Exemplar Units of Learning

On this page you will find links to exemplars of short term planning for a complete term’s work that relates to the Big Ideas for each age-group.

You can SEARCH for particular religions / worldviews or titles / content / themes in our exemplars by pressing Ctrl+F (on Windows PC, Chromebook, or Linux system), or Command+F (on a Mac) on the keyboard. Or Click here to download a pdf overview of the units prepared so far: religions / worldviews, titles, content and themes.

They were written by a team of teachers and advisers and are being tested in the classroom.

Over time we will have at least one exemplar for each Big Idea in each age group.

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Click on the links below to access and / or download the units you are interested in.

Early Years Foundation Stage
Big Ideas and the Early Learning Goals >>
Ages 5-7
BI1: CONTINUITY, CHANGE AND DIVERSITY: EXEMPLAR 1: MINI-UNIT: Precious and Holy Things
BI2: WORDS AND BEYOND: EXEMPLAR 1
BI3: A GOOD LIFE: EXEMPLAR 1: Heroes
BI4: MAKING SENSE OF LIFE’S EXPERIENCES: EXEMPLAR 1: How Do We Discover the World?
BI5: INFLUENCE AND POWER: EXEMPLAR 1
Ages 7-9
BI1: CONTINUITY, CHANGE AND DIVERSITY: EXEMPLAR 1
BI4: MAKING SENSE OF LIFE’S EXPERIENCES: EXEMPLAR 1: Why Do Some People Find Nature So Amazing?
BI6: THE BIG PICTURE: EXEMPLAR 1: The Three Gifts
Ages 9-11
BI1: CONTINUITY, CHANGE AND DIVERSITY: EXEMPLAR 1: Different paths, same journey?
BI2: WORDS AND BEYOND: EXEMPLAR 1: Resilience and Wisdom
BI3: A GOOD LIFE: EXEMPLAR 1
BI4: MAKING SENSE OF LIFE’S EXPERIENCES: EXEMPLAR 1: Encounters
Ages 11-14
BI1: CONTINUITY, CHANGE AND DIVERSITY: EXEMPLAR 1: Religion in 21st Century Britain
BI5: INFLUENCE AND POWER:
BI6: THE BIG PICTURE: EXEMPLAR 1: Grand Narratives
Exemplars: The items below indicate religions / worldviews and content / themes used so far.

Click here to download a pdf overview of the units prepared so far: religions / worldviews, titles, content and themes. These could be useful for your Knowledge Organisers!

More units will be added shortly!

Could you fill a gap or provide an alternative unit? Contact us with your idea!

AGES 5-7: BI1: CONTINUITY, CHANGE AND DIVERSITY

Download EXEMPLAR 1: MINI-UNIT: Precious and Holy Things

Featured Religions / Worldviews: Christianity, Nones, examples from other religions.

Content / Themes for Knowledge Organisers: Special places, objects and people. Lindisfarne. Saints Aidan, Aldhelm, Boniface, Nectan, Oswald, Piran.

AGES 5-7: BI1: CONTINUITY, CHANGE AND DIVERSITY

Download EXEMPLAR 2: MINI-UNIT: Religions / Worldviews in Our Neighbourhood

Featured Religions / Worldviews: Christianity, Hindu Dharma, Islam.

Content / Themes for Knowledge Organisers: Belonging, Persona Dolls, Symbols, Special Places, Sacred, Progressive Synagogue, Mosque, Mandir, Church, Holy, River Ganges, Stonehenge, Makkah, Moses, Leicester, Worship, Artefacts, Jesus, Muhammad, Guru Nanak, Krishna, Charlie and Blue, God, Baptist, Roman Catholic, Orthodox Jewish Rabbi, Female Bishop.

AGES 5-7: BI2: WORDS AND BEYOND

EXEMPLAR 1: not yet available

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AGES 5-7: BI3: A GOOD LIFE

Download EXEMPLAR 1: Heroes

Featured Religions / Worldviews: Buddhism, Islam, Christianity, Humanism.

