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Year 5 

Autumn Term: JUDAISM

Most children will know what Jews believe; that beliefs about God can be found above all in the Torah; and know how such beliefs affect the lives of Jews. They will know the role of the rabbi and about the importance of worship for the Jewish people. They will know what it means to be part of the Jewish community.

Some children will not have progressed so far. They will know something about Jewish beliefs and about the Torah and some ways that beliefs affect Jewish lifestyles. They will know that the rabbi has duties to fulfil and something about worship. They will know some ways in which Jews are part of their community.

A few children will have progressed further and will know why beliefs are important for Jews; know that the Torah represents God in diverse ways and know why Jewish lifestyle is affected by beliefs. They will know why the rabbi has authority within the community and why worship and belonging to the Jewish community are so important for Jews.


  • Understand the meaning of Lent and some of the traditions associated with the Lenten period
  • Understand the meaning of sacrifice
  • Understand the Christian belief that Jesus sacrificed himself for humanity
  • Explore images of the crucifixion in art
  • Listen to the bible story about the events leading up to Jesus' crucifixion
  • Listen to the bible story about Jesus' resurrection
  • Explore the events of Holy Week/Easter through role play
  • Explore the thoughts and feelings of those involved in the Holy Week/Easter events
  • Understand the Christian belief in Easter as a 'New Life' or a 'New Start'
  • Reflect on times when they might have made a new start
  • Think about symbols of new life
  • Understand why Jesus used the medium of stories to explain his rules for life
  • Think about the meaning behind some of the stories he told
  • Listen the stories of the Wise man and the foolish man and the Prodigal Son
  • Identify the meaning behind the stories and how they could be translated into a modern context
  • Reflect on the relevance of the parable messages for today's society
  • Think about moral messages that are important today
  • Negotiate priorities and justify choices


  • Think about how our world was created
  • Investigate the account of the creation contained in the bible – link with creation stories in Torah scrolls
  • Investigate how the creation story has been represented in a variety of cultures and traditions
  • Think about concepts of myth and reality
  • Think how the world was created
  • Many different theories of creation
  • Some people think that conflict exists between scientific evidence and religious belief and that for others there is no conflict
  • What is the purpose of our being on earth?
  • Understand that Jews and Christians believe that they have a relationship with God and responsibility for the rest of creation
  • Know the meaning of the words ‘commitment’ and ‘community’
  • Reflect on the communities to which they belong and the rights and responsibilities they involve
  • Reflect on the responsibilities Christians have in belonging to the Christian community
  • Know the different meanings of the word ‘church’
  • Know that going to church might support a Christian’s faith understand how different features in a church help Christians in their worship
  • Understand how different features in a church might help a Christian to understand what it means to be a follower of Jesus reflects on why people attend church

Visit to Heavenfield

  • What can we learn from a visit to a Christian building
  • What sort of things are found in religious buildings
  • That religious buildings and objects have meanings for their users
  • Know that for many Christians a church is a sacred place
  • Understand the impact the church has on believers’ lives

Lessons after Heavenfield: Lesson 9/10

  • Follow-up visit to Heavenfield
  • Look at story about Heavenfield
  • Look at why this was important to Christianity
  • To reflect upon what a Christian building they have visited means to them and to a believer
  • Think about how important it is to look after our world
  • Think how we can look after our local area

Lesson 11

  • How do buildings and objects relate to religious worship?
  • To compare the Jewish synagogue and the Christian church

Lesson 12

  • How could we show what Christians value in a design for a religious building?
  • That beliefs, ideas and feelings can be expressed in a variety of ways

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Year 6 


Christianity – Lifestyles

  • Pupils examine their own beliefs and practices
  • Pupils learn about how Christian teaching affects personal and social matters and how Christian beliefs shape how people think and act

Christian Communities

  • Pupils examine some of the variety in the Christianity community
  • Pupils look at some of the ways in which Christians worship

Spring term: HINDUISM

  • Where Hinduism began
  • Hindu Beliefs - the many forms of God
  • The story of Rama and Sita - the Festival of Divali
  • Hindu beliefs - a code to live by
  • Hindu beliefs - the Journey through Life
  • Hindu worship
  • Worship in the Mandir


  • Focus on festivals and celebrations throughout the world
  • Design a service of celebration

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Year 7 

Autumn Term: CHRISTIANITY (Jesus)

  • Pupils learn about the Christian understanding of Jesus as Son of God
  • Pupils learn about the effect that Jesus has on people who follow him today
  • Christianity: God
  • Pupils learn that Christians are encouraged to believe in the Trinity and what such a belief means.

Spring Term: ISLAM

  • To determine what pupils already know about Islam
  • To talk about some of the distinctive practices
  • To understand something about the life of Mohammed and know that he is the founder of Islam
  • To introduce Islamic beliefs
  • To think about the significance of special books
  • To understand the importance of the Qu’ran in Islam
  • To investigate Muslim codes of laws – particularly food laws
  • To understand what is meant by the Hajj and examine its significance in the Muslim faith
  • To co-operate in a group to solve a problem
  • To investigate mosques and their different uses
  • To look at the similarities and differences between a mosque and a Christian place of worship
  • To research festivals and celebrations in the Islamic year
  • To understand the significance of Ramadan and Eid


  • Think about which religious denominations are represented in their own community
  • Co-operate in a group to produce a map from memory
  • Think about why their own community has only Christian places of worship
  • Think about the contribution of the churches to the community of the town
  • Think about why their own community has only Christian places of worship
  • Think about the contribution of the churches to the community of the town
  • Understand which religious denominations comprise the Christian religion, how these developed and their relationship to each other
  • Work on a Thinking Skills categorising activity and justify their ideas
  • Research a specific church and understand its key features and place in the community
  • Understand some of the key features and the main focus of some of the Christian denominations represented in their community and the similarities and differences between them
  • Understand the essential features of a Christian place of worship
  • Negotiate in a group to produce ideas and justify these to the class
  • Understand how Christianity first came to Northumbria
  • Learn about the lives of some Anglo-Saxon saints and understand their role in the establishment of Christianity in the region

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Year 8 

Autumn Term: HINDUISM

  • Hindus believe that there is one God but God has many faces
  • Hindus subscribe to other important beliefs
  • How Hindu lives are affected by such beliefs
  • Important events in Hindu and Indian history
  • Hindu worship in the mandir and the home
  • Hindus give expression to belonging to the Hindu community and why such belonging is important

Spring Term: JESUS

  • The Christian understanding of Jesus as Son of God
  • The affect Jesus has on people who follow him today


  • The variety in the Christian family globally
  • Christian teaching that affects personal and social matters
  • The beliefs and practices of Christians shape how they think and act in relation to the contemporary world and its problems

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