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At Bournes Green Junior School, our Religious Education curriculum explores the big questions about life, inspiring children to discover what different people believe and what difference this makes to how they live. Children are encouraged to begin to make sense of religion, reflecting on their own ideas and ways of living and showing respect to those from different religious and cultural backgrounds to their own. In Year 3, children consider questions of different beliefs about God, different religious festivals and investigate Christianity in more depth. In Year 4, children consider why Jesus is inspiring to some people and start to make connections between the Easter story of the bible and the wider story of Christianity. They consider significant life milestones and how these are celebrated in different religions and investigate Hinduism in more depth. In Year 5, children compare the beliefs of those who believe in God with those who are agnostic or atheist. They consider questions such as why people go to places of worship if God is everywhere and investigate what it means to be a Muslim in Britain today. In Year 6, children consider what religions say to us when life gets hard, suggesting some answers about life, death, suffering and what matters most in life. They consider whether it is better to express belief in arts and architecture or charity and generosity and compare the beliefs of Christians and Humanists.  Children are introduced to subject specific vocabulary throughout their learning of RE and develop skills such as investigating, debating and making comparisons.