Content / Themes for Knowledge Organisers: Role models, Captain Tom Moore, Frank Mills, Disability, Courage, Aspiration, Buddha, Siddhartha Gautama, Swan, Jesus, Muhammad, ‘Most People’, Michael Leannah, Justice, the Golden Rule, The Parable of the Unforgiving Servant, The Old Woman who threw Rubbish, Islamic Calligraphy, Bismillah.

AGES 5-7: BI4: MAKING SENSE OF LIFE'S EXPERIENCES

Download EXEMPLAR 1: How do we discover the world?

Featured Religions / Worldviews: Humanism, Judaism, Islam, Hinduism, others (depending on the backgrounds of the children themselves).

Content / Themes for Knowledge Organisers: The senses. Wonder in the ordinary things of life. Stories about how wonderful the world is. Oyfn Pripetshik, by Mark M Warshawsky. Hebrew alphabet.

AGES 5-7: BI5: INFLUENCE AND POWER

EXEMPLAR 1: not yet available

Featured Religions / Worldviews: Christianity, Paganism

Content / Themes for Knowledge Organisers: ‘Influencers’, especially in local area.

AGES 5-7: BI6: THE BIG PICTURE

Download EXEMPLAR 1: One Picture, Many Viewers

Featured Religions / Worldviews: Hindu, Dharmic

Content / Themes for Knowledge Organisers: Power & impact of story. Ganesha. Panchatantra. Six blind men and an elephant. Krishna. Mother Ganga. River Ganges. Bhagirath. Avatars.

AGES 7-9: BI1: CONTINUITY, CHANGE AND DIVERSITY

EXEMPLAR 1: not yet available

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AGES 7-9: BI2: WORDS AND BEYOND

Download EXEMPLAR 1: Papa Haydn’s Musical Creatures

Featured Religions / Worldviews: Christianity, Judaism

Content / Themes for Knowledge Organisers: Genesis. Creation. Classical music. Bible. Wonderful words. Forces of nature. Natural world. Animals. Environment. Josef Haydn. Keegan’s story. Roman Catholic.

AGES 7-9: BI3: A GOOD LIFE

Download EXEMPLAR 1 : Lessons from Lockdown

Featured Religions / Worldviews: Christianity, Judaism, Sikhism / Sikhi (dharmic religion) and Humanism (non-religious worldview)

Content / Themes for Knowledge Organisers: Golden rule. Ten Commandments. Moses. Karma. Reincarnation. Sewa. Rainbows. Noah. Guru Nanak, Guru Granth Sahib. Baptism. Amrit. 5 Ks / K’s. Archbishop of Canterbury.

AGES 7-9: BI4: MAKING SENSE OF LIFE'S EXPERIENCES

Download EXEMPLAR 1: Why Do Some People Find Nature So Amazing?

Featured Religions / Worldviews: Buddhism, Pantheism, Christianity, others (depending on the backgrounds of the children themselves)

Content / Themes for Knowledge Organisers: Stories, poetry, art and music as ways of engaging with nature and the environment. Emotions. Forest school. Animals. Wordsworth. Caspar David Friedrich, Andy Goldsworthy, Beethoven, Zen Koan, John Cage.

AGES 7-9: BI5: INFLUENCE AND POWER

Download EXEMPLAR 1: What would this country miss if all the organised religions / worldviews disappeared?

Featured Religions / Worldviews: Christianity & Christian denominations. Islam

Content / Themes for Knowledge Organisers: What would this country miss if all the organised religions / worldviews disappeared? Influences on beliefs and behaviour. Anglican. Church of England. Queen Elizabeth II. Census data. Protestant. Catholic. Orthodox. Christmas. Historical links, e.g., Tudors, Reformation. Art and portraiture. Kehinde Wiley. Charities. Islamic Relief. Christian Aid. Marcus Rashford. Nobody stands nowhere.

AGES 7-9: BI6: THE BIG PICTURE

Download EXEMPLAR 1: The Three Gifts

Featured Religions / Worldviews: Christianity

Content / Themes for Knowledge Organisers: Gold, frankincense, myrrh. The Journey of the Magi / wise men. We Three Kings. Epiphany. Christmas story. Christingle. Creation. Giving gifts. Gospels. Jesus. Son of God. Saviour. Christ. Salvation. Messiah. Roman Empire. Holy Land. Persian Lands. Church. Linda Sue Park. Josh Groban. Botticelli. Gossaert. Moses. Prophets. Ten Commandments. Orthodox.

