Religious Education Curriculum

Each year group begins their study of RE by focusing on a world religion as a topic of study; wherein the primary goal is to explore what it means to be a member of that culture, faith and community. The second unit is a focus on Christianity, building on a progression of learning from year to year. The final unit for each year group is a thematic unit, which examines a broader issue that is relevant to multiple faiths, in order to identify similarities and differences between different faiths. These units of study are in accordance with Redbridge’s syllabus for RE, which is referred to as the SACRE.

Illustration of bible, Ganesh, menorah and rosary

Year 3

Week 1

Outcome

  • To recall the basic Hindu lifestyle and beliefs

 

Revision

  • Explore what happens at Diwali

Week 2

Outcome

  • To describe the significance of the Aum symbol

 

Revision

  • Rama and Sita story

Week 3

Outcome

  • To explain Hindu beliefs on Brahman and how this compares to personal ideas of God

 

Revision

  • Learn about the events of Hanukah

Week 4

Outcome

  • To express what the trimurti is and understand the importance of the relationship between them

 

Revision

  • How do Jewish people celebrate Hanukah?

Week 5

Outcome

  • To investigate how different deities are represented through murtis

 

Revision

  • Discuss how Christians prepare for Christmas

Week 6

Outcome

  • To recall key stories about Krishna and Ganesh

 

Revision

  • Explore the events of the Christmas story

Week 7

Outcome

  • Essay: ‘Hindus believe in many Gods. Discuss the validity of this statement.’

 

Revision

  • Compare our world to other worlds

Week 1

Outcome

  • To explain the story of Diwali and examine how Hindus celebrate it

 

Revision

  • Discuss the creation story

Week 2

Outcome

  • To analyse the concepts of karma and dharma

 

Revision

  • Explore different ideas about how the world began

Week 3

Trip to Neasden Temple

Week 4

Outcome

  • To illustrate the features of a Mandir and how Hindus use it to worship

 

Revision

  • Discuss how Muslims think the world began

Week 5

Outcome

  • To evaluate how Hindus worship at home

 

Revision

  • Discuss how Christians think the world began

Week 6

Outcome

  • To assess my Knowledge and Understanding of Hinduism

 

Revision

  • What would you ask the creator of the world

Week 7

Outcome

  • To justify the importance of the River Ganges and Varanasi in Hindu Pilgrimage

 

Revision

  • Revise any misconceptions from assessment

Week 1

Outcome

  • To recognise what is meant by the term ‘inspirational’

 

Revision

  • Story of Jesus meets Zacchaeus

Week 2

Outcome

  • To recall the words and actions of Jesus

 

Revision

  • Story of the widows mite

Week 3

Outcome

  • To evaluate the impact of Jesus’ death on Christians

 

Revision

  • Prodigal son

Week 4

Outcome

  • To identify the impact that believing in Jesus will have on a Christian life

 

Revision

  • Wise and Foolish builders

Week 5

Outcome

  • To examine the actions of contemporary inspirational Christians

 

Revision

  • Feeding of the 500

Week 6

Outcome

  • To evaluate reasons Christians regard Jesus as a source of authority

 

Revision

  • The calming of the storm

Week 1

Outcome

  • To evaluate the most important attitudes and values to a Christian

 

Revision

  • Parable of the 2 sons

Week 2

Outcome

  • Essay: Why is Jesus important to Christians

 

Revision

  • What is Easter?

Week 3

Outcome

  • To discuss what it means to be part of a Christian community

 

Revision

  • What happened on Psalm Sunday?

