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Cotmanhay Junior School

Safe, Happy Learning

Y4 Term 1 Buddhism

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

Is it possible for everyone to be happy?


Overall and Lesson Objectives

  1. Engagement – Understand what makes people happy and what events within the world could affect people’s happiness.
  2. Investigation – Listen to the ‘Story of the Buddha’ and understand the message of the story. 
  3. Evaluation – Evaluate whether it is possible for everyone to be happy.
  4. Expression – Express what makes us happy and whether this is the same for everyone.


What we want children to know

  • What happiness means to us.
  • The Story of the Buddha and its message.
  • Why everyone’s happiness is different.
  • How we can help people to be happy.


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.



8-fold path, Bodhi tree, Buddha, Buddhism, Gautama Yasodhara, Price Siddhattha