Lesson plans: How do people express their beliefs and identity?

First published 14th May 2013

This unit explores how religions and beliefs employ signs, symbols and the arts to express aspects of human nature. These 12 lessons are intended to provide a set of learning activities on 'the Arts in religion' for a Year 5 or 6 class. They could be used in RE lessons or as part of a creative curriculum approach.

The focus here is on expression of belief through the arts both by artists from different faith groups and through pupils own ideas. The programme of learning aims to engage pupils through activities that will promote their spiritual, moral, social and cultural development. Pupils will be encouraged to engage their imagination through communicating beliefs through the arts.

The sample scheme is designed to fit with the Awareness Mystery and Value locally agreed syllabus Key Stage 2 Unit 7: How do people express their beliefs and identity? It was written by teachers Emily Guest, Marie Harrison, Becky Quant and Sue Thompson.

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