Week 4

Outcome

  • To argue how Christians put their beliefs into practice

 

Revision

  • Look at the events of the last supper including the story of the arrest of Jesus

Week 5

Outcome

  • To assess knowledge and understanding of Christianity

 

Revision

  • Resurrection of Jesus

Week 6

Outcome

  • To evaluate the different ways Christians express their beliefs

 

Revision

  • Revise any misconceptions from assessment

Week 1

Outcome

  • To consider what makes a place special and significant

 

Revision

  • Explore who is God

Week 2

Outcome

  • To examine the main features of Christian worship including prayer, communion and praise
  • Muhammad and the thirsty camel

Week 3

Outcome

  • To compare how different denominations practice Christian traditions
  • Muhammad and the sleeping kitten

Week 4

Outcome

  • To contrast the similarities and differences in worship with the Christian religion

 

Revision

  • How do Muslims care for all of Allah’s creations (tiny ants and baby birds)

Week 5

Outcome

  • To discuss  worship at the Mandir and worship at home for Hindus

 

Revision

  • What is the Qur’an

Week 6

Outcome

  • To examine the practice of giving prashad

 

Revision

  • Why is the Qur’an important to Muslims

Week 1

Outcome

  • To explain the meaning of the puja tray and the arti ceremony

 

Revision

  • What makes the Qur’an special to Muslims

Week 2

Outcome

  • To compare Christian worship and Hindu worship

 

Revision

  • Stories from the Qur’an

Week 3

Outcome

  • Essay: How, where and why do different religions worship?

 

Revision

  • Recognise the Qur’an as a guide to Muslims on how to live their lives

Week 4

Outcome

  • Essay: How, where and why do different religions worship?
  • To analyse the role of prayer and the synagogue for Jewish people

 

Revision

  • Retell a story about the prophet Muhammad

Week 5

Outcome

  • To assess my knowledge and understanding of Hinduism and Christianity

 

Revision

  • How do Muslims pray?

Week 6

Outcome

  • To evaluate the spiritual significance of religious pilgrimages

 

Revision

  • Revise any misconceptions from assessment

Hinduism

Year 3 pupils begin their study of RE in Churchfields Junior School with the study of Hinduism. In contrast to KS1, pupils take part in a more thorough and detailed study of one major world religion. We begin with Hinduism as it is the prescribed starting place for all Year 3 pupils according to the SACRE. Pupils learn about the beliefs, scriptures, practices and holidays central to being a Hindu. In this way they are able to understand a culture and religious faith that is present in their classroom, community and country.

Christianity

The focus then shifts to the yearly study of Christianity, the most prevalent and official religion of the United Kingdom. The focus of the Year 3 curriculum is the study of Jesus and his importance to Christianity, as well as overall Christian beliefs and practices.

Comparing Christianity and Hinduism

The final unit of study draws upon what the pupils have learned throughout the year. To cement their learning into long-term knowledge, pupils compare Christian and Hindu worship. They investigate and consider the similarities and differences in how, where and why people of these faiths worship.

Autumn

A Hindu Life book cover

World Religion

  • What does it mean to be a Hindu?

Spring

A Christian Life book cover

Christianity

  • Why is Jesus important to Christians?

Summer

Thematic

  • Where, how and why do people worship?

Year 4

Week 1

Outcome

  • To explore  Jewish beliefs about God

 

Revision

  • Discuss the importance of the trimuti

Week 2

Outcome

  • To explain the significance of the Torah

 

Revision

  • Describe the significance of the Aum symbol

Week 3

Outcome

  • To discuss stories from the Torah

 

Revision

  • Using the Puranas, recall key stories about Krishna and Ganesh

Week 4

Outcome

  • To explore how Jewish people celebrate Pesach

 

Revision

  • Recall basic Hindu lifestyle and beliefs

Week 5

Outcome

  • To examine the importance of the ten commandments

 

Revision

  • What is the significance of the River Ganges and Varanasi

Week 6

Outcome

  • To explain the significance of Kosher within Judaism

 

Revision

  • Examine Diawli and how Hindus celebrate

Week 7

Outcome

  • Essay: How do the foundations of a Jewish lifestyle differ to those of other religions

Week 1

Outcome

  • To assess Jewish beliefs about creation and Shabat

 

