Upper Key Stage 2
-Connecting-

Believing

Religious beliefs, teachings and sources.

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Questions about meaning, purpose and truth.

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Enquiry and response into significant human questions which religion & worldviews raise and address.

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U2.1

Why do some people believe God exists?

Explore evidence of the existence of God through Creation & Natural World.

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Focus on Christian ideas of God: names & metaphors ; Father, Son & Holy Spirit.

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Consider what impact believing in God might make on a person's life.

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Look at the life of Jesus, as recorded in the Bible, 

the miracles he performed and his resurrection.

U2.2

Can we live by the values of Jesus in the 21st century?

Examine the life & example of Jesus from the Gospels including stories he told.

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Discover how Jesus’ death on the cross links with Christian belief in love and
forgiveness.

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Explore how Jesus’ stories, teaching and examples instruct Christians in justice, fairness & how we should treat one another.

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Talk about the ‘kingdom of God’, where people live the way God wants them to.

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U2.3

What does Christianity say when life gets hard?

Express ideas about how Christian faith and the Bible help when times are hard.

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Examine the Storm on the Lake gospel account as a reflection activity to think about “the storms of life.”

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Introduce the Christian idea and belief in salvation.

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Through art, learn some key Christian concepts about heaven & life after death, and how this can bring comfort to people facing suffering or death.

Expressing

Religious and spiritual forms of expression.

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Questions about identity and diversity.

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Enquiry and response into significant human questions which religion & worldviews raise and address.

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U2.4

If God is everywhere why go to a place of worship?

Explore the value of gathering as a church. Think about Special Places and the significance of a building. What does the word 'church' actually mean?

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Begin to cement why and who Christians worship (Creation to Salvation). Reflect on different ways in which Christians worship.

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Find out about different forms of church like Fresh Expressions. Reflect on how & why Christians choose to 'meet with God.'

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Enable the creation of classroom 'sacred place/prayer space.'

U2.5

Better to express faith through arts & architecture or charity & generosity?

Learn from contemporary Christian musicians and painters how they express their faith through their work.

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Look at the example of Jesus: his generosity of time and love; and explore the difference between charity and generosity.

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Connect ways in which art and actions can reveal what people believe about the greatness and justice of God.

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Weigh the impact of art versus charity: examine examples of each and consider how the world might be without them.

Living

Religious practices and ways of living.

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Questions about values and commitments.

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Enquiry and response into significant human questions which religion & worldviews raise and address.

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U2.7

What matters most to Christians?

Christian codes for living can be summed up in Jesus’ two rules, love God and love your neighbour. Explore how Jesus expects his followers to behave through the story of the good Samaritan (Luke 10:25–37) and Jesus’ actions on the cross (Luke 23:32–35).

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Examine the journey to faith in Jesus as Saviour and how that changes people.
Look at examples and testimonies of others, including children & Christian celebrities.

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From the Sermon on the Mount (Matt 5-7) explore the code Jesus gave for living well.

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Reflect on what Christians mean when they talk about being made in the image of God
and being ‘fallen’. Are all people a mixture of good and bad?

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