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Religious Education (RE)

Subject Overview

 

Autumn

Spring

Summer

 

Taught discretely following the Discovery RE and Understanding Christianity schemes of work 

EYFS

Autumn 1:
What makes people special?
(What makes every single person unique and precious?) Family, friends, role models, Jesus, Moses, God
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Autumn 2:
What is Christmas?
(Why do Christians perform nativity plays at Christmas?) Giving, Thanks, Christmas Story, Shepherds, Wise Men, Nativity

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Spring 1:
How do people celebrate?
New Year, Chinese New Year, Nowruz (Persian New Year) Holi

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Spring 2:
What is Easter?
(Why do Christians put a cross in an Easter garden?) Spring, Easter Eggs, Palm Sunday, cross

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Summer 1:
What can we learn from stories?
(How can we help others when they need it?) Boy who cried Wolf, Crocodile and the Priest (Sikh), Bilal and the Butterfly (Muslim), Gold Giving Serpent (Indian), The Elephant and the Dog (Asian), The Parable of the Lost Coin

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Summer 2:
What makes places special?
(Why is the word ‘God’ so important to Christians? / How can we care for our wonderful world?) Home, Global Homes, The World, Church,  Mosque, Synagogue

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Y1

Autumn 1:
Christianity
The Creation Story - Does God want Christians to look after the world? Creation Story, Environmental Issues, Recycling / Stewardship

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Autumn 2:
Christianity
The Christmas Story - Why does Christmas matter to Christians? The Nativity Story, Jesus' importance to Christians, Gospels, Christian beliefs and actions at Christmas, Thanksgiving

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Spring 1:
Judaism
Chanukah - Does celebrating Chanukah make Jewish children feel closer to God? Chanukah Story, Miracle, Celebration
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Spring 2:
Christianity
The Easter Story - Why does Easter matter to Christians? Stories of Holy Week and Easter, Christian beliefs about death and resurrection in church worship at Easter, Different responses to the Easter story (sadness, hope)

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Summer 1:
Judaism
Shabbat - Is Shabbat important to Jewish children? Special Day, Shabbat Meal, Synagogue
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Summer 2:
Judaism
Rosh Hashanah and Yom Kippur - Are Rosh Hashanah and Yom Kippur important to Jewish children? Forgiveness, Repentance,Food and Symbolism, New Year plans, Prayer, Synagogue

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Y2

Autumn 1:
Christianity
What did Jesus teach? - Is it possible to be kind to everyone all of the time? Good Samaritan Story, Love your Neighbour, Healing the Paraysed Man, Jesus' teachings, Saviour.

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Autumn 2:

Christianity
The Christmas Story - Why does Christmas matter to Christians? (Digging Deeper) The Nativity Story, The Nativity story in church and at home, Responses to the Christmas Story, Lessons learned from the Christmas Story, Advent

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Spring 1:
Judaism
Passover - How important it is for Jewish people to do what God asks them to do? Covenant, Abraham, Moses, Passover, The Exodus, Seder Meal, Symbolism

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Spring 2:
Christianity
The Easter Story - Why does Easter matter to Christians? (Digging Deeper) Stories of Holy Week and Easter, Gospels, Jesus as saviour , Church worship, Different responses to the Easter Story, Forgiveness, Jesus as a bridge between God and humans, Resurrection/New Life

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Summer 1:
Judaism
The Covenant - How special is the relationship Jews have with God? Abraham, Covenant, Birth of Isaac, Moses and the 10 Commandments, Mezuzah, Shema

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Summer 2:
Judaism
Rites of Passage - What is the best way for a Jew to show their identity? Bar / Bat Mitzvah, Mitzvah Day, Tu B'Shevat

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Y3

Autumn 1:
Christianity
Jesus' Miracles - Could Jesus heal people? Where these miracles or is there some other kind of explanation? Jesus and the Blind Man, The Paralysed Man, Miracles
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Autumn 2:
Christianity
The Christmas Story - What is the Trinity? The Trinity, Jesus' baptism by John the Baptist, The Grace (Corinthians), Beliefs about God the Trinity , The idea of God in Christianity, Own ideas about what the God of Christianity is like, Descriptions of God (symbols, similes, metaphors, songs, stories, poems, art)

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Spring 1:
Sikhism
The Amrit Ceremony and the Khalsa - Does joining the Khalsa make a person a better Sikh? Khalsa, Amrit, 5 Ks

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Spring 2:
Christianity
The Easter Story - Why do Christians call the day Jesus died 'Good Friday'? Holy Week, Resurrection,  Entry into Jerusalem and the death and resurrection of Jesus, How Christians mark the Easter events in their church communities, Palm Sunday, Good Friday and Easter Sunday

