Year 1 Content

Religious  Education

What does it mean to belong?

At the end of this unit, most children should:

  • Recall facts about faith communities
  • Identify artefacts belonging to different faith communities
  • Explain something that children would learn from their faith community
  • Explain what happens during a welcoming ceremony and why
  • Identify similarities and differences in the way that people from different faith communities might dress and why
  • Talk about their own ideas of friendship and belonging
  • Consider their role within the school community

 

Why is the Bible an important book for Christians?

At the end of this unit most children should:-

  • Know that the Bible is made up of the Old and New Testament
  • Identify some of the people who are in the Bible
  • Recall events from a Bible story
  • Retell stories from the Bible and talk about why they might be important for Christians
  • Bring in their own special or favourite book and talk about why it is special to them
  • Talk about elements of the Bible that are puzzling e.g. miracles
  • Discuss why a story might be important for Christians

 

What makes a church different from other buildings?

At the end of this unit, most children should:-

  • Identify one or more external features of a local church, e.g. steeple, cross
  • Name the church as a special place for Christians
  • Name the key interior features of a church and talk about what they are used for
  • Recognise some symbols within a church and know what they mean
  • Show by their behaviour respect for other people and places of worship
  • Reflect on how it feels to be inside a church building
  • Explain how symbols are used in everyday life
  • Discuss why it is important to show respect in a place of worship

 

Why is Christmas important to Christians?

At the end of this unit, most children should:-

  • Recall that the Bible contains the story of Jesus’ birth
  • Name the different people in the Christmas story, talk about what they did and how they might have felt
  • Retell the main events of the Christmas story using religious vocabulary and know that it is an important time for Christians
  • Suggests meaning for symbols within the Christmas story
  • Share experiences of celebrations
  • Reflect on the emotions associated with the celebration

 

Why should we look after our World?

At the end of this unit, most children should:-

  • Recall elements of the creation story
  • Retell the creation story
  • Suggest why they think Christians, Muslims and Jews believe that they should care for the World
  • Talk about ways to care for the local environment
  • Respond to the World with a sense of wonder and appreciation
  • Realise that some questions about creation are difficult to answer
  • Suggest why and how they should demonstrate care for their environment

 

Who were Jesus’ friends?

At the end of this unit, most children should:-

  • Talk about their friends and why they chose them
  • Recall elements of a story about someone Jesus met
  • Retell stories about people who met Jesus
  • Explain what a miracle is
  • Relate how people were changed by meeting Jesus
  • Suggest why Jesus chose different people to be his friends

 

 

What do eggs have to do with Easter?

At the end of this unit, most children should:-

  • Recall aspects of the Easter Story
  • Identify places in the Bible story that relate to Easter symbols
  • Suggest meanings for some Easter symbols
  • Suggest why Easter is important to Christians
  • Explore some common signs and symbols
  • Recognise signs of new life in nature
  • Identify that eggs are a symbol of new life and suggest why

 

Why do Jewish families celebrate Hanukkah?

At the end of this unit, most children should:-

  • Recall events from the Hanukkah story
  • Retell the story of the miracle of the oil and suggest what it might mean
  • Recognise that questions about the miracle of the oil are difficult to answer
  • Describe some of the traditions linked to Hanukkah and explain their symbolism
  • Talk about things that are important to them e.g. how they feel when they celebrate
  • Suggest how a Jewish child might feel when they celebrate Hanukkah

 

What is the Torah and why is it important?

At the end of this unit, most children should:-

  • Recall facts about the Torah or synagogue
  • Identify some of the things Jews learn from the Torah
  • Identify possible meanings for the Ten Commandments
  • Suggest why light is used to symbolise God’s presence in the synagogue
  • Identify books that are of value to them and why
  • Talk about different places where they go to learn and what they learn there
  • Explain what it means to treat something with respect and suggest why the Torah is valued by Jews

 

Why do Jewish families celebrate Shabbat?

At the end of this unit, most children should:-

  • Recall facts about Shabbat
  • Identify key symbols of Shabbat meal and suggest what they mean
  • Suggest what makes Shabbat a special family time
  • Compare Shabbat with special days celebrated by other faiths
  • Talk about when families have special times together or times when they rest
  • Identify why rest is important
  • Talk about how they learn from their families

 

What is prayer?

At the end of this unit, most children should:-

  • Use some religious words (e.g. God, prayer) when talking
  • Begin to show awareness of similarities and differences in the way people pray
  • Suggest meanings for religious language and expression
  • Explain why someone might pray
  • Express their own thoughts and ideas about prayer
  • Respond sensitively to the views of others and give reasons why prayer might be important to someone
  • Recognise that some questions about prayer are difficult to answer