Revision

  • Analyse Karma and dharma

Week 2

Trip to Jewish Museum

 

Revision

  • Explore features of a Mandir

Week 3

Outcome

  • To explore the significance of the synagogue

 

Revision

  • Investigate different murtis

Week 4

Outcome

  • To examine significant symbols in Judaism

 

Revision

  • How do Hindus celebrate Raksha Bandhan and Holi

Week 5

Outcome

  • To evaluate how and why Jewish people celebrate religious festival

 

Revision

  • Evaluate how Hindus worship at home

Week 6

Outcome

  • To assess knowledge and understanding of Judasim

Week 7

Outcome

  • To explain the significance of the pilgrimage to Jerusalem for Jewish people

 

Revision

  • Revise any misconceptions from the assessment

Week 1

Outcome

  • To state what values are important to me

 

Revision

  • What is meant by the term inspirational

Week 2

Outcome

  • To describe what a Humanist is

 

Revision

  • Recall words and actions of Jesus

Week 3

Outcome

  • To discuss what makes an action good or bad to a Humanist

 

Revision

  • What impact did Jesus’ death have on Christians

Week 4

Outcome

  • To discuss what makes an action good or bad to a Christian

 

Revision

  • Who are some contemporary inspirational Christians

Week 5

Outcome

  • To compare the actions of key Humanists and Christians

 

Revision

  • Evaluate why Christians regard Jesus as a source of authority

Week 6

Outcome

  • To manage values held by Humanists, Christians and myself

 

Revision

  • What are the most important attitudes and values to a Christian

Week 1

Outcome

  • To evaluate the Christian idea of being made in God’s image

 

Revision

  • What does it mean to be a part of a Christian community

Week 2

Outcome

  • Essay: Do Humanists and Christians have shared values

Week 3

Outcome

  • To argue what it means to be a part of a Christian community

 

Revision

  • How do Christians put their beliefs into practice

Week 4

Outcome

  • To interpret what difference being a part of a Christian community can make to how Christians live

 

Revision

  • In what different ways do Christians express their beliefs

Week 5

Outcome

  • To assess  understanding and knowledge of Christianity and Humanism

Week 6

Outcome

  • To evaluate dilemmas about doing the right thing

 

Revision

  • Revise any misconceptions from the assessment

Week 1

Outcome

  • To discuss the metaphor of life as a journey

 

Revision

  • Explore significant places in our lives

Week 2

Outcome

  • To examine how different religions mark the start of life

 

Revision

  • Examine the main features of Christian worship

Week 3

Outcome

  • To discuss the significance of ceremonies that mark milestones in life

 

Revision

  • Compare how different Christian denominations celebrate

Week 4

Outcome

  • To compare religious ceremonies which mark the commitment of a loving relationship

 

Revision

  • What are the similarities and differences in worship with the Christian religion

Week 5

Outcome

  • To explain how different religions view death and life after death

 

Revision

  • Worship at the Mandir and at home for Hindus

Week 6

Outcome

  • To evaluate commitments held by different religious believers

 

Revision

  • Compare how Christians and Hindus worship

Week 1

Outcome

  • To justify how religious and spiritual teachings can help believers move on in life’s journey

 

Revision

  • Examine the practice of giving prashad

Week 2

Outcome

  • Essay: How do believers from different religions show their commitments during the journey of life

Week 3

Outcome

  • To conclude whether religion provides a map of life for believers

 

Revision

  • What is the role of prayer for Jewish people

Week 4

Outcome

  • To sketch different religious ‘maps of life’

 

Revision

  • Evaluate the spiritual significance of religious pilgrimages

Week 5

Outcome

  • To assess knowledge and understanding of Judaism

Week 6

Outcome

  • To evaluate our own ideas about community, belonging and belief

 

Revision

  • Revise any misconceptions from the assessment

Judaism

Year 4 pupils conduct a study of a world religion on Judaism. The oldest of the Abrahamic Faiths, the detailed and thorough understanding of this faith provides pupils with a more nuanced understanding of Christianity and Islam. Pupils will explore the beliefs, scriptures, practices and holidays central to Judaism.

