R&W: Upper key stage 2

Upper KS2 Religion and worldviews units exploring various religious concepts. Pupils refine their substantive, disciplinary and personal knowledge through enquiry and reflection.

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In Upper key stage 2, children enhance their knowledge of a range of worldviews. They use their understanding of the four key concepts to answer 'big questions' with greater complexity, providing opportunities to refine their enquiry skills. These opportunities are designed to prompt deeper reflection. They draw on their experiences and ideas to encourage them to reflect on their positionality, exploring their beliefs and opinions while considering diverse perspectives. To ensure progression, units should be taught in the order presented.

Year 5

Why do people have to stand up for what they believe in?

Thinking about religious freedom, children use historical and modern-day examples of people, such as Guy Fawkes, who have fought for their beliefs. They use debate and critical analysis activities to discuss controversial issues.

Why doesn't Christianity always look the same?

Thinking first as geographers and historians, children explore the spread of Christian beliefs worldwide. Through looking at artwork, history, case studies and first-hand accounts, they investigate why Christian worship looks different across the world when key beliefs are the same.

What happens when we die? (Part 1)

From Abrahamic and non-religious perspectives, children interpret different sources of wisdom and beliefs about what happens when we die and the importance of funerals.

What happens when we die? (Part 2)

Continuing to investigate concepts relating to death, children learn the meaning of reincarnation and karma and compare these ideas with those studied in part 1.

Who should get to be in charge?

This unit will be available from 1st April 2024.

Why are some places in the world significant to believers?

This unit will be available from 31st May 2024.

Year 6

Why does religion look different around the world? (Part 1)

Building on comparisons about the origins of the Abrahamic religions, children discover how some religious practices are observed. They consider how culture, tradition, migration and interpretation can affect how someone practices their religion.

Why does religion look different around the world? (Part 2)

Building on their learning from part 1, children discover the diversity within the Buddhist, Hindu and Sikh worldviews. They think about the influence culture, history, geography and tradition have on how religion looks in different places and challenge their perceptions.

Why is it better to be there in person?

Thinking back to learning about prayer and worship, children find out about significant religious and non-religious journeys and pilgrimages and why going to a particular place is so important to some people.

Why is there suffering? (Part 1)

Interpreting and exploring different sources of wisdom and beliefs about why there is suffering in the world. Children consider their own and others’ ideas using critical thinking skills.

Why is there suffering? (Part 2)

This unit will be available from 1st April 2024.

What place does religion have in our world today?

This unit will be available from 1st April 2024.

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