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Religious Education – Year 3

Autumn Term

Harvest/ How do Jews remember God’s covenant to Abraham and Moses? 

  • We will appreciate Harvest and investigate where some foods come from. We then learn about the connection between a promise and a covenant and how this is important within the Jewish faith through the story of Abraham and Moses.  We investigate why the first Passover occurred and explore its symbols for today’s Jewish believers. We then investigate the inside of a synagogue ,its key items and symbols e.g. Star of David, ark ,Torah, mantel, yad, bimah through research and a visit to synagogue.  

What are the gifts of Christmas?

  • We will learn what the word –Messiah means and why there was a Jewish longing for a Messiah. We will explore the Christian belief of God sending messages through –  prayers ,dreams, prophets and angels. We will focus upon this faith’s idea of the gift of Jesus and Mary receiving this message from the Angel Gabriel
  • Through The Papa Pavnov story, we think about the abstract gifts we can give: love, care, concern, time etc, and consider how we feel when we give and receive these types of gifts. We also consider how we can support others through charitable organisations

Spring Term

What do Christians believe about a good life?

  • The pupils will share thoughts about the significance of a personal special book- e.g. one gifted by a loved one or saved up for it, etc . We then learn facts about the Christian special book: The Bible, its Old and New Testaments and the different books within them. We explore the Old Testament and the 10 Commandments, debate which we think is most important and how these rules also connect to Islamic and Jewish beliefs and our own. We then focus upon The New Testament and Jesus’s mission on Earth with his 12 disciples. We will identify that through analysing the parables he told, we can use these ideas, such as being truthful, in general life to support a sense of moral responsibility.

Why is there joy and sadness at Easter?

  • We will explore some key events of Easter Week. The happiness of Palm Sunday and learn about its associated symbols : the donkey, palm leaves, celebrations , the meanings behind them and why Christians celebrate Ash Wednesday today. We then investigate why Jesus became angry in the temple, and discuss the types of things in the world today which make us angry.  We then learn why the feelings towards Jesus changed through the week culminating in his betrayal and the joy in the Christian belief of Jesus’ resurrection.  

Summer Term

How do people express spirituality? 

  • We will explore the word spirituality and assess what the pupils know. Then we will investigate how different religions express spirituality .We will learn why the Muslim faith does not portray Allah ,The Prophet Mohammed or others through imagery and learn how Islam depicts the natural world through lasting patterns. We will also learn how Islam uses words, calligraphy and poetry to represent beliefs. We will contrast this with how Christianity uses the visual arts to express key beliefs. We will consider why music in Sikhism is important in expressing beliefs and discuss the feelings it creates in its followers. We will then reflect upon the impact art and music can have on ourselves and how the arts are a way of expressing ideas. We will also celebrate the Islamic festival of Eid.

What do creation stories tell us?

  • Through creating a piece of outdoor art- work, we will discuss how the process makes us feel e.g. calm, co-operative, creative. We will then read creation stories from Sikhism, Islam and Christianity to identify their similarities and differences and that they outline a responsibility to look after God’s creation. We then explore the scientific view of creation and investigate organisations that campaign to raise awareness of the vulnerability of the world’s creations and identify what we can do to protect it.