Christianity

Pupils continue their study of Christianity with an in-depth look into the ideals of Christian living, tying this new learning to understanding of key aspects to Judaism through spaced learning and review at the beginning of each lesson.

Comparing Hinduism, Judaism and Christianity

At the conclusion of Year 4, pupils engage in a comparison of rites of passage and displays of commitment to one’s faith present in Christianity and Judaism to continue drawing parallels between the two religions. Pupils will also review their understanding on Hinduism and make comparisons between the three religions – Hinduism, Judaism and Christianity – to cement their learning of new material.

Autumn

A Jewish Life book cover

World Religion

  • What does it mean to be Jewish?

Spring

Christianity

  • What matters most to Humanists and Christians?

Summer

Thematic

  • How and why do believers show their commitments during the journey of life?

Year 5

Week 1

Outcome

  • To discuss what being a follower of Islam means to different people

 

Revision

  • What are Jewish beliefs about God?

Week 2

Outcome

  • To examine each of the five pillars

 

Revision

  • Explain how Jewish people follow the Ten Commandments

Week 3

Outcome

  • To evaluate the significance of the mosque and how Muslims pray
  • Trip to East London mosque

 

Revision

  • Explore the key features of the synagogue

Week 4

France residential and Harvest Festival rehearsal

Week 5

Outcome

  • To discuss Muhammed and what happened on the night of power

 

Revision

  • Assess Jewish beliefs about creation

Week 6

Outcome

  • To explain the importance of the Qur’an

 

Revision

  • Explain the significance of the Torah

Week 7

Outcome

  • Essay: What are the most important aspects of the Islamic faith and how do these compare to other religions?

Week 1

Outcome

  • To assess other forms of guidance for Muslims such as Hadith and Sunnah

 

Revision

  • Examine significant symbols in Judaism

Week 2

Outcome

  • To discuss Ramadan and why Muslims fast

 

Revision

  • Examine the significance of Kosher within Judaism

Week 3

Outcome

  • To analyse the significance of Eid Ul-Fitr

 

Revision

  • Explore how Jewish people celebrate Pesach

Week 4

Outcome

  • To explain what happens on The Hajj

 

Revision

  • Argue the significance of pilgrimage to Jerusalem for Jewish people

Week 5

Outcome

  • To analyse the significance of Eid Ul-Adha

 

Revision

  • Examine how and why Jewish people celebrate religious festivals

Week 6

Outcome

  • To assess  knowledge and understanding of Islam

 

Revision

  • Visit to St. Mary’s Church

Week 7

Outcome

  • To compare why Islam, Christianity and Judaism are knows as ‘The Abrahamic faiths’

 

Revision

  • To review misconceptions from the assessment

Week 1

Outcome

  • To discuss the Christian understanding of the Holy Trinity

 

Revision

  • What does it mean to be made in God’s image?

Week 2

Outcome

  • To describe how Christians use the bible at in church and at home

 

Revision

  • What does it mean to be a part of a Christian community?

Week 3

Outcome

  • To discuss the story arc of the bible from creation to fall to salvation and then new creation

 

Revision

  • How does being a part of a Christian community impact one’s life?

Week 4

Outcome

  • To examine parables written by and about Jesus

 

Revision

  • Describe what a Humanist is

Week 5

Outcome

  • To investigate philosophical questions around God

 

Revision

  • Discuss what makes an action good or bad to a humanist

Week 6

Outcome

  • To analyse the impact of belief in God on a person’s lifestyle

 

Revision

  • Discuss what makes an action good or bad to a Christian

Week 1

Outcome

  • To examine how Christians put their beliefs into practice

 

Revision

  • Compare actions of Humanists and Christians

Week 2

Outcome

  • Essay: What does it mean to be Christian?