AGES 9-11: BI1: CONTINUITY, CHANGE AND DIVERSITY

Download EXEMPLAR 1: Different paths, same journey?

Featured Religions / Worldviews: Christianity: Anglican, Catholic, Baptist, Quaker. Islam: Shia / Shi’a, Sunni

Content / Themes for Knowledge Organisers: Faith in action. Mapping local religions / worldviews. Denominations. Muslim traditions. Holy books. Torah, Tanakh, Bible, Qur’an. Prophets. Halal. Haram. Nobody stands nowhere.

AGES 9-11: BI2: WORDS AND BEYOND

Download EXEMPLAR 1: Resilience and Wisdom

Featured Religions / Worldviews: Judaism, Christianity, Islam

Content / Themes for Knowledge Organisers: Expressing beliefs, feelings, emotions, religious experiences. Forms of language, non-verbal communication: art, architecture music, drama and dance. Similarities & differences between denominations / groups. Paralympics. King Solomon. Prince of Egypt. Moses. Queen Esther. Purim. Edward Armitage. Psalm 23. Oh Hanukkah by The Maccabeats. Konstanz Synagogue. Holocaust. Anne Frank. Etty Hillesum.

AGES 9-11: BI3: A GOOD LIFE

EXEMPLAR 1: not yet available

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AGES 9-11: BI4: MAKING SENSE OF LIFE'S EXPERIENCES

Download EXEMPLAR 1: Encounters

Featured Religions / Worldviews: Christianity, Sanatana Dharma (Hinduism), Islam

Content / Themes for Knowledge Organisers: Annunciation, pilgrim, pilgirmage, wonderful world, wow, prayer, happiness, love, angels, Mary, Mariam, Maryam, Angel Gabriel, Jibril, Jibreel, incarnation, Holy Trinity, Jesus, Walsingham, Lady Richeldis, Kumbh Mela, River Ganges, Ali-Imran

AGES 9-11: BI5: INFLUENCE AND POWER

Download EXEMPLAR 1: How much power and influence do religions have in Britain today?

Featured Religions / Worldviews: Christianity. Hinduism / Hindu Dharma, Sikhism / Sikhi. Humanism

Content / Themes for Knowledge Organisers: Roles of religious and non-religious leaders and groups in public life. Britain. Memorial events. The Coronation of King Charles III. Community representatives. Armistice. Remembrance Day and Poppy Appeal. Church of England. Anglican. Diwali festival. Leicester. Politics. Parish priests. Guru Hargobind Sahib Ji. Sewa. Ramayana. Rama & Sita. Jesus. Good Samaritan. Trussell Trust. Felix Help the Homeless Project.

AGES 9-11: BI6: THE BIG PICTURE

Download EXEMPLAR 1: The Beginning, the Middle and the End

Featured Religions / Worldviews: Buddhism, Christianity, Judaism, Scientific, Humanism

Content / Themes for Knowledge Organisers: Deep, meaningful questions. Past, present and future. Stories and journey narratives. Good Samaritan. Trolls World Tour. Truth. Bible, Tanakh, Creation. Genesis. Galileo. Psalms. Universe. Beliefs about human origins, purposes and the afterlife. Environment. Suffering. Death. Nirvana. Heaven. Hell.

AGES 11-14: BI1: CONTINUITY, CHANGE AND DIVERSITY

Download EXEMPLAR 1: Religion in 21st Century Britain

Featured Religions / Worldviews: Christianity, Nones, Humanism, Islam

Content / Themes for Knowledge Organisers: Church of England. Census data. Religious affiliation. Secular. Atheist. Agnostic. Protestant. Catholic. Northern Ireland. Diversity. Nobody stands nowhere.

AGES 11-14: BI2: WORDS AND BEYOND

Download EXEMPLAR 1: Is there more to a book than its cover?

