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Fairfields Primary School and Nursery

Rosedale Way, Cheshunt, Herts EN7 6JG Tel: 01992 633195 Fax: 01992 643701
Email: admin@fairfields.herts.sch.uk
Headteacher: Mr G Gaidoni
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The School Curriculum at Fairfields - Key Stage 2 - Year 4 - RE

Year 4 Programme of study

In religious education, children learn about religion and what we can learn from religion.

Learning about religion – Children are taught:

Beliefs and teachings

  • to describe the key aspects of religions and traditions that influence the beliefs and values of others; (In Year 4, the children study Christianity, Sikhism and Hinduism.)
  • to use key religious vocabulary in communicating their knowledge and understanding;
  • about stories of the lives of key religious people, the significance of these in their own lives and in the lives of believers today;
  • about individual beliefs and consider the ways in which members of faith communities describe their understanding of God/gods.

Religious practices and lifestyles

  • to identify and begin to describe the similarities and differences within and between religions;
  • to investigate the significance of religion in the local, national and global communities;
  • to use and interpret information about religions from a range of sources;
  • about the way in which expressive and visual arts are significant to the practices and lifestyles of religious believers;
  • the main rituals within acts of worship or meditation and recognise that shared feelings are a part of worship;
  • about the roles and responsibilities of authority figures within their own lives and of religious leaders in different faith communities;
  • about books which are precious or important and be made aware of ways in which sacred religious texts are regarded, handled and read by the members of faith groups;
  • how religious festivals are related to key figures, events and stories and how these are observed within families and religious communities;
  • about places of religious importance, preferably exploring through visits; the way each place is used and its meaning and significance.

Ways of expressing meaning

  • about religious festivals which share common themes, but which have meaning unique to each faith;
  • about the way verbal and non-verbal symbolic expression and action are used to convey meaning, particularly in religious contexts, including sacred texts.


Learning from religion – Children are taught:

Human identity, personality and experience

  • about the significance of their own religious, cultural and family traditions and how these relate to the experiences of others;
  • to participate in periods of stillness and quiet thought and, where appropriate, to express personal reflections and emotions;
  • that there are important landmarks in life, both religious and non-religious;
  • to understand what it means to belong to groups and how believers demonstrate commitment to a faith group;
  • to develop their sense of curiosity about life, death, relationships and the natural world and express personal opinions.

Questions of meaning and purpose

  • the difference between ultimate and non-ultimate questions, including raising questions, suggesting answers and understanding that religions may give followers the answers to some of the mysteries of life.

Values and commitments

  • about the relationship between humans, their environment and other living creatures, including examples of religious teaching and practice;
  • to reflect on ideas of right and wrong and their own and others’ responses to them;
  • about religious codes of conduct and rules of living, considering the effect of these on daily life;
  • examples of the ways in which personal and religious beliefs may influence their behaviour and that of others.