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Religious Education

We may have different religions, different languages, different coloured skin, but we all belong to one human race. We all share the same basic values.   

Kofi Annan

At the Rydal Academy, we aim to offer children a broad RE curriculum which provides opportunities for children to acquire and develop their knowledge and understanding of Christianity and the other principal key religions in the local community and the UK: Hinduism, Islam, Sikhism, Judaism and Buddhism.

This knowledge will help children to develop an in-depth understanding of the influence of beliefs, values and traditions on individuals, communities, societies and cultures.

Children will be encouraged to ask questions about the world and to reflect on their own beliefs, values and experiences. They will make reasoned and informed judgements about religious and moral issues, with reference to the teachings of each religion.

We believe that our curriculum encourages empathy for different religious beliefs and values, and enables children to develop their own ideas and identities. This will, in time help them to become well informed human beings that can live together  peacefully with others and contribute to society respectfully.

Year 1 and Year 2

Please use the ineractive Learning Journey to find out about Religious Education. A downloadable version is located in the documents section.

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Homework - Autumn 1 (Y1)

Keep a kindness diary- write or draw times when you were kind, or someone was kind to you. Draw or write about ways you can care for the environment at school and at home e.g. switching off lights, recycling etc.

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Homework - Autumn 2 (Y1)

Draw a picture of the best present you have ever received. What was the present? Who gave it to you? Why was it so special?

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Homework - Spring 1 (Y1)

Make a friendship paper doll chain- colour in your friends and write their names. Can you explain to an adult why they are special to you? What special qualities do they have?
How to make a paper doll chain - watch the YouTube video for help.

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Homework - Spring 2 (Y1)

Watch the YouTube video to find out how Easter is celebrated around the world. Write, draw or stick what you find out.

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Homework - Summer 1 (Y1)

Choose one of the rituals we have learnt about. Design an invitation to encourage a friend to come along to the ritual. Make sure you include: the name of the ritual; where it will take place; the special meaning of the ritual; details or pictures that will encourage people to take part.

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Homework - Summer 2 (Y1)

Can you find out about a different place of worship? What happens at a mosque? Watch the BBC video clip to see how Muslims prepare for prayer.

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Homework - Autumn 1 (Y2)

Find out about an organisation which helps to protect and look after nature e.g. a group or charity that protects and looks after animals, plants and trees, places or the environment. What is their motto or slogan? What do they protect and look after? e.g. RSPCA, Keep Britain Tidy, The Wildlife Trusts
Click the web site link to read a book all about Harvest.

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Homework - Autumn 2 (Y2)

Take photos of three things which remind you of or represent light and three things which remind you of or represent the dark.

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Homework - Spring 1 (Y2)

Make a list of some of the rules and routines that you have at home e.g. Rule- Always tidy up where you have been playing or working. Routine- I always clean my teeth before I get dressed.

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Homework - Spring 2 (Y2)

Find out what happens at a Christian wedding ceremony. Complete some of the interactive activities on the Topmarks website.

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Homework - Summer 1 (Y2)

Make a collage or poster to show all the different feelings that people might experience at a ceremony? Draw the ceremonies you know and write the feelings on your picture/collage.

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Homework - Summer 2 (Y2)

Can you remember all the different parts of a church? View the web site and click on the different parts to see if you were right.

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Caring for others-How do we show care and kindness for other’s?

Children will learn about kindness and the importance of caring for others, by exploring the values of different religions, including reading stories from different faiths and learning about different religious festivals and practices.

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Gifts and Giving –Why is Christmas/Eid-al-Fitr important to Christians/Muslims?

Children will learn about why giving is important in relation to the Christian celebration of Christmas and the Islamic festival Eid-al-Fitr. They will explore the importance of gifts and giving in both celebrations.

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Friendship-How can we be a good friend to others?

Children will learn about what it means to be a good friend. They will explore stories of friendship from different religions and reflect on how the characters in the stories show their friendship.

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Easter and Surprises - Why is Easter an important time for Christians?

Children will learn about Easter and why it is such an important time for Christians. They will explore the concept of surprises and relate this to the Easter story and the resurrection of Jesus.

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Religion and Rituals-What are rituals? How are they different to our daily routines?

Children will learn about what rituals are and how they differ to routines. They will explore the rituals associated with prayer for Muslims, worship for Hindus and Holy Communion for Christians.

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Places of worship-What is a place of worship?

Children will learn about what a place of worship is, before exploring key features of a Jewish synagogue, Hindu mandir and Christian church.
TRIP: Local church

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Nature of God-How is nature and the environment important within religions?