Featured Religions / Worldviews: Judaism, Sikhism / Sikhi

Content / Themes for Knowledge Organisers: How the Torah is understood, used, valued and treated in Judaism. Synagogue. Aron HaKodesh. Bimah. Nevi’im. Ketuvi’im. Moses. Ten Commandments. Covenant. Shabbat. Ruth Esther. Shavuot. Prophet. Messiah. Mashiach. Guru Granth Sahib. Gurdwara. Rehat Maryada. Gurmukhi.

AGES 11-14: BI3: A GOOD LIFE

Download EXEMPLAR 1: The Goal of Living a Good Life

Featured Religions / Worldviews: Christianity, Sikhism / Sikhi, Humanism

Content / Themes for Knowledge Organisers: Ideas of service, fairness. Wealth & poverty. Duke of Edinburgh. Marcus Rashford. Sewa. Langar. Bruderhof. New Testament. Ethical codes. Values. Sources of wisdom. Utilitarian theory. Peter Singer. Good Samaritan. Black Lives Matter. Edward Colston. Slavery. Servitude. Freedom. Love. Justice.

AGES 11-14: BI4: MAKING SENSE OF LIFE'S EXPERIENCES

Download EXEMPLAR 1: Is it possible to experience a sense of the divine or a feeling of spirituality?

Featured Religions / Worldviews: Buddhism, Islam, Christianity, Nones, nature religion

Content / Themes for Knowledge Organisers: Religious & non-religious perspectives, philosophical approaches. Roger Penrose. Richard Dawkins. Duncan MacDougall. The Soul. God. Wordsworth. Healing. The Buddha. Siddhartha. Jesus. St Bernadette. Nichiren Daishonin. Bear Grills. Conversion. St Paul. Betty’s story. Navneet Singh. Dr Eben Alexander. Heaven.

AGES 11-14: BI5: INFLUENCE AND POWER

EXEMPLAR 1: Jerusalem. Coming soon!

Featured Religions / Worldviews: Judaism, Christianity Islam

Content / Themes for Knowledge Organisers: Relationships between countries and the religions / worldviews followed by sectors of their population. Interpreting data. Secular. Theocracy. Established religion. Atheist state. France. Laïcité. Les Hijabeuses. Notre Dame de Paris. President Macron. Israel. Palestine. Holy Land. Arab-Israeli conflict. Jewish schools of thought. Haredim. Zionism. Archaeology. Diaspora. Plural societies. England. Iran. North Korea. Turkey.

AGES 11-14: BI6: THE BIG PICTURE

Download EXEMPLAR 1: Grand narratives

Featured Religions / Worldviews: Mainly Islam and Humanism, plus an example from Buddhism and consideraton of Jainism

Content / Themes for Knowledge Organisers: Big questions of our world and how we come to exist in it. What is the universe like? Why is it as it is? Where’s it all going? Is there a life after death? Why do we suffer? Ship of Theseus. Optical illusions. Personal worldviews. Ultimate mysteries of life. Islamic Golden Age. Scientific method. Faith & belief. Muhammad. Sunnah & hadith. Sunni and Shi’a Islam. Heaven, Hell, Final Judgement. Imaan. Kufr. Spirited Arts, Poetry. Sandi Toksvig. Bertrand Russell. Humanist manifesto. Buddhist wheel of life – the bhavachakra. Definitions of religion and worldview.

AGES 14-18: BI1: CONTINUITY, CHANGE AND DIVERSITY

Download EXEMPLAR 1: Religion and Worldviews: Past Changes and Current Challenges

Featured Religions / Worldviews: Christianity, Islam, Buddhism, brief references to Sikhi and Jehovah’s Witnesses

Content / Themes for Knowledge Organisers: Definitions of religion, worldview, spiritual, secular. non-religious. Lalibela, Ethiopia. Buddha of Gandhara. Hinton St Mary mosaic. Abdul Malik / Abd al-Malik coins. Museum of Change. women. Feminism. Environmental crisis. Ecofeminism. Lynn White. Cornwall Alliance. Natural world. Liberalism. Fundamentalism. Interfaith. Mahayana. Theravada. Protestant. Catholic. Sunni. Shia / Shi’a. Malala Yousafzai. Taliban. Nobody stands nowhere.

