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Religious Education – Year 5

Autumn Term

Why are some journeys and places special?

  • Harvest- We will discuss why water is special to us and in terms of growing food. We then learn how clean water is difficult to access for many people around the world and of the charities which provide aid. Next the pupils explore the word pilgrimage and what this means to believers od different religions. We learn about religious pilgrimages for believers of Islam, Judaism, Sikhism and Christianity, where they take place and how these visits can impact upon the individual . The pupils will also consider their own special places and consider what they gain from visiting these places.

What is a gift?

  • The pupils will explore the word prophesy and the Christian belief that the Wise Men sought the new born Jesus based upon biblical prophesy. We will discuss the types of gifts given by the Wise Men and why these were chosen. We then investigate the Russian story of Baboushka and what messages it teaches us. Pupils will explore the intangible gifts we can give to others such as kindness, time, care, advice etc. and will then research the traditions associated with Christmas in Russia.

Spring Term

What do Christians believe about old and new covenants?

  • Pupils will learn the term covenant and its meaning of promise. We will talk about covenants which we experience in our daily lives . We will re-cap elements of the bible and focus upon the Old Testament and the covenant made between God and Abraham. We then investigate the connection to Abraham in the Bible, Qur’an and Torah through the story of Abraham and Sarah and The Testing of Abraham . Next we review the promise made to Moses in the Exodus story and identify the reasons why Moses was given the 10 Commandments. 

Why do people show sacrifice for the benefit of others?

  • The pupils will explore the terms sacrifice and redemption. They will discuss experiences of these concepts and reasons why a sacrifice or forgiveness was made. We then link these terms to the sacrifice which Jesus made and why. We question if Jesus was right to make such a sacrifice. We explore the life of Harriet Tubman and the personal sacrifices she made to help others escape from slavery. 

Summer Term

What values are shown in codes for living?

  • We discuss where our rules come from in general society and question the need for them. We explore the term ‘Humanist” to help understand that there are non-religious codes for positive living for example in the responsibility for looking after the environment, We then investigate where Muslims, Jews, Sikhs and Christians get there inspiration for a positive code of living from and we will identify similarities and differences between them. The pupils will write a personal code for living. We will celebrate Eid.

Should we forgive others?

  • We will investigate stories about forgiveness and the key messages they bring.  We will discover the process of forgiveness within faith groups e.g. Roman Catholic confession. We will explore times in our own lives when it has been personally difficult to forgive, and how we felt not to do so. We then explore why the black rights activists Martin Luther King and Rosa Parks partook in peaceful protest in the face of prejudice. 

Skills and Vocabulary

By the end of year 5 pupils should be able to apply previous skills taught to the content of learning and compare and contrast views; give a considered response; explain a range of opinions and give reasons using appropriate vocabulary; evaluate different points of view ; apply a range of ideas into verbal and written summaries.

  • Christianity: 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, Jihad, Zakat, Hajj , Mecca, Night of Destiny(Laylut Al Qadr), Eid ul Adha, Qiblah, Sadaqah, Halal, Haram, Iftar, Ummah, Kaabah
  • 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,   Kippur, Rosh, Hashanah, Hannukah, Purim, tallit, kippah, scroll,shema.
  • Sikhism: India, Panjab, non-corporeal, omnipresent, shishya (disciple), Ten, Gurus, Guru Arjan, Adi Granth, Guru Granth Sahib, scripture, hukam, vak, kirtan, Guru Gobind Singh, Khalsa, Panj Pyare,  5 Ks, kara.