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Can you judge a book by its cover? 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 Look at range of books – what do the children think of the books based on their covers.

Investigations Are books really judged by their covers? Could we survive without one of our major organs? Do you have to be on your own to feel alone? Are all places of Worship the same? Is a Quaker more than just a breakfast cereal? Should the job of Saint come with a job description? Why did Christians used to meet in secret? What makes a good memory? Reflection Produce a class book detailing the Learning Challenges dealt with.

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.

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 History- Historical figure- Mother Teresa. Science- Body Parts and major organs.


What can Celebrations teach us? 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 what are the Children’s favourite celebrations and what do they mean to them Investigations Should we care where our food comes from? Is being busy healthy? Can dreams come true?

Why do people get tempted? Why is Mother’s Day always on a Sunday? Is it useful to keep a diary? Is fire always dangerous? Reflection Keep a video diary of all the celebrations they have learnt about.

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 History- Diary writing, primary source of evidence. Geography- Around the World- where does our food come from? Science- Keeping our bodies healthy. Fairtrade- How can we support this cause?


How can we find more about Jesus? 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 a picture of what they think Jesus looks like. Investigations

Does anyone really know what Jesus looked like?

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.

Why was Jesus not recognized when he appeared to the travellers?

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.

Reflection Children to create a class assembly or film explaining what they have learnt about Jesus.

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

What is a parable? How many people did Jesus heal? Why is water used in Baptism?


Do Bible stories contain a moral? 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 think of as many bible stories as they can think of and what they mean to them? Investigations Why do people read books? What can we learn from the story of Joseph? What is a Moses basket? Is it important to trust others? Reflection Children to create their own versions of Bible stories with a message.

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.


Does worship have to take place in a church? 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: Investigate the significance of some well-known Christians from different periods of history, Consider an aspect of the development of their local Christian community, Read prayers from the Bible, and other sources, Recognise that prayer and worship can be associated with special events and places, Reflect on and explore the belief that God may be worshipped anywhere, Recognise that there are special places of worship which need to be respected, Experience worship and prayer in a variety of ways and Compose prayers to mark special events. Opening Children to say prayers in a variety of locations, classroom, school hall, outside and church. Discuss which they thought was the best. Investigations Is The Lord’s Prayer Still Relevant Today?

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 worship? Why Do Christians Worship In The Church? Where and When Did Mother’s Day Originate? Reflection Children to lead a school assembly discussing what they have learnt about worship?

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.


Why do Hindus believe in many gods? 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 to explore the Hindu faith using ipads or laptops Investigations Where Do Hindus Worship?

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.

What Is The Holy Book Of Hindus? What stories important to Hindus? Why Do Hindus Believe In Many Gods? What Is A Rangoli Pattern? Do Hindus Have Celebrations? Reflection Children to create a class display detailing all the things they have learnt about Hinduism.

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 History/Geography – Hinduism founded in India. Art/Design- creating artwork based on symbols and stories of the Faith.

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