Children will learn about the importance of nature to religions. They will learn about the Christian Creation story as well as the importance of harvest to Christians and Jews by learning about harvest festivals and Sukkot. They will listen to stories from Buddhism and Islam which highlight the importance of looking after nature and the environment.

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Light and Dark-Why is light important?

Children will learn about the importance of light in Christianity, Hinduism and Judaism through learning about Advent, Christmas, Diwali and Hanukkah.

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Rules and Routines-Why do we have rules and routines? How do they help us in our everyday lives?

Children will learn about why we have rules and routines and how they help us in our everyday lives. They will look at rules and routines from the viewpoint of Christianity, Judaism, Islam and Sikhism.

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Beginnings and Endings-How are beginnings and endings marked in special ways?

Children will learn how beginnings and endings are marked in special ways in different religions and their own lives. They will explore the Christian story of Easter and make links with the idea of new life.

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Ceremonies-What is a ceremony?

Children will learn about what a ceremony is by finding out about what happens at a Muslim Aqiqah, a Jewish Bar/ Bat Mitzvah, a Sikh Dastar Bandi and a Hindu wedding.

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Places of Worship –What happens in a place of worship?

Children will learn about the key features of a Jewish synagogue, Hindu mandir and Christian church. They will consider the importance of places of worship to religious believers and communities.
TRIP: Sikh Gurdwara

Year 3 and Year 4

Please use the ineractive Learning Journey to find out about Religious Education. A downloadable version is located in the documents section.

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Homework - Autumn 1 (Y3)

Make a Rangoli pattern outside using chalks or coloured rice and sand.
Can you complete a jigsaw of a Hindu god/goddess? Click the web site link. You can make the jigsaw harder by changing the number of pieces. Can you find out about the god/goddess you have chosen? What do they represent? e.g. Ganesh. Watch the BBC video clip.

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Homework - Autumn 2 (Y3)

Listen to some Christmas carols about the Nativity story. Can you perform them with some of your friends? Watch the YouTube video clips.

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Homework - Spring 1 (Y3)

Watch the video clip- Friday prayers at the mosque. Design a Muslim prayer mat. Remember to include key Muslim symbols and buildings as well as things that are special to you. Muslims use a lot of geometrical patterns so you can include patterns on your mat too.

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Homework - Spring 2 (Y3)

Use your knowledge of the Easter story to create a quiz for friends or family. Try to create between 5 and 10 questions for them to answer. Don’t forget to create an answer sheet to go with the quiz! You can create your quiz on a computer or on paper. It can even include pictures to help solve the questions.

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Homework - Summer 1 (Y3)

Watch the YouTube video. Visiting a Sikh Gurdwara
Create a poster which contains information about how to show respect when visiting a Gurdwara.

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Homework - Summer 2 (Y3)

Make a model synagogue using a shoe box. Remember to have separate seats for men and women. Can you include the Ark, a Torah, a Yad, Tallit and the Bimah?
Complete the Judaism quiz on the BBC Bitesize web site.

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Homework - Autumn 1 (Y4)

Create a Buddhism jigsaw. Draw a picture of a key Buddhist symbol e.g. a lotus flower, conch shell, the wheel of life. Cut out pieces of the design to make your own jigsaw. The more pieces you cut, the trickier it will be! Can you describe your symbol to a grown-up? Why is your symbol important for Buddhists?

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Homework - Autumn 2 (Y4)

Create a People of Faith Fact File-You can select a person of your own choice or choose a person you have learnt about. Remember to include their name, date of birth, place of birth and faith. What was the most important event in this person’s life? How did this person’s belief/faith influence them?

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Homework - Spring 1 (Y4)

Watch the YouTube video clip about the life of St Cuthbert.
You can find out more about Christianity on the BBC Bitesize website. Can you complete the Christianity quiz?

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Homework - Spring 2 (Y4)

Choose a religious festival e.g. Hanukkah, Eid, Easter or Diwali. Research the festival and the kinds of food that might be eaten at a celebratory meal. Plan a meal to be enjoyed during, or at the end of, the festival you have chosen. Be careful to choose foods the religious believers celebrating would be able to eat freely.

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Homework - Summer 1 (Y4)

Think of a special journey you and your family went on. Who went on the journey? What did you do and see when you got to your location? Where did you go? How did you get there? How long did it take to get there?

