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Religious Education – Year 6

Autumn Term

How do Sikhs show commitment?   

  • The pupils will explore elements of the celebration of Harvest.
  • Pupils will explore what a value is and the difference between saying and doing. This will help form their opinions upon what values are important to them. The pupils will learn about the Sikh holy scripture, The Guru Granth Sahib and how it teaches Sikhs to live a life of good according to its values.
  • The pupils will investigate how the 5K’s are important to Sikhs and how they support them in their daily lives. By investigating the Sikh value of sewa ( kindness) the pupils will summarise how they can add positivity to their own ways of being.

How did the Christmas story develop?

  • The pupils will investigate The Nativity story from the bible and the two accounts of this from the gospels of Mathew and Luke. They will identify similarities and differences between these accounts. Pupils will consider reasons for this.  The pupils will also investigate pieces of Nativity art work and form their own questions about what they see and what they wish to further research. They will write an account as a character who witnessed the scene at the stable.

Spring Term

How do Jews remember kings and prophets?

  • The pupils will learn about key Jewish beliefs and how ideas of God are expressed through story, celebration, ritual and in a Jewish believer’s personal actions. The pupils will explore the festivals of Rosh Hashanah, Purim, ,Hanukkah and how these festivals link to key symbols of Judaism , practices today and how they inform Jewish people of how to live their lives .The pupils will form questions to research key figures within Judaism such as King David and Esther.

What do Christians believe about Jesus’ death and resurrection?

  • Through exploring key events of Holy Week the pupils will learn how the symbols of this story (bread, chalice, wine,etc) link to current Christian religious practice. The pupils will investigate the betrayal of Jesus and analyse the thoughts and feelings of key characters. Pupils will also explore what the resurrection means for Christians today and how this affects their lives and ways of worship.

Summer Term

What is compassion?

  • Pupils will explore the word compassion and give examples of when they have observed it. They then identify common aims of different religions and world views. They will consider what a world without compassion would look like . They will discuss why it is sometimes hard to show compassion. We then debate if is it ever right for people of faith and non-faith to involve themselves in conflict and the things which can be done to resolve it for the common good. 

How does growing up bring responsibilities and commitments?

  • In this unit we give the pupils opportunity to look ahead in their lives and to discuss the additional privileges they may experience in the future, for example learning to drive, going to university, getting a job, voting etc., and of the self responsibility required to achieve them. We then explore rights of passage in different religions e.g. bar mitzvah, baptism, aqeeqah, Amrit and of the commitment required from the individual and their family. We consider the idea of self-promise and the commitment pupils can make to themselves as they venture forward to a new episode in their lives.

Skills and Vocabulary

By the end of year 6 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.