Religious Studies Information

Through the teaching and learning of RS our pupils can:

  • Acquire and develop an understanding of Christianity and other principal religions represented in Britain.
  • Develop an awareness of the fundamental questions of life raised by human experience and how religious teaching relates to them.
  • Foster a reflective approach to life in the context of a growing understanding of the experiences, attitudes, beliefs and religious practices of human beings.
  • Reflect on their own beliefs, values and experiences in the light of their study.
  • Develop the ability to make reasoned and informed judgements about religious and moral issues with reference to the teachings of the principal religions represented in Britain.
  • Develop a positive attitude towards living in a religiously diverse society.
  • Develop their understanding of why certain things are held to be right or wrong.
  • Develop their sense of identity and belonging, preparing them for life as citizens in a plural society.
At Witham Hall, RS is taught from Reception through to Year 4 by class teachers and from then on by specialist teachers. In Years 4 to 8 the pupils receive two lessons of RS per week with the addition of prep time in Years 6, 7 and 8.
 

 

Prep Long Term Plan

 

MICHAELMAS

LENT

TRINITY

YEAR 4

Founders and Faith Stories

The Life of Christ
The Life of Guru Nanak
Abraham
Moses
The Way and the Life of the Buddha
The Life of Muhammad
Krishna Stories

Signs and Symbols

What are signs and symbols
Everyday signs
Crests and Coats of Arms
Religious symbols
Stained glass windows – looking at colour
The cross as a symbol

Creation

Own views
Christian view
Hindu view
Muslim view
Buddhist view
As science sees it

YEAR 5

Judaism

Holy Books - Torah
Synagogue
Family Life and Shabbat
Festivals – Hannukah, Passover and Rosh Hashanah
Bar Mitzvah
Kosher

Hinduism

Hindu ideas about God
Worship at home, the shrine
Krishna and Janamastami
Diwali
Ramayana story

Sikhism

The 10 Gurus
Naming ceremony
The Mool Mantra
The Guru Granth Sahib
The Five K’s
The Khalsa

YEAR 6

Islam

Mohammad
The Quran
What Muslims believe
The Five Pillars
The Mosque
Birth and Marriage

Christianity

The Church
Prayer – The Lord’s Prayer
Lourdes
Israel
Rosary Beads
The Stations of the Cross
The Lion, The Witch and the Wardrobe

Buddhism

The Life of the Buddha
Being still – relaxation and visualisation
The Four Noble Truths
The Eightfold Path

YEAR 7

The Old Testament Stories and the Contemporary Issues related to them.

Creation Stories
Nature of Man and the Fall
Cain and Abel
The Near Sacrifice of Isaac
Moses

OT cont.

Exodus and the Passover
The 10 Commandments
David and Bathsheba
Nathan’s Parable

CE Project Work

Own title, research and presentation

OT cont.
Solomon’s Wisdom
Elijah – The prophets of Baal and The still small voice

YEAR 8

The New Testament Stories and the Contemporary Issues related to them.

The Birth of Jesus
The Temptations
Being a Follower of Jesus – The Call of the Disciples and The Rich Young Man
Jesus and the Outcasts – Zacchaeus and the Woman
Miracles – The Paralysed Man and The Calming of the Storm

Faith in Action character project

NT Cont.

Who was Jesus? – Peter’s Declaration and The Transfiguration
Parables – The Good Samaritan, The Lost Son and The Sower
Trial, Sentence and Crucifixion
The Resurrection  

Revision