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Year 5 & 6 RE Curriculum

 Head of Department: Mrs. M. Timberlake
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RE is taught as a separate subject in Year 5 and 6.  In Year 7 and 8, RE and PSHEE are combined to form CPRE (Citizenship, PHSEE and RE)

 Why study RE?

Even if we think that we do not believe in any religion, and that it is nothing to do with us, nevertheless, it affects a great many aspects of our everyday lives, wherever we live. Religious belief has been with humanity since the very beginning. It is an attempt to explain those things for which we do not otherwise have an answer: why are we born, why do we suffer, what happens to us when we die? Religion can be considered the most important influence on the lives of everyone in the world.

Studying RE leads to:

  • An understanding of where people’s beliefs come from
  • An understanding of why people view the world differently
  • An examination of the fundamental questions of life
  • The weighing up of different beliefs, opinions, and experiences
  • The working out of our own views about how to live our lives
  • The ability to relate the beliefs, values, and experiences of others to our own experience of life

 We follow the Bedfordshire Agreed Syllabus (2018-2023).

 Where possible in the curriculum, visits and visitors enhance the learning experience for our pupils.

 Year 5

 RE in Year 5 is linked (as much as possible) to the Creative Curriculum. Further details can be found on our Year 5 Creative Curriculum page.

Three main topics covered:

  • What Matters most to Humanists and Christians? (Linked to Kensuke’s Kingdon)
     - This will include a visit to the Hockliffe Baptist Church
     - A Christingle Service will be held in the Autumn term
  •  Living as a Hindu in the 21st century (Linked to Animal Antics)
  •  Justice and Poverty – why does faith make a difference? (Linked to The Victorians)

Year 6

 Year 6 will study 5 shorter units:

  • How is faith expressed in Buddhism? (Lnked the Zhang Qian)
  • How and why do some people inspire others?
  • What do Christians believe Jesus did to ‘save’ people?
  •  How does faith enable resilience?
  •  Why do some people believe in God and some people not?