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This half-term will be focusing on Understanding Christianity - What would Jesus do?


Week 1

LI:To discuss the meaning behind the Wise and Foolish Builders parable


Prepare for learning:

Answer the following questions:

What would you choose? Truth or lies? Kindness or mocking? Generosity or greed? What would Taylor Swift choose? Cristiano Ronaldo choose? Jesus choose? Why do you think this?


Look at the ‘What Would Jesus Do’ web-site:


Explain we will be thinking about what Jesus should do and what he did do in different scenarios. Explain that Jesus said that the best two Commandments are: to love God and love thy neighbour.


Listen to the song Wise Man Built his house upon the rock and the foolish man built his house upon the sand: What is the message behind this song?


Watch the video:



Read the parable: Foundations for Living: The Wise and Foolish Builders, Matthew 7:24–27. What do you think the story is about and why. What did the wise and foolish builders learn? If it is not a manual for builders, why did Jesus tell this story? Jesus is clear that his words give foundations for living — and without them, people will get swept away. You could record your answers in speech bubbles.



Children to make a bible stand using wooden sticks/straws/paper. Then test the foundations of the stand in clay and sand. Which was a better foundation? Why?




Spring 1

This term you will be learning about Hinduism.

Your big question is: How do questions about Brahman and Atman influence the way a Hindu lives?


Week 1

Read or listen to a copy of Michael Morpurgo's fable: 'The Magpie and The Bull.

The Bull was called Shambo. What dilemma did the bull create for his owners?

Listen to a monk at Skanda Vale explaining all about Shambo.


Task: Explain the Shambo dilemma and explain why the monks wanted to keep Shambo alive. 

Deepening question: How does keeping Shambo alive link to Hindu's beliefs about Brahman? 


What would you have done with Shambo?

Week 2


LI: Hindus beliefs about God.


Watch the story of The Blind Men and the Elephant:

Why do their views differ?

How does this help show Hindus beliefs about God?


What do the following words mean?



What are different religions beliefs about God?

What are Hindus beliefs about God?


Watch the videos from  Hinduism: My Life, My Religion: Diwali and The Cycle of Birth and Rebirth


Complete this sentence: Hindus are: _____-eist because Vraj and Simran said …


Mind-map Hindus beliefs about God.



How is this different to other religions’ beliefs about God?

Week 3

LI:Hindus beliefs about Brahman in narrative

Play ‘Colours of the wind’ song from Pocahontas.

What lesson do you think Pocahontas is trying to teach John Smith?

Use the attached lyrics to help you out.


Look at the attached stories of Svetaketu.

What lessons do children learn about Brahman?


Challenge: create a picture only using the word Brahman e.g. a picture of a tree from roots to branches OR to fill an outline of an animal OR from one of the items from the Svetaketu stories.


Wow: How would you treat other people/animals/objects if you thought God was in everything?

Week 4


LI: To explore Hindu gods

What different Hindu gods to you know?


Watch the following videos that look at different Hindu gods and make notes:  





Research a Hindu deity (god) and write a paragraph about it.



Explain how this god links to Brahman.

Week 5

LI: To understand how Brahman and Atman affect how Hindus live

Watch for this respectful form of greeting in a short film: Sanjay’s Super Team.

Sanjay's Super Team - YouTube


In this film, Sanjay is pulled away from his computer game to join his father at the shrine. Where did you see hands in the Namaste greeting?

Namaste is actually a simple form of bowing. Who might people bow to in this country? Why? Why do Sanjay and his father fold their hands in front of their shrine? Why are the deities standing with folded hands too? As a greeting, namaste is also used between people because Hindus believe that there is a divine spark within every living thing, especially within every human: the Atman.


Watch this video about Atman.

The Hindu Belief System Dharma, Karma, and Moksha - YouTube


Read this information about Brahman and Atman.

Brahman - Death, afterlife, Brahman and atman - GCSE Religious Studies Revision - WJEC - BBC Bitesize



How does Hindus' beliefs about Brahman and Atman affect the way they live? 

Answer the following questions:

  • Why are Hindus vegetarian?
  • What do they show respect to others?
  • Why do they show respect to others?
  • Why do they serve other people?
  • Why don't they use violence?



Which of these Hindu beliefs would cause a problem in Britain today?

Week 6


LI: How do questions about Brahman and Atman influence the way a Hindu lives?


Look back at the last 5 weeks of learning about Hinduism. What have we learnt about Hindus beliefs about God? In today's lesson we will be assessing your understanding of Hindus beliefs about Brahman and Atman and how this affects the way Hindus live.



How do questions about Brahman and Atman influence the way a Hindu lives? Record your answers in a poster format referring to Hindus beliefs about Brahman and Atman.



How do different people's views on God influence them?



How well do you understand Brahman and Atman? Give yourself a red/amber/green rating with red meaning not at all and green meaning a lot.