AGES 14-18: BI2: WORDS AND BEYOND

Download EXEMPLAR 1: Depicting the Divine

Featured Religions / Worldviews: Christianity, Hinduism / Sanatana Dharma, Buddhism, including Tibetan Buddhism, Islam, including Sufi Islam

Content / Themes for Knowledge Organisers: Forms and examples of expressing the Divine / Ultimate / God / Allah. Iconic images / art within architecture and calligraphy. Sacred texts and poetry. Sound: Music and the use of the voice. Movement: Dance and Prayer. Digital world: Video games. Love, light, journey, harmony, presence. Hip-hop, Qasidi poetry, Bharatanatyam dance, Mandagon, Bible X, murti, metaverse. Tawhid, Trinity, salvation, Brahman, Bodhisattva, mandala, atman, anatman, karma.

AGES 14-18: BI2: WORDS AND BEYOND

Download EXEMPLAR 2: Depicting the Dharma

Featured Religions / Worldviews:  Hinduism / Sanatana Dharma, Buddhism, including Tibetan Buddhism

Content / Themes for Knowledge Organisers: Forms and examples of expressing the Divine / Ultimate. Iconic images / art. Sacred texts and poetry. Sound, music, voice. Movement, Dance, Prayer. Debate. Digital world, video games. Love, beauty, peace, harmony, reflection on meaning, transformation, beliefs, values. Insider, outsider.  Tibetan Book of the Dead, Bhakti, chanting, meditation, yoga, Mandagon, Raji, Bharatanatyam dance, Brahman, Bodhisattva, mandala, atman, anatman, karma.

AGES 14-18: BI3: A GOOD LIFE

Download EXEMPLAR 1: Keeping People Out of Bad Lives

Featured Religions / Worldviews: Christianity, Buddhism, Islam, with some examples drawn from Hindu and Confucian traditions

Content / Themes for Knowledge Organisers: Keeping people out of bad lives. Golden Rule. Authority. Utilitarianism. Deontology. Virtue Ethics. Moral issues: Artificial Intelligence (AI), Abortion, Euthanasia, Vaccine distribution, Equalities.

AGES 14-18: BI4: MAKING SENSE OF LIFE'S EXPERIENCES

Download EXEMPLAR 1: Strange and Mysterious

Featured Religions / Worldviews: Buddhism, Christianity, Sufism, Nones

Content / Themes for Knowledge Organisers: Religious rituals and other practices, Experience of deep connections with God or gods, nature, their own consciousness or with other people. Sense of awareness and mystery. Spirituality. The prophet Isaiah. Rudolph Otto. The Buddha. Angulimala. St Paul. Davey Falcus. Teresa of Avila, Muhammad. Jesus. The Virgin Mary. St John of the Cross. Julian of Norwich. Revelation. Nature mysticism. God spot. Hay & Nye. Near-death experiences. Reincarnation. Richard Swinburne. Francis Spufford. John Hick.

AGES 14-18: BI5: INFLUENCE AND POWER

Download EXEMPLAR 1: Religion, Worldviews, Change and Conflict

Featured Religions / Worldviews: Islam, Christianity, Sikhism / Sikhi, Nones

Content / Themes for Knowledge Organisers: Factors that influence society: economic, political and ethical. Secular. Women in leadership. Britain. Church of England. Muslim council of Britain. Malala Yousafzi. Desmond Tutu. Dutch Reformed Church, South Africa. Apartheid. Trevor Huddleston. Muslim Hands. Pashtun. Taliban. Altruism. Libby Lane. Zara Mohammed. Poverty. Fundamentalism. Education. Solarity.

AGES 14-18: BI6: THE BIG PICTURE

Download EXEMPLAR 1: Life, the Universe and Everything

Featured Religions / Worldviews: Jainism, Christianity, Islam, Buddhism, Nones

Content / Themes for Knowledge Organisers: Authority, truth and trust. Religion and science. Philosophy, theology, interpretation of literature, study of religions and sciences. Ultimate questions. Time. The End. Mahavira. Buddha statues. Bible. Qur’an. Same-sex marriage. Prosperity theology. God, Goddess, gods, goddesses. Creation & evolution. Non-binary.