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Cotmanhay Junior School

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Y4 Term 5 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

What is the best way for a Buddhist to lead a good life?


Overall and Lesson Objectives

To understand how the Buddha’s teachings make a difference to how Buddhists choose to live.

  1. Engagement – Understand what influences us to make the choices we do.
  2. Investigation – To know how the 8-fold path helps people to lead good lives and make the world a better place.
  3. Evaluation – Evaluate the 8-fold path and the Buddha’s teaching.
  4. Expression – Express what good choices we as individuals want people to follow and why they would make the world a better place.


What we want children to know

  • What influences the choices we make.
  • How the Eightfold path helps people to lead good lives.
  • What the Buddha’s teachings are.
  • How our choices can have an impact on the world around us.


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, Buddha, choice, consequences