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Cotmanhay Junior School

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Y4 Term 2 Christianity

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

What is the most significant part of the Nativity story for Christians today?


Overall and Lesson Objectives

To learn to understand symbolism in the Christmas story and to think about what the different parts mean to Christians today.

  1. Engagement – Understand what a symbol is and to create our own.
  2. Investigation – Learn the Christmas story and investigate the symbols that signify the meaning of Christmas for Christians. 
  3. Evaluation – Evaluate what is the most significant part of the Christmas story for Christians today.
  4. Expression – Express what Christmas means to us and what the significance of Christingle is.


What we want children to know

  • That a symbol is a picture that represents something.
  • The Christmas story and the significant symbols within it.
  • The most significant part of the Christmas story for Christians.
  • Is our meaning of Christmas the same as a Christians?


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



Christingle, frankincense, incarnation, myrrh, Nativity story, symbol