BRINGING BIG IDEAS TO LIFE: MEDIUM TERM PLANNING
The bridge between the Big Idea and the substantive knowledge is the topic-related question.
Schools should interpret the following ‘pupils know and understand’ sections in relation to the religions / worldviews they have chosen to teach for this age-group. These decisions will reflect the national legal requirement and any local or denominational requirements.
Topic-related Questions and Learning Objectives for Ages 7-11
BI 2: WORDS AND BEYOND: AGE-RELATED BIG IDEA FOR AGES 7-11
People often express their feelings and beliefs through art, music, poetry, story, drama and physical movement – both creating and observing/performing. These creative forms of expression also play important roles in most religions and cultures.
|Topic-related question||Pupils know and understand that:|
|1. How do people express their deepest experiences and beliefs?||i. self-expression through the arts is a shared human experience among all human beings, religious or not|
ii. feelings, beliefs and values can be expressed in a variety of literary and artistic forms
iii. there is a variety of ways in which such forms can be interpreted.
|2. How can music, story, poetry and art express feelings, beliefs and values?||i. story, lyrics and poetry can be used to affect how we feel through devices such as parable, metaphor and analogy|
ii. music can be used to affect how we feel, describe things and to create effect through devices such as tempi, instrumentation, voice, key, style, mood and genre
iii. feelings, beliefs and values can be expressed and experienced through the elements of art, such as colour, balance, emphasis and pattern.
|3. How do religions / worldviews contribute to the arts?||i. most religions and some worldviews have a long tradition of communicating their beliefs through story, poetry and other texts, music, song, dance and drama that people can either listen to or join in|
ii. different groups within the same religion / worldview can promote different styles of creative expression.
|4. How are various forms of literary expression in religious and other worldviews interpreted differently?||i. there are different types of religious stories, scriptures and texts, including accounts of events, parables, poetry, allegorical story and proverbs|
ii. many people believe that such writings are divinely inspired but that there are different interpretations and ways of understanding them.
EXEMPLAR(S) OF THIS MEDIUM TERM PLAN
Ages 9–11 EXEMPLAR 1: Resilience and Wisdom
Can I express my deepest feelings and beliefs through someone else’s creative art form?