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Unit 3.3: Encounters

Key Question: What makes a place sacred?

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Build on work in Unit 1.3: Worship and festivals and provide opportunities to observe worship in more than one faith, focusing on its significance for faith members.

Make links with a local place of worship and contrast with a place of worship from a different faith. Find out how tradition and ceremony is part of the life of a religious community.   

Resources: symbols and artefacts from Christianity and at least one other faith - including food, pictures and statues, community logos and badges, (online) film clips of worship

RE Learning Cycle
Unit 3.3: Encounters
Programme of study Teaching and learning outcomes (AT1) Teaching and learning outcomes (AT2)
Beliefs & practices


investigate different forms of worship


explore the diversity and significance of local religious places to faith groups and members of the community
describe some different ways people communicate with their God

describe the uses of sacred places, symbols and artefacts by believers and the community

compare activities at different places of worship
consider the meaning of different forms of religious worship


share thoughts and feelings about sacred spaces and their use


explain how activities at local places of worship create a sense of community 

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Explore special places in the pupils’ lives:

  • • Where is this place?
  • • When and why do the pupils go there?
  • • What do they do when they are in it?
  • • Are there any special rules when they are in it?
  • • Who is responsible for looking after the special place?
Begin to collect images of special religious places with which the pupils are familiar, asking:

  • • Where are these places?
  • • When and why do faith members go there?
  • • What do they do when they are there?
  • • Are there any special rules when they are there?
  • • Who is responsible for looking after the special place?
What does the word ‘sacred’ mean?

What makes a space sacred?

What makes a building sacred? Why? How is it used?

What does the word ‘worship’ mean?

What rituals are found in worship?

What symbols or artefacts can be found in a sacred building or space and what meaning do they have?

How do faith members behave when they are in the space?

How do faith members use symbols and artefacts within their worship and how might this affect the way faith members behave or feel?
Visit a local sacred place or place of worship; find out about what happens there

Visit a contrasting worship space for a different faith or access a virtual tour online

Look at the features and symbolism in places of worship for two different faiths; explore similarities and differences

Look at the ways in which members of a two or three faith communities use their sacred space

Explore the meaning and use of symbols and artefacts used within the sacred place from two or three faith communities

Identify the different forms that worship may take - quiet contemplation, singing and actions
Talk to religious leaders to find out how faith groups worship; consider the leaders’ role in rituals and the symbols they wear or use

Observe and identify ritual within a ceremony; consider the significance of rituals for worshippers

Interview a faith member about how they worship at home and in their place of worship and how it makes them feel; what might influence the type of worship activity they do at specific times?

Investigate how shared religious rituals and worship for a faith member give a sense of identity and belonging

Compare religious rituals and styles of worship from different faiths; consider how they express the beliefs of faith members

Explore the ways in which worship helps may help a faith member cope with challenging situations
Sort out activity statements into ‘worship’ and ‘not worship’ and explain choices

Make 3D model of a place of worship visited or set one up as a role play area

Create a brochure/information leaflet/video presentation for a sacred space they have visited, labelling the parts and their uses

Recognise similarities and suggest reasons for differences in worship rituals within or between two or more religions

Present thoughts and feelings about an observed religious ritual in a creative way, through video, presentation or artwork

Show understanding by roleplaying a worship ritual

Identify why a space is sacred and explain what makes it so

Create collages/montages/videos showing how a faith member or local faith community may worship and use their sacred place in different ways
Express thoughts about the significance of ritual actions for worshippers

Reflect on feelings of faith members when in a sacred space

Keep a journal of personal responses when visiting places of spiritual significance; video-blog their responses

THIS UNIT WILL CONTRIBUTE TO THE ACHIEVEMENT OF THESE END OF KEY STAGE STATEMENTS

Highlighted text indicates how this unit contributes to overall End of Key Stage attainment.

 AT1 (Knowledge & understanding)
 AT2 (Reflection & response)
Describe and make connections between different features of religions, including celebrations, worship and the rituals which mark birth and marriage
Reflect on the significance for faith members of participating in celebrations, worship and the rituals which mark birth and marriage
Describe a range of beliefs, symbols and actions showing links between different religions including rules for living and forms of worship specified in the key content
Demonstrate understanding of different ways of life and ways of expressing meaning including rules for living and forms of worship
specified in the key content
Explain similarities and differences within and between different religions and worldviews including key rituals, key artefacts, sacred places Reflect on similarities and differences within and between different religions and worldviews including key rituals, key artefacts, sacred places 
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