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Homework - Summer 2 (Y4)

Many Christians keep their Bible in a special case or cover. These come in all materials and colours and people often choose one that reflects their own personality and tastes. Design a special cover you would use to cover a Bible or another book that is sacred to you. Choose colours, patterns and images that reflect you.
Watch the BBC video and listen to a story from the Bible. Zacchaeus meets Jesus, the parable of The Lost Son.

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Hinduism- What is it like to be a Hindu?

Children will learn about the origins of Hinduism, core beliefs, festivals and special places. They will explore the different holy books, identify key Hindu symbols and their meanings.

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The Nativity- What is the most important part of the story for Christians today?

Children will find out how the Nativity story began, the journey undertaken, where Jesus was born and why, the visitors who came after the birth and how baby Jesus' life was at risk. They will decide what they feel is the most significant part of the story for Christians today.

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Islam- What is it like to be a Muslim?

Children will learn about the origins of Islam, core beliefs, festivals and special places. They will explore the different holy books, identify key Muslim symbols and their meanings.
TRIP: Visit to a mosque

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Good Friday-What is good about Good Friday?

Children will focus on the good within the Easter story by looking at the words of Jesus and the actions of people. They will learn about the hope new life brings within the Easter story.

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Sikhism- What is it like to be a Sikh?

Children will learn about the origins of Sikhism, core beliefs, festivals and special places. They will explore the different holy books, identify key Sikh symbols and their meanings.

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Judaism –What is it like to be a Jew?

Children will learn about the origins of Judaism, core beliefs, festivals and special places. They will explore the different holy books, identify key Jewish symbols and their meanings.

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Buddhism-What is it like to be a Buddhist?

Children will learn about the origins of Buddhism, core beliefs, festivals and special places. They will explore the different holy books, identify key Buddhist symbols and their meanings.

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People of Faith-How do beliefs and faith have an impact on people’s lives?

Children will learn about the lives of people of faith from different religions: Malala Yousafzai, The Dalai Lama, Rabbi Jonathan Sacks, Fauja Singh and Bear Grylls. They will identity key events in their lives, how their faith and beliefs have influenced them to overcome challenging circumstances, and how it has inspired their lives and work.

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Christianity -What is it like to be a Christian?

Children will learn about the origins of Christianity, core beliefs, festivals and special places. They will explore the Bible, identify key Christian symbols and their meanings.
TRIP: St. Cuthbert’s Church

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Food and Fasting –What role does food play within religions?

Children will explore the role food plays within religions. They will discuss how food is used in everyday life, before looking at examples of its use within specific religions: Kosher food rules within Judaism, abstaining from food for Lent and fasting during Ramadan.

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Pilgrimages –Why do millions travel to sacred places?

Children will learn about what a pilgrimage is for both secular and religious people. They will find out about specific pilgrimages such as the Hajj.

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The Bible-How is the Bible important for Christians today?

Children will learn about the origins of the Bible, its role as a sacred religious text and how it is used by Christians around the world today. They will consider the authorship of the Bible and learn about the different text types used in the Bible.

Year 5 and Year 6

Please use the ineractive Learning Journey to find out about Religious Education. A downloadable version is located in the documents section.

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Homework - Autumn 1 (Y5)

Think about a piece of music that is means something special to you. It may be a song that you heard at a special time or one where the words have meaning for you. When did you first hear this piece of music? How does this piece of music make you feel? Why? What do you particularly like about the piece of music? Can you design a new cover for your piece of music and write some words around it to show why it is special to you and how it makes you feel?

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Homework - Autumn 2 (Y5)

Write your own Christmas carol. You can use the tune of a carol you know or create your own tune. Your carol needs to reflect the true meaning of Christmas.
Christmas Data-Survey at least ten other people to find out what Christmas means to them. Say to them, ‘Tell me two words which you feel explain the True Meaning of Christmas’. Make a list of the words given and complete a tally chart for all the words. You could even turn your data into a bar chart!

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Homework - Spring 1 (Y5)

Create a poem about peace within religions. You can choose the style in which to complete your poem e.g. Acrostic, Shape, Haiku, Narrative, Alphabet poem etc
Choose a modern person who is associated with peace. Research this person and create a presentation all about them to share with the class. This presentation can be completed on posters or on a computer. Remember to make your presentation bold and clear.

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Homework - Spring 2 (Y5)

Imagine that an author has recently written a book called ‘Forgiveness’.
The book tells the reader about what forgiveness means and gives information about forgiveness in different religions. It also includes stories about people in real life who have forgiven others.
Can you design an eye-catching cover for this book, drawing on your learning from this unit of work?

