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Curriculum Design

at West Didsbury CE Primary School

The principal aim of religious education is to explore what people believe and what difference this makes to how they live, so that pupils can gain the knowledge, understanding and skills needed to handle questions raised by religion and belief, reflecting on their own ideas and ways of living.

As part of the Diocese of Manchester, we follow the Diocesan syllabus which was launched in 2023. The revised syllabus provides a balance between Christianity and other religions and world views. This syllabus provides opportunity for the thematic study of religious belief (through comparing beliefs on a theme) and the development of the associated skills in this area, yet it also has planned opportunity for systematic study, approaching one religious tradition at a time. It is hoped that this approach will develop a depth of knowledge, wisdom and understanding, while encouraging curiosity, reflection and exploration of the ways in which people live, enabling our pupils to recognise the value of their communities and contribute to them living well together.

Below is our seven year curriculum. The letters denote the faith being studied in depth: C - Christianity, J - Judaism. I - Islam, H - Hinduism, NR - No religion.

  Unit 1 Unit 2 Unit 3 Unit 4 Unit 5 Unit 6
Reception F4 Being special: where do we belong? F2 Why is Christmas special for Christians? F1 Why is the word ‘God’ so important to Christians? F3 Why is Easter special to Christians? F5 What places are special and why? F6 What times/stories are special and why?
Year 1 1.10 What does it mean to belong to a faith community? 1.1 What do Christians believe God is like? 1.7 Who is Jewish and how do they live? 1.7 Who is Jewish and how do they live? 1.2 Who do Christians say made the world? 1.9 How should we care for the world and for others, and why does it matter? (C, J, NR)
Year 2 1.6 Who is a Muslim and how do they live? 1.3 Why does Christmas matter to Christians? 1.6 Who is a Muslim and how do they live? Part 2.  1.5 Why does Easter matter to Christians? 1.4 What is the ‘good news’ Christians believe Jesus brings? 1.8 What makes some places sacred to believers? (C,I)
Year 3 L2.1 What do Christians learn from the Creation story?  L2.2 What is it like for someone to follow God? L2.7 What do Hindus believe God is like? L2.8 What does it mean to be Hindu in Britain today? L2.4 What kind of world did Jesus want? L2.12 How and why do people try to make the world a better place? (C, I/J, NR)
Year 4 L2.3 What is the ‘Trinity’ and why is it important for Christians? L2.10 How do festivals and family life show what matters to Jewish people? L2.9 How do festivals and worship show what matters to a Muslim? L2.5 Why do Christians call the day Jesus died ‘Good Friday’? L2.6 For Christians, when Jesus left, what was the impact of Pentecost? L2.11 How and why do people mark the significant events of life? (C, H, NR)
Year 5 U2.1 What does it mean if Christians believe God is holy and loving? U2.8 What does it mean to be a Muslim in Britain today? U2.3 Why do Christians believe Jesus was the Messiah? U2.9 Why is the Torah so important to Jewish people? U2.4 Christians and how to live: ‘What would Jesus do?’  U2.10 What matters most to Humanists and Christians? (C, I/J, NR)
Year 6 U2.7 Why do Hindus want to be good? U2.2 Creation and science: conflicting or complementary? U2.11 Why do some people believe in God and some people not? (C, NR) U2.5 What do Christians believe Jesus did to ‘save’ people? U2.6 For Christians, what kind of king is Jesus?  U2.12 How does faith help people when life gets hard?
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