world
Holocaust
To be taught in conjuncton with puils history lessons. Exploring the event, the justification and religious responses to the Holocaust.
Film and Faith
To investigate religious symbolism in films to include-
The lion the witch and the wardrobe.
Parables and the struggle of good VS evil taught through film.
Sikhism
Pupils will continue their understanding from Y6.
Exploring the Gurdwara and its importance in the Sikh faith.
Sikh clothing and the philosophy behind the religion.
What do we do when life gets hard?
Evil and suffering
Prejudice & discrimination
Stories of suffering
Book of Job
Why do Christians go on believing in God?
Atheism and suffering
Compare religious
teachings on suffering from three focus faiths.

Blue text = Christian focus
Green Text = Multi or other faith focus

Course outline for RE at Bilbrook Middle School

Year 5

Autumn Term

The year begins with a look at things which are special to us.  We then move on to learn about places of worship within the Christian community in Perton and the diocese. In this unit of work, the students learn about religious buildings, their architecture and the furniture inside them too.

During the second half of the term, the students learn about festivals of Light. They study the stories of Hanukah in the Jewish religion, Diwali in the Hindu religion and Christmas in the Christian religion.

Spring Term

The Spring term begins with the students learning the basic practices and beliefs of Islam. This unit focuses on the Five Pillars of Islam and how faith is such an important part of Muslim life.

The second half of this term, allows the students to refresh their understanding of Easter and they are encouraged to learn about the birth of Christianity.

Summer Term

As the summer term begins, the students learn about the life  of Jesus Christ. The title for this unit is ‘Who is this Jesus?’  Here, they students will investigate the miracles and teachings of Jesus and question how they relate to life in our world today.

The term concludes with an investigation into creation stories from world faiths. This allows the students to question if there is one true answer, or, could there be many explanations to suit our multi-cultural society.

 

Year 6

Autumn Term

The year six students begin this year with a unit of work called ‘Peace and Reconciliation.’  The aim is to encourage the students to know that as humans we can forgive and forget.  This is achieved by taking a look at how the citizens of Coventry re built their cathedral following the blitz.  Our Students visit the Cathedral and focus on the ‘Father Forgive’ prayer.’

Year six then look at the Holy Bible, not just as a holy book, but as a library of books. They learn about both Old and New Testaments and the stories within.

As Christmas approaches, we remind of the true meaning of this festive time, with a review of the Christmas story.

Spring Term

Spring Term sees the year six learning about Sikhism.  They focus on worship, identity and beliefs of the Sikh faith and why the 5K’s of Sikhism have such an important role to play within this faith.

This is followed closely with a unit called ‘Rules for living’.   In this unit, the students learn about food laws, dress code, commandants and general life of religious faiths.

Summer Term

The Summer term begins with a gentle introduction to P4C.  (Philosophy for Children.) The children are asked to question what God is really like…. And it is up to the individual to explore and question for themselves.

Milestones in life is a great way to close this term, as we look at important stages in our lives, Birth, Marriage, Death and of course SATS.

 

Year 7

Autumn Term

In year 7, the students learn about Pilgrimages to various places and why these journeys take place.  It hopefully gives the students an understanding that there are many places in the world to visit and not just for a holiday, but for reasons of faith, religion and culture too.

Linked to this, our next unit is called ‘What do my clothes say about me?’

Here we look at religious dress and how we should all show our understanding and respects for each other.

Spring Term

In the Spring, the year 7 study Hinduism.  They learn about the ideas of many deities and the concept of reincarnation.  A well-received unit of work, the students really enjoy this as they are introduced to many new ideas and are challenged to develop their person views and ideas.

Summer Term

The Summer term for year 7 takes a close look at what symbolism means in religion.  From simple images, like doves, crosses and so on, to more complex, like peacocks and ships for example.  This theme is continued by then exploring religious art and understanding what this has to communicate with the believer.

 

Year 8

Autumn Term

Year 8 RE begins with a return to Philosophy.  Here we investigate different theories about God as a creator, designer and destroyer.  The students are encouraged to answer the question, Where do we look for God? And think and respond to questions such as Can God be experienced?

The second half of this term looks at religious heroes.  We question why people dedicate their lives to God and how for some, their experience of God changes their lives for ever.

 

Spring Term

The Spring term focuses upon Judaism.  The students focus upon the history of the Jews and how the followers were persecuted in biblical times.  We then continue by looking at the Holocaust and even through adversity,  faith in God remained.  A very powerful visit to the Holocaust Memorial Centre is arranged for the students to gain as much knowledge as possible.

 

Summer Term

To conclude this year, the students are encouraged to look at environmental issues.  They look at what religion has asked it’s followers to do and how they have reacted to this.  What do we need to do now? Does religion have a place in our world today or not?

Finally, ‘Faith through film’.  Here the students are encouraged to look at the subtle messages given to us through the films we watch. From ‘Bruce Almighty’, to ‘The Lion, the Witch and the Wardrobe’. Faith has a part to play in all our lives, it is just whether or not we chose to see it that way.