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Homework - Summer 2 (Y5)

Children will learn about the concept of commitment and sacrifice. They will examine and discuss a range of religious and non-religious commitments and sacrifices made by others, including St Cuthbert and other Northern Saints, Jewish and Christian coming-of-age ceremonies and marriage within Hinduism.

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Homework - Autumn 1 (Y6)

Watch the YouTube clips about the Christian/Jewish creation story. Watch the YouTube clip about the Hindu creation story
How are the stories similar/different? Can you record your findings in a table using words and/or pictures?

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Homework - Autumn 2 (Y6)

Investigate the different Christmas customs and traditions within either your family, or the family of someone you know. Once you have recorded all the different customs and traditions you need to make a presentation to show ‘Christmas Day in ………….’s House’. You will need to investigate where the customs and traditions came from and whether they are unique to that household or whether they are used elsewhere too. You may create your presentation on a computer or on paper.

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Homework - Spring 1 (Y6)

Can you match the Buddhist symbols to their meanings? Check the web site link. Can you draw your favourite symbol and explain why it is important for Buddhists?

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Homework - Spring 2 (Y6)

Keep a diary of the choices that you make over 24 hours. For each choice, write down:
What the choice was about.
Whether it was free will, determined or a combination of them both.
Explain your reasoning for deciding whether your choice was free will, determined or a combination of them both.

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Homework - Summer 1 (Y6)

Poverty and Justice -Is it fair that some people have more money than others? You could record your reasons in a table under the headings- It is fair because…….. It isn’t fair because…………

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Homework - Summer 2 (Y6)

Visit the web site. Can you match the Christian symbols to their meanings?
Can you incorporate a Christian symbol to design and make a badge or piece of jewellery? Why did you choose that particular symbol? Why is it an important symbol for Christians?

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Worship-What is worship? Why is it important for believers?

Children will learn about acts of worship from different faiths. They will explore what worship is, what it means for religious believers and how believers’ worship differently.

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The True Meaning of Christmas –Is the true meaning of Christmas still present today?

Children will learn about the true meaning of Christmas for Christians. They will question if the true meaning of Christmas is still present today.

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Peace-How do different religions view Peace?

Children will learn about each religion’s view of peace. They will compare and contrast the concept of peace across religions, look at symbolic people of peace and well-known symbols of peace.

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Forgiveness- What is the role of forgiveness within religions?

Children will explore what is meant by forgiveness and the role forgiveness plays in world religions. They will learn about Jewish beliefs about forgiveness, finding out more about Yom Kippur. Children will also develop an understanding of Buddhist beliefs about forgiveness, reflecting on how the Eightfold Path influences Buddhists in their approach to forgiveness.

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Jesus the Healer -Who was Jesus the healer?

Children will learn about some of the healing miracles performed by Jesus.

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Commitment -How do people of different faiths demonstrate commitment and sacrifice?

Commitment -How do people of different faiths demonstrate commitment and sacrifice?
TRIP: Durham Cathedral

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Creation Stories –How was the world created?

Children will listen to a range of Creation Stories from different religions and cultures.

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The Christmas Story-What do the gospel stories tell us about the birth of Jesus?

Children will look at The Christmas Story in depth and look at the differences and similarities in the two accounts within the Bible. The children will investigate traditions associated with celebrating Christmas both here and around the world.

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What religious communities are there in Darlington?

TRIP: To a local place of worship e.g. Buddhist Meditation Centre, Synagogue, Quaker meeting House.
Children will find out about the different faiths represented in Darlington and the ways in which they support the local community. Children will also make comparisons between the representation of different religions in Darlington, the UK and the world by analysing data.

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Crucifixion-Was Jesus’ death part of God’s plan?

Children will learn about key aspects of the Easter story and will discuss the question ‘Was Jesus’ death part of God’s plan?’ They will focus on ‘free will’ and ‘determinism’ and will reflect on these concepts in their own life.

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Justice and Freedom –How do a person’s beliefs influence their actions?

Children will listen to a range of stories, from different world religions, examining the concepts of justice and freedom. They will learn how key figures in history, such as Martin Luther King, were informed and influenced by their own religious beliefs.

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Transition to KS3 bridging unit – So what do we now know about Christianity?

Children will consolidate their learning and develop their understanding of the RE concepts in Christianity. They will be challenged to produce a piece of art to show the key ideas about Christianity: Belief, Authority, Expressions of Belief and Impact of Belief.