The School Curriculum at Fairfields - Key Stage 2 - Year 6 - RE
Year 6 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 6, the children study Christianity, .)
to use key religious vocabulary incommunicating their knowledge andunderstanding;
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 usedto 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.
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