Week 3

Outcome

  • To evaluate how sacrifice is a key concept in Christianity

 

Revision

  • Evaluate dilemmas about doing the right thing

Week 4

Outcome

  • To compare how the last supper is remembered in different denominations

 

Revision

  • Explore different important Christian values

Week 5

Outcome

  • To assess my knowledge and understanding of Christianity

Week 6

Outcome

  • To justify what it means to be a part of a Christian community

 

Revision

  • To review misconceptions from the assessment

Week 1

Outcome

  • To express initial understanding of prayer

 

Revision

  • Explain the metaphor of life s a journey

Week 2

Outcome

  • To compare how Christians pray

 

Revision

  • How do different religions mark the start of life?

Week 3

Outcome

  • To compare how Muslims pray

 

Revision

  • How do different religions mark significant milestones in life?

Week 4

Outcome

  • To compare how Jewish people pray

 

Revision

  • How do different religions mark the commitment of a loving relationship?

Week 5

Outcome

  • To compare how different religions pray

 

Revision

  • How do different religions view life after death?

Week 6

Outcome

  • To explain the role of religious places of worship in prayer

 

Revision

  • Recap commitments held by different religious believers

Week 1

Outcome

  • To assess the purpose of prayer

 

Revision

  • How can spiritual and religious teachings help believers move on in life’s journey?

Week 2

Outcome

  • Essay: How do people of the Abrahamic faiths pray?
  • Draw on similarities and differences between these Abrahamic faiths (Islam, Christianity, Judaism)

Week 3

Outcome

  • To evaluate different commitments to prayer

 

Revision

  • Revise beliefs about community, belonging and belief

Week 4

Outcome

  • To consider ‘answered’ and ‘unanswered’ prayers

 

Revision

  • Look at different ‘maps of life’ from religion

Week 5

Outcome

  • To assess my knowledge and understanding of prayer and worship

Week 6

Outcome

  • To compare attitudes of prayer to my own viewpoint

 

Revision

  • To review misconceptions from the assessment

Islam

Pupils in Year 5 continue their learning of the Abrahamic Faiths with an in-depth exploration of Islam. Pupils will rely on previous learning made during their units on Judaism and Christianity to place Islam in a context as the continuation of Allah’s, or God’s, message to humanity. They will explore the practices, beliefs, scripture and holidays central to Islam and make comparisons of these beliefs to the other Abrahamic faiths.

Christianity

Pupils will then continue their study of Christianity with the concept of the Holy Trinity and differences in worship between different denominations. This learning will help Year 5 pupils to better understand the differences between Christianity, Islam and Judaism while their central beliefs remain rooted in similar beliefs.

Comparing Abrahamic Faiths

Pupils will then conclude their Year 5 coursework with an in-depth analysis of prayer and the role of the church, temple or mosque in the Abrahamic faiths. Pupils will make comparisons in order to in grain their learning and build on what they have studied throughout the year.

Autumn

A Muslim Life book cover

World Religion

  • What does it mean to be a Muslim?

Spring

Christianity

  • What does it mean to be a Christian?

Summer

Thematic

  • Why is prayer important for religious believers?

Year 6

Week 1

Outcome

  • To describe the importance of Guru Nanak

 

Revision

  • Explain Muslim beliefs about God

Week 2

Outcome

  • To explain who the other nine human gurus were

 

Revision

  • Retell the Night of Power and importance of Muhammad to Islam

Week 3

Outcome

  • To list the key values of Sikhism

 

Revision

  • Review the Five Pillars of Islam

Week 4

Outcome

  • To summarise the importance of the Guru Granth Sahib

 

Revision

  • Describe the importance of the Qur’an

Week 5

Outcome

  • To explain the significance of the 5 K’s in Sikh initiation

 

Revision

  • Summarise the events of the Hajj

Week 6

Outcome

  • To describe what happens in the Amrit Ceremony and other important Sikh ceremonies

 

Revision

  • List rites of passage in Islam

Week 7

Outcome

  • Essay: How do the key practices and beliefs of Sikhism differ from those in Christianity, or Islam?

