Gilbert Inglefield Academy

Year 5 & 6 RE Curriculum Overview 2018-2019

 Head of Department: Mrs. M. Timberlake

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RE is taught as a separate subject in Year 5 and 6..  In Year 7 and 8, RE and PSHEE are combined to form E4L (Education for Life)

 Why study RE?
Even if we think that we do not believe in any religion, and that it is nothing to do with us, nevertheless, it affects a great many aspects of our everyday lives, wherever we live. Religious belief has been with humanity since the very beginning. It is an attempt to explain those things for which we do not otherwise have an answer: why are we born, why do we suffer, what happens to us when we die? Religion can be considered the most important influence on the lives of everyone in the world.

Studying RE leads to:

  • An understanding of where people’s beliefs come from
  • An understanding of why people view the world differently
  • An examination of the fundamental questions of life
  • The weighing up of different beliefs, opinions, and experiences
  • The working out of our own views about how to live our lives
  • The ability to relate the beliefs, values, and experiences of others to our own experience of life

 RE is taught in a range of ways from using multimedia and interactive software to involving the children in role play and discussions. Experiential lessons, drama, group work and personal research are integral to our RE lessons. We follow the Central Bedfordshire SACRE agreed syllabus.

 Where possible in the curriculum, visits and visitors enhance the learning experience for our pupils.

 Year 5

 Autumn Term: What Matters most to Humanists and Christians?

The children will learn about the values that matter to Humanists and values that matter to Christians. The will look at Humanist and Religious teachings.

The children will identify some of their own values and consider what is important in life. They will think about behaviours and responsibilities, and focus on values like forgiveness, truth telling or kindness to animals.

 A Christingle service will take place in early December for Year 5 pupils and parents.

 Spring Term: Living as a Hindu in the 21st century

 We are exploring how the Hindu faith affects the lives of people who follow the religion. We also look at how children in Hindu families respect and live their daily life. In summary;

  • family life
  • the idea of God
  • Hindu celebrations like Diwali, Raksha Bandhan and Holi.
  • Puja (worship)
  • Stories from the Hindu Scriptures
  • Hindu wedding celebrations. 

 Summer Term: Journeys

 We will look at both the physical and spiritual journeys that people go through during their lives. In summary we will learn about:

  • Special journeys
  • Pilgrimages
  • Lourdes, the River Ganges and Jerusalem
  • Stages of life

 We will end the year with a short study on the importance of the church for Christians.

 Year 6

Autumn Term: Justice and Poverty: Can religions work together to make poverty history?

 The children will learn about how children in the poorest parts of the world live. They will reflect on if the world were just 100 people and whether we could still ignore the poverty. They will think about what they value most.

The children will find out how different religions are trying to alleviate the problems that poverty can cause, and learn from charities such as Christian Aid and Islamic Relief. They will consider the teachings from religious leaders on the subject.

A focus on analysis of artwork and creating our own will take place in the second half term.

 Spring Term: How do people live through good and through hard times?

 We will learn about some celebrations which focus on light, like Hannukah and Diwali. We’ll think about the importance of light in religions and the symbolism. We will then focus on the soul and gain an understanding of religious views on the afterlife.

The children will identify how various religions teach about the next life, and how concepts like karma and reincarnation can be understood. They will learn from others about dealing with grief.

Due to the difficult and sensitive nature of this topic, the children will never be forced to share or join in. The use of stories will be used as a distancing tool.

  This unit will involve a visit to the local cemetery to look at inscriptions to understand how people cope through grief and bereavement.

 Summer Term: Why do some people inspire others?

 During this topic the children will investigate areas such as:

The qualities of a hero and why some people inspire us.

They will learn about religious leaders like Jesus, Muhammad and Guru Nanak - we will describe and evaluate their significance for believers today.

We will identify the qualities of some modern inspirational people including Aung San Suu Kyi and Gandhi.

As part of helping children with their key skills we will discuss the qualities of leadership including aspects such as communication skills, the courage to speak out when something is wrong and concern for others.