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What do my friends and family mean to me? The learning in this unit enables children to develop spiritual, moral and religious values and is concerned with how religious knowledge, concepts, skills and attitudes, are integrated with the personal development and spiritual life of the child. It takes seriously the pupils’ own context in the world in which they are growing up, and the necessity for structuring a programme of teaching and learning which takes account of their developing awareness, attitudes and abilities. Opening Draw pictures of friends and say why they like them. Investigations Is it possible to be a friend to everybody?

English This Learning Challenge will encourage discussion and reflection about how Christians lead their daily lives, thus developing children’s speaking and listening skills. There will be many opportunities for reading and writing activities linked to this Learning Challenge.

What makes a Special Friend? Why do footballers play in teams?

Can wishes really come true? Did God really give us bread daily? Did St George really have a pet dragon? Why is the cross a Christian Symbol? Why is our Walmsley Badge Special? Reflection Children to design their own Walmsley Badge

Digital Literacy This Learning Challenge could be enhanced by the use of I-pads and computer software in various ways, such as: Using the internet to research key questions within the challenge. Creating e-books, presentations and Apps using the research material found. Other Curricular Links P.E- Working well as part of a team during team games. Art/Design- creating a School badge that represents Walmsley School.


Why do we have special days? Festivals and celebrations are important to all of us, marking special times in our lives and the year. Many of the celebrations we take part in – from wedding ceremonies and harvest festivals to holidays like Christmas – are founded on religious beliefs or events. Learning about how people of different religions celebrate also helps children to understand a range of beliefs and cultures and encourages them to think about the place of traditions and festivals in their lives. Opening Discuss children’s own special days – birthdays, Christmas etc. Investigations Why do we have advent calendars? Do we only have candles on birthday cakes? Why do people go on journeys? What is a fable? What makes our Mums special? Is there a Heaven for Pets? Why do fishermen catch fish? Reflection Children chose their favourite special day and plan a party.

English This Learning Challenge will encourage discussion and reflection about Festivals- both Christian and other Faiths. Children’s speaking and listening skills will be developed as they learn why specific festivals are celebrated and the customs and beliefs surrounding these special times. There will be many opportunities for reading and writing activities linked to this Learning Challenge. Digital Literacy This Learning Challenge could be enhanced by the use of I-pads and computer software in various ways, such as: Using the internet to research key questions within the challenge. Creating e-books, presentations and Apps using the research material found. Other Curricular Links Art- Easter/Mothers Day Cards. Geography- The journey of the Wise Men.


What would Jesus do? Children will learn who Jesus Christ is. They will learn that Jesus is God. That He was there when the world was created. They will know Him as the word of God made flesh. They will meet Jesus in the Bible as they learn what He did while he was a man on earth. Just as God the father is love, our healer, and our deliverer, so Jesus is love, our healer and our deliverer. Children will especially come to know Jesus as their saviour. He will forgive their sins, if they ask him, and will intercede for them with God the Father. As children learn more about Jesus, they are learning more about the person they should emulate throughout their life. They will use the phrase "What Would Jesus Do?" and tie the question to specifics. If they know who Jesus is, they will know what He would do in a particular situation. Opening Children to draw pictures of Jesus and write words about doing good. Investigations What do we really know about Jesus? Why do Mums and Dads forgive their children when they do things wrong? How did Jesus change the lives of Jairus and his daughter? Do you have to be a baby to be Christened?

English This learning challenge will encourage discussion and reflection about who Jesus was and how He behaveddeveloping children’s speaking and listening skills. There will be many opportunities for reading and writing activities linked to this learning challenge. Digital Literacy This Learning Challenge could be enhanced by the use of I-pads and computer software in various ways, such as: Using the internet to research key questions within the challenge. Creating e-books, presentations and Apps using the research material found.

Did Jesus have female friends? Reflection Children to produce their own set of rules inspired by Jesus.

Other Curricular Links Geography- Where Jesus lived. History- How long ago Jesus lived.


