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Spring 2:

Our RE learning this term focuses on the worldview of Christianity and each year group will answer an enquiry question based on the festival of Easter. 

Year 3:

This enquiry of 'What is good about Good Friday?' considers the Christian concepts of Salvation (the belief that Jesus' death and resurrection saved humans and opened the way back to God) and the Gospels, where we find the story of Holy Week (the events leading up to Jesus' death and resurrection starting with Palm Sunday and finishing on Easter Sunday).  Pupils will learn that Gospel means 'good news' as Christians believe Jesus' incarnation (God becoming man) is good news for all people.  Pupils will develop their understanding that Good Friday is the day when Christians commemorate the death of Jesus on the cross. They will learn the night before he died,  Jesus ate a "Last Supper" with his closest friends (the 12 disciples) where he broke and shared bread and passed a cup of wine, which is remembered in the Christian rite of holy communion.

In this unit, pupils will learn that many Christians believe it was God's plan that Jesus was to suffer death in this way to show that people can be forgiven and have a fresh start; Jesus forgave the people who were at his crucifixion. The main teaching point is that Christians believe his death on Good Friday was necessary to bring forth the ressurection on Easter Sunday.  Although Jesus prayed for the role to be taken from him, he willingly followed God's will to fulfil his role and this topic highlights that God loved mankind.

Year 4:

This enquiry of 'Is forgiveness always possible for Christians?' investigates how Jesus' life, death and resurrection impacts on a Christian's understanding of forgiveness. Bible references enable children to investigate a broad range of reference to forgiveness within the Gospels (the books of the Bible attributed to 4 of Jesus' special friends about his life). There are examples of when Jesus told stories to demonstrate forgiveness and when he demonstrated it himself by his example.  Stories and events covered are:

  • Loving your enemies;
  • Forgiving 70 x 7 times;
  • Not being angry;
  • Not taking revenge;
  • The Lord's prayer;
  • The unforgiving servant;
  • Jesus forgiving the crowds and the soldiers at the cross;
  • Jesus forgiving the thief who was crucified with him;
  • Recap of Jesus forgiving Peter for denying him.

In this unit, children learn the Christian concept of salvation as Jesus' death and resurrection opened up the way back to God and restored humanity's relationship with him. Pupils are made aware of "The Lord's Prayer", which Jesus taught to his disciples when some of them asked him how they should pray. This explictly focuses on the theme of forgiveness, impyling that God expects Christians to practice forgiveness towards all others.

Year 5:

Throughout this enquiry of 'How significant is it for Christians to believe God intended Jesus to die?' pupils look at the events of Holy Week (the week leading up to the death and resurrection of Jesus) to investigate the cause and effects of these events. The investigation will show that even from a human perspective, Jesus could have forseen his likely fate:

  • Faced constant opposition from the Pharisees and scribes (Mark 3:22-27);
  • Said he was a blasphemer (Mark 2:7);
  • False prophet (Mark 14:65);
  • Sabbath breaker (Mark 2:23-28, 3:1-6, Luke 13:10-17, 14:1-6: John 5;1-18, 7:19-24).

Pupils will come to the conclusion it was evident that they probably wished to get rid of him and Jesus knew that entering Jerusalem as he did and clearing the temple would have been viewed as a dangerous provaction by the temple authorities. 

In this unit, pupils may also question why Jesus didn't use the crowds who had supported him on Palm Sunday to protect him later in the week. The main teaching point is that Christians believed this was because he knew he had come into the world to die to bring the salvation of humans. 

Year 6:

This enquiry of 'Is Christianity still a strong religion 2000 years after Jesus was on Earth?' draws on all previous learning about the concepts of Christianity and reflects on their meaning and impact in the world today. There are three main aspects:

Mother's Day: Children will learn that Mothering Sunday began as an explicitly religious event of the 16th Century, with no conncetion to mothers at all. They will learn the word 'mothering' referred to the 'mother church' which is the main church or cathedral of the region. This links with Christianity as on the fourth Sunday of Lent, people would return to their mother church for a special service and this pilgramage became a holiday event.

Harvest: Children will draw on their own experiences of Harvest Festival to recognise the importance of items being brought to church are given to less fortunate people after the service and Christians giving thanks to God for the food and crops.

Fish Symbol: Children will learn that unlike the cross, this symbol attracted little suspicion and was perfect for persecuted believers. This symbol was used by Christians to mark meeting places and tombs, or distinguish friends from foes when Romans threatened Christians in the first centuries after Christ.