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Cotmanhay Junior School

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Y3 Term 1 Hinduism

National Curriculum Content

Our local council, Derbyshire and Derby City are responsible for deciding the RE syllabus.  The Agreed Syllabus for Religious Education for 2020–2025, states the principal aim of RE is to engage pupils in systematic enquiry into significant human questions which religion and worldviews address, so that they can develop the understanding and skills needed to appreciate and appraise varied responses to these questions, as well as develop responses of their own.  


Our school uses the Discovery RE enquiry-based approach for teaching RE. 

Each curriculum area is created around an enquiry question.


Enquiry Question

Would celebrating Diwali at home and in the community bring a feeling of belonging to a Hindu Child?


Overall and Lesson Objectives

To investigate what happens during the festival of Divali and whether the celebrations bring a sense of belonging to Hindus.

  1. Engagement – Understand what it is like to work as a group to complete a challenge.

  2. Investigation – Investigate the message of the story Sita and Rama and how this influences how Hindus celebrate Divali. 

  3. Evaluation – Evaluate why Hindus celebrate Divali.

  4. Expression – Express what it is like to have a sense of belonging and identity, and to share common goals.


What we want children to know

  • How to work as part of a group to complete a challenge.

  • The story of Sita and Rama and how Hindus celebrate Divali.

  • Why Hindus celebrate Divali.

  • How a Hindu child might feel during Divali.


What skills we want children to develop

  • To understand individual liberty

  • To have mutual respect

  • To show tolerance of those of different faiths and beliefs.



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