Is the Bible the greatest ever storybook? For a child the Bible experience consists of a collection of disjointed stories. Trying to piece those stories together is a bit like trying to build a puzzle without the picture. In this curriculum unit on The Bible, the children will learn to: say no to sin when we are tempted to do wrong, become stronger in their faith, walk in the way of truth by learning right from wrong, learn more about God, give us answers about our faith and what we believe, know what God wants us to do when we are faced with a choice and they will be encouraged by being reminded of God’s promises and faithfulness. Opening Children to paint their favourite animal and discuss which of these animals appear in the bible.

Investigations What is a Biblical story? Why did people laugh at Noah? How did Jonah end up in the stomach of a Whale? Did Samson really need a haircut? Reflection Create a class display around one of the three bible stories dealt with.

English This Learning Challenge will encourage discussion and reflection about the Holy Book of the Christian Faith- The Bible. Children’s speaking and listening skills will be developed through the re-telling of Bible stories and discussion of what we can learn from them. There will be many opportunities for reading and writing activities linked to this Learning Challenge Digital Literacy This Learning Challenge could be enhanced by the use of I-pads and computer software in various ways, such as: Using the internet to research key questions within the challenge. Creating e-books, presentations and Apps using the research material found. Other Curricular Links Art and Design- Creating Art work of Bible stories. History- Old Testament Stories. Maths- Graphing of favourite Bible stories.


Can God hear us when we talk to him? Pupils should develop a knowledge, understanding and appreciation of the growth of Christianity, of its worship, prayer and religious language; a growing awareness of the meaning of belonging to a Christian tradition, and sensitivity towards the beliefs of others. Teachers should provide opportunities for pupils to appreciate that: The way of life in the early Church involved caring, sharing and praying together, People have been influential in the growth of the Church, People can worship God in a variety of ways and places, During the Church calendar there are special times of celebration and There are special occasions in a Christian’s life associated with worship. Opening Children visit church and draw some of the symbols they see Investigations How Can We Talk To God? Why Do People Pray?

English This Learning Challenge will encourage discussion and reflection about the Holy Book of the Christian Faith- The Bible. Children’s speaking and listening skills will be developed through the re-telling of Bible stories and discussion of what we can learn from them. There will be many opportunities for reading and writing activities linked to this Learning Challenge.

What is a symbol? Reflection Children to create their own prayer book which they can use in class at prayer times

Digital Literacy This Learning Challenge could be enhanced by the use of I-pads and computer software in various ways, such as: Using the internet to research key questions within the challenge. Creating e-books, presentations and Apps using the research material found. Other Curricular Links Art and Design- Creating Art work using Biblical Symbols.


What do Buddhist believe? To introduce pupils to the religious experience of the multitude of people in Britain and worldwide who belong to faiths other than Christianity. Pupils will be helped to understand their fellow citizens, whether represented in the school or not, and in the hope that greater understanding will lead to a respectful and harmonious society. Opening Children look at a range of Buddha statues and photos of famous Buddhas. Investigations Do Buddhists Have A Holy Book? Who was the Buddha? How is the Buddha represented?

Why do people follow the Buddha? What is the Dharma?

English This learning challenge will encourage discussion and reflection about other Faiths other than Christianity. Children’s speaking and listening skills will be developed as they consider the customs, beliefs and place of worship of the Islamic Faith. Digital Literacy This Learning Challenge could be enhanced by the use of I-pads and computer software in various ways, such as: Using the internet to research key questions within the challenge. Creating e-books, presentations and Apps using the research material found.

What are the 5 precepts? Does The Buddhist Faith Celebrate Festivals? How and Where Do Buddhists Worship? Reflection Children to share their knowledge of Buddhism in an assembly or class film.

Other Curricular Links History/Geography - Buddhism founded in India. Art/Design- creating artwork based on symbols and stories of the Faith.


Year 1 RE Learning Challenges