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Over the course of Year 6 we will be looking at Christianity, Islam and Hinduism. Our focus lines of enquiry over the year will be:

  • Is life like a journey?
  • What is a good life well lived?
  • How do religions mark the ‘signposts’ and the ‘turning points’ on the journey?
  • If life is a journey, where does it lead? What is happiness?
  • What is the map for our journey?
  • Can people really change?
  • Who or what are we accountable to?
  • Should we prepare for the future?
  • Where do we start and end on this journey?
  • Who are the important people on our journey?
  • What do we commit ourselves to on our journey?
  • What should our attitudes be on our journey?

 

We planned and wrote out own worship assembly about thankfulness and delivered it to the rest of the school and to our parents. We thought about the different ways that we could show thankfulness: being thankful for what others do, being thankful for the world that God has made, being thankful for what we have and not being jealous of others, being thankful for the opportunities we get in life and being thankful for the work that charities do to help those less fortunate than ourselves.

 

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 First Half of the Autumn Term - Hinduism 

This half term we have been learning about Hinduism and using it as a focus to consider the question: Do we have to live our lives in a certain way? So far we have thought and learned the following things....

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We talked about what the word 'milestone' meant.

We realised that some milestones in our lives we shared with lots of other people in the class but others were just special to us, our family or our religion. We talked about how some significant events were similar even they were celebrated or shown in different ways.

Second Half of the Autumn Term.

Our focus question was: How do Christians prepare for Advent. We focused our learning around the significant figures in the period of Advent: The Prophets, John the Baptist and Mary. before recapping on the importance of the church and how Advent is reflect in the church. We thought about and reflected how their lives were reflected in our own. We also learnt that Advent was a time of hope and thought about what our hopes and dreams are for the future.

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To finish off our RE unit, we all made Christingles. The orange represents the world, the red ribbon - Jesus' blood,, the four sticks - the four corners of the world, the sweets are a sign of God's goodness and finally the candle representing Jesus the light of the world.
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Spring Term

This term we were introduced to The Big Frieze. We looked at the seven phases that tell the story of the Bible:

  • God
  • Creation 
  • Fall
  • People of God
  • Incarnation
  • Gospels
  • Salvation
  • Kingdom of God

Our class' focus was on the Kingdom of God. We analysed the painting by Emma Yarlett and then sketched/drew our own interpretation of what we thought the Kingdom of God was.

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To finish the term we visited St Stephen's Church and addressed a 'Question Time' panel of people from the Easter story: a pharisee, Peter, Mary Magdalene, a centurion, Pontius Pilate. The time frame was after Jesus had died on Good Friday but before he rose from the dead on Easter Sunday. Prior to visiting the church, we created questions for panellists in class and then got the opportunity to pose these questions to the panel. 

Why do Christians celebrate Eucharist?

To begin the unit we looked at a picture of the Last Supper and read Mark’s account of the Last Supper. (Mark 14:12-26)We discussed what wee could see in the picture what they have just heard. We then explored what the Eucharist was and meant and made connections between what they heard from Mark’s Gospel, the poster and the Eucharist. In pairs the children read the stories of the Last Supper found in Luke 22:7-23, Mark 14:12-25, Matthew 26:17-35.  We also read copies of the Eucharist service and highlighted the words that link directly to the Bible text.

We explore the meaning of the Eucharist further by spending time reflecting upon the words used, such as remembrance, holy, sacrifice, mercy, salvation and faith.  As a class, we thought about the Eucharist service answer questions about Christian beliefs? We then thought about what the words remembrance, holy, sacrifice, mercy, salvation and faith meant to us personally before thinking about the bigger question of ‘What makes something holy?’

To end the unit the children made  ‘A Guide to the Eucharist’ for a member of KS1 to read. The guide explains what happens and why, the symbolism of the bread and wine and how the Eucharist is rooted in the Last Supper.

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First Half of the Summer Term 

We continued with a Christian theme and this time focused on the life journeys of significant people from the Old and New Testament. We used the Bibles as a source of research to follow the lives of people such as Abraham, Moses and Joseph (who had 12 brothers). We also documented the lief journey of Jesus. Each time we paid particular attention to how their belief and trust in God got them through difficult times in their lives. We then reflected this back onto ourselves and reflected on our life journey so far and how our beliefs and faith have helped us along our journey.

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Second Half of the Summer Term

The focus on this term has been on Islam and particularly Hajj (linked with our yearly focus on life as a journey). We really delved into the details of what Hajj was and it's importance for Christians. Mr Timol came in and shared his own Hajj experiences. We r=then wrote our diary entries based on the Hajj.

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