Year 3 and 4 How do people show a commitment to a faith? ATT 1: Learning about religion and belief What happens in faith commitment ceremonies? Engage (Week 1) What does it mean to make a commitment? What commitments do we make? ATT 2: Learning from religion and belief What does commitment mean to me and what commitments have I made? Choose a whole class reward/fun activity that your class would enjoy/ you’re happy with. Set a challenge in which the class will need to work together to achieve the goal. It should be something which will require them to persevere. Ask the children if they would like ‘the reward’ and say they can have it if they complete the challenge. T- Would you like the reward? Well you can if you complete the challenge. It will need all of you to be committed to achieving the goal and gaining the reward. Possible challenge: to build a lego/similar model following instructions. Both the parts of the model and the instructions will be split up and spread out so each child holds a part of the ‘puzzle’ and they must work together to complete it. After the challenge, start a class discussion about what commitment means. T - So, thinking about the challenge, what does commitment mean? Brainstorm the ideas to keep as a reminder. Overcoming difficulties Keep going Working together T - What sort of things are you committed to? Sport, dancing, clubs (brownies/cubs), family, friends, schoolwork. What things do you have to do to show you are committed? Make promises Practice in your own time Turn up to practice/lessons Avoid temptation to not keep it a priority (eg. miss an important session because your mates invited to hang out) Introduce the key question: How do people show a commitment to a faith? Enquire Re-introduce the key question by showing the class brainstorm on the meaning of commitment. (Week 2) T – do any of you know a way in which a person shows commitment to a faith/religion? If not, do you think there might be any similarities to the way you show commitment to your clubs etc (brownie/cub ceremonies). Develop questions with the children that will help them answer the key question. Explore ( End of week 2 and weeks 3 & 4) Investigate religious commitment ceremonies: Introduce the three focus religious ceremonies; Amrit, Bar Mitzvah, Confirmation. What would we like to find out about these ceremonies? Who takes part in the ceremony What happens? Why do they do it that way? Are promises made? Does it change the person? Do they have to wear anything special? Use internet and books to investigate what happens in each ceremony. You may find it easier to dedicate sessions to a certain ceremony eg. Today we will investigate – Amrit. It might help focus the research if pupils are given a template research sheet to fill in. Online sources: Bar Mitzvah (Judaism) Amrit (Sikhism) Confirmation (Christianity) Evaluate (Week 5) Responding to, analysing and evaluating what they have learned – have we answered our Refer back to the enquiry stage. Have we answered our questions? As a class, discuss what we have learnt about the ceremonies. This could be done through basic Q & A. Refer back to the classes ideas from lesson 2 about what commitment means (Overcoming difficulties, Keep going, Working together) Create a large table (on sugar paper?) with two columns. One headed similarities and the other differences. As a class, discuss what the ceremonies have in common and fill in the column appropriately. Now do the same for the differences. questions? REFLECT: Children to think of a club or similar (could be Homefield community or their own family) that they are part of and what responsibilities they have to that club. Children could write one ‘promise’ that they would like to keep as part of their commitment to that group. Express The final task is introduced. (Week 5 &6) Expressing knowledge and understanding – children answer the key question Give the children an imaginary set of beliefs (for possible ideas see below). In a small group, children create their own ‘commitment ceremony ’ for people who follow the imaginary set of beliefs. They should have some reasoning behind what they choose to include and how it links to the beliefs. Create a poster for the school to promote being committed to aiming high. The poster could include a catchphrase and should highlight some of the meaning of commitment and how it can be shown. Assessment - Using the level descriptors below, level each child using a best fit method over the whole of this unit. Level 2 Level 3 Level 4 The following level descriptors are covered within this unit if work: The following level descriptors are covered within this unit if work: The following level descriptors are covered within this unit if work: Use religious words and phrases to identify some aspects of religion and say why they are important to their followers. Talk about things that some religious people have in common and things that are different. Talk about what some religious words or symbols mean. Give a simple reason to say why they have a particular belief. Talk about the questions a story from a religion or worldview might make them ask. Talk about what is important to them and others with respect for their feelings. Describe simply what a believer might learn from religious stories, practices and worldviews. Describe simply some things that are the same and different for people who follow religions and worldviews. Use some words and symbols from religions and beliefs appropriately and independently. Give a reason to say why their affect their lives and compare with other people’s experience. Ask questions about religion and belief and explore different answers to them. Identify similarities and differences about things that influence them and others. Describe the impact of religion and belief on peoples’ lives. Through their own lines of enquiry, describe and compare what it is like to belong to different religious groups and worldviews. Use words and symbols from religions and beliefs correctly when providing descriptions and explanations. Use more than one reason to support their view and begin to make use of principles to support their view about religion or belief. Provide and be open to a simple challenge to their own views. Ask questions about the meaning of life, and moral decisions and suggest answers which take into account the views of religious believers and those who hold a worldview. Give reasons why some people inspire or influence them or others.