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Summer 1:
Sikhism
Sharing and Community - Do Sikhs think it is important to share? Vaisakhi, Divali, Guru Hargobind, Gurdwara, Guru Granth Sahib, Langar
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Summer 2:
Sikhism
Prayer and Worship - What is the best way for a Sikh to show commitment to God? 5 Ks, Amrit and Khalsa Recap, Worship, Guru Granth Sahib, Mool Mantar, 3 Golden Rules, Gurdwara

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Y4

Autumn 1:
Christianity
People of God - What is it like to follow God? Old Testament, Covenant, 'People of God', Noah's Ark, How some Christians choose to live their whole lives and in their church communities.

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Autumn 2:

Christianity
The Christmas Story - What is the most significant part of the nativity story for Christians today? Christmas Symbols, Incarnation, Christingle.

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Spring 1:
Buddhism
Buddha's Teachings - Is it possible for everyone to be happy? Life of the Buddha, Search for Enlightenment.

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Spring 2:
Christianity
The Easter Story - Why do Christians remember the events of Holy Week every year? Holy Week, Resurrection, The Last Supper, Judas' betrayal and Peter's denial, How Christians remember, celebrate and serve on Maunday Thursday, including Holy Communion

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Summer 1:
Buddhism
The Eight-Fold Path - Can the Buddha's teachings make the world a better place? The Eight-Fold Path, 3 Universal Truths, Suffering, Buddha's teachings, Right Speech.

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Summer 2:
Buddhism
The Eight-Fold Path - What is the best way for a Buddhist to lead a good life? The Eight-Fold Path, Right Viewpoint, Right Awareness, Right Speech, Right Concentration, Right Action, Right Thought, Right Effort and Right Living

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Y5

Autumn 1:
Hinduism
Beliefs - How can Brahman be everywhere and in everything? Is there a soul? Trimurti, God, Deities

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Autumn 2:
Christianity
The Christmas Story - Was Jesus the Messiah? Incarnation, Salvation, (Jesus as the) Messiah, Old Testament, God's plan to restore the relationship between humans and God, Gospel and prophecy texts, Connections between biblical texts, Incarnation and Messiah, Christian beliefs about the Messiah, The difference Jesus as the Messiah might make in people's lives

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Spring 1:
Hinduism
Beliefs and Moral Values - Do beliefs in Karma, Samsarah and Moksha help Hindus lead good lives? Good deeds, Rama, Re-incarnation, Sadhu

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Spring 2:
Christianity
The Easter Story - What did Jesus do to save human beings? Incarnation, Salvation, Gospels (New Testament), Jesus' death as a sacrifice and what this means, Narratives of Jesus' death/resurrection, Holy Communion, Different Christian interpretations of Jesus' death

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Summer 1:
Hinduism
Prayer and Worship - What is the best way for a Hindu to show commitment to God? Murtis, Worship at Home (Puja), 4 Goals, Dharma, Pilgrimage

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Summer 2:

Christianity
Beliefs and Practices - What is the best way for a Christian to show commitment to God? Love your Neighbour, Faith in Action, Christian Charities, Mother Teresa, Martin Luther King, Prayer, Communion, Church

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Y6

Autumn 1:
Islam
Beliefs and Practices - What is the best way for a Muslim to show commitment to God? 5 Pillars, Prayer, Charity, Fasting, Hajj Pilgrimage
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Autumn 2:
Christianity
The Christmas Story - Was Jesus the Messiah? (Digging Deeper) Old Testament, Jesus as Messiah, Jesus as Prince of Peace

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Spring 1:
Christianity
Belief and Meaning - Is anything every eternal? Jesus' teachings and Parables, Lost Son, 10 Lepers, 2 Great Commandments, Agape, Heaven, Love
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Spring 2:
Christianity
The Easter Story - What difference does the resurrection make to Christians? Salvation, New Testament, Isaiah 53, John 19 and the key concepts of Messiah, Sacrifice and Salvation, Jesus as a sacrifice, Different Christian interpretations of Jesus' death

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Summer 1:
Islam
Beliefs and Moral Values - Does belief in Akhira (life after death) help Muslims to lead a good life? (Part 1)
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Summer 2:
Islam
Beliefs and Moral Values - Does belief in Akhira (life after death) help Muslims to lead a good life? (Part 2) Actions / Consequences, Greater Jihad, Military Jihad, Qur'an, Lesser Jihad/Holy War

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This subject is co-ordinated by Emily Fenner.

This page was updated November 2020.

 

 

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