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Religious Education – Year 4

Autumn Term

How are important events remembered ?

  • We will celebrate Harvest by exploring where some of our food comes from and by investigating how Fairtrade can support  farmers in areas of the world. We will then study the importance of light within different religious celebrations including: the Jewish celebration of Hannukah and what the light symbolises God’s presence, the Hindu festival of Diwali where light is seen as a representation of goodness, honesty and hope and in Sikhism where it represents the freedom of Guru Hargobind.

What does light represent at Christmas? 

  • We will discuss the Christian celebration of Advent as a time of preparation and the symbolic items represented on the Advent wreath. We will learn what each light represents and that it is also lit as a symbol of the Christian belief that Jesus is the light of the world and what this term means for followers. The pupils will invent meanings for their own symbols of light.

Spring Term

How do the 5 Pillars of Islam guide Muslims?

  • We will learn about the Prophet Mohammed and the establishment of Islam in Mecca. We will learn about the 5 Pillars of Islam: Shahadah (belief in 1 God), Salaah (prayer),Zakat( giving to charity), Sawm(fasting) and Hajj ( pilgrimage) and how these rules impact upon the lives of Muslims. We will investigate the thoughts and feelings Muslims may experience when on religious pilgrimage. We will debate which rules are the most important to follow in our daily lives and why.

Why was Jesus betrayed?

  • We will discus what the words trust and betrayal mean and the pupils can share ideas and experiences  connected to these words. We will use role play to act out scenarios where these words figure and attempt to provide suggestions of how to resolve the problems posed. We will recap the Easter story with a focus upon the trust Jesus gave to his disciples, the betrayal of him by Judas and Peter and why. We will consider times in our own lives when it has been difficult to tell the truth.

Summer Term

Why are Gurus at the heart of Sikh practice?

  • We will learn that the word “Guru” means teacher and explore the qualities  which make a good teacher. By reading stories, we will learn about the positive values Guru Nanak taught. Through investigating the poem Mool Mantar in the Sikh holy book, The Guru Granth Sahib, we will learn why its words are still important to Sikhs today. We will explore how the Guru Granth Sahib is treated in the temple and why. We will locate the Golden Temple at Amritsar and identify key features within the temple and learn facts about why it has become a popular place to visit.
  • We will celebrate the Islamic festival of Eid

What faiths are shared in our country ?

  • We will identify human features within our local community and what purpose they serve. We will then explore maps to locate places of worship within the locality. We will compare this information to another area in Leeds and discuss why there are similarities and differences. We will  also investigate types of faith groups within the wider country. We will develop an understanding of what the words- diversity within faiths mean, by comparing a Christian Methodist Church and a Christian Catholic church. The pupils will discuss why they think these Christian places of worship appear different.

Skills and Vocabulary

By year 4 pupils should be able to apply previous skills taught to the content of learning and: Question ,describe and make links; explain and give reasons for traditions and ceremonies; describe and show understanding of what has been learnt; explore and describe similarities and differences between faiths and non-faith views ; reflect upon learning and give examples to support their ideas.

  • Christianity:All KS1 vocabulary and; Trinity, eternal, covenant, denomination, Roman Catholic, Orthodox, Protestant, dedication, creation, salvation, incarnation, gospel, Messiah, ascension, communion, eucharist, crucifixion, reconciliation, forgiveness, sacrifice, ritual
  • Islam: Prophet Muhammad, Shahadah , Sawm / fasting, Zakat, Hajj , Mecca, Night of Destiny(Laylut Al Qadr), Eid ul Adha, Qiblah, Sadaqah, Halal, Haram, Iftar, Ummah, Kabah
  • Judaism: Torah, Jew, Synagogue, Shabbat, Creation, Rabbi Moses, Abraham, Exodus, Hebrew, covenant, Torah, Ark, Sabbath/Shabbat, Passover/Pesach, Mezuzah, Kosher, Seder, Tallit, Synagogue, Bimah, Prayer, belief, worship, Yom Kippur, Rosh, Hashanah, Hannukah, Purim, tallit, kippah, scroll, shema.
  • Sikhism: Waheguru (God)   Sikh, Guru, Gurdwara , Langar , Sewa, Guru Nanak, Guru Granth Sahib,  Mool Mantar