Week 1

Outcome

  • To compare the roles of the Gurdwara

 

Revision

  • Explore the key features of the mosque

Week 2

Outcome

  • Trip to a Gurdwara
  • To contrast Sikh celebrations

 

Revision

  • To assess other forms of guidance for Muslims such as Hadith and Sunnah

Week 3

Outcome

  • To explain how Sikhs celebrate Diwali

 

Revision

  • Describe how Ramadan is celebrated

Week 4

Outcome

  • To describe the significance of Baisakhi

 

Revision

  • Describe the significance of Eid Ul-Adha

Week 5

Outcome

  • To analyse the significance of Holi Mohalla

 

Revision

  • Contrast the Abrahamic religions

Week 6

Outcome

  • To assess our knowledge and understanding of Sikhism

Week 7

Outcome

  • To explain how Sikhs celebrate Holi

 

Revision

  • To review misconceptions from the assessment

Week 1

Outcome

  • To explain the Christian belief in God

 

Revision

  • Retell the story arc of the bible from creation to resurrection

Week 2

Outcome

  • To summarise Christian beliefs about life after death

 

Revision

  • Review morals of parables about the life of Jesus

Week 3

Outcome

  • To describe the significance of the Bible as a source of wisdom and authority

 

Revision

  • Describe how Christians use the bible in the church and at home

Week 4

Outcome

  • To explain the meaning and significance behind Christian rituals that mark death

 

Revision

  • Explain what it means to be part of a Christian community

Week 5

Outcome

  • To analyse the significance of the Qur’an as a source of wisdom and authority

 

Revision

  • Describe how Muslims use the Qur’an in the mosque and at home

Week 6

Outcome

  • To explain Muslim beliefs about life after death

 

Revision

  • Explain what it means to be part of a Muslim community

Week 1

Outcome

  • To describe the meaning and significance behind Muslim rituals that mark death

 

Revision

  • Compare the role of religious leaders in Sikhism, Christianity and Islam

Week 2

Outcome

  • Essay: Sikhism, Christianity and Islam all have views on life after death. How are they similar, or different?

Week 3

Outcome

  • To explain Sikh views on their life cycle

 

Revision

  • Review how the Guru Granth Sahib is used in worship by Sikhs

Week 4

Outcome

  • To describe why Karma plays a big role in Sikhism

 

Revision

  • Explain the role of the gurdwara in a Sikh community

Week 5

Outcome

  • To assess knowledge and understanding of religion’s views on life after death

Week 6

Outcome

  • To explain non-religious beliefs about suffering and life after death

 

Revision

  • To review misconceptions from the assessment

Week 1

Outcome

  • To analyse how religious charities make a difference

 

Revision

  • Explain the impact of belief in God on a person’s lifestyle

Week 2

Outcome

  • To explain how the ideals of Christian living come from the teachings of Jesus and Paul

 

Revision

  • Explain how Christians put their beliefs into practice

Week 3

Outcome

  • To describe how Christians put the teachings of Jesus into practice

 

Revision

  • Summarise how sacrifice is a key concept in Christianity

Week 4

Outcome

  • To summarise how Muslims put the words of the Qur’an and the prophet Muhammad into practice

 

Revision

  • Compare how different religions pray

Week 5

SATs week

Week 6

Outcome

  • To describe the connections between the teachings of Islam and Muslim charities

 

Revision

  • Review how Muslims put Muhammad’s words into practice

Week 1

Outcome

  • To analyse how Sikhs put teachings of Guru Nanak into practice

 

Revision

  • Compare the role of places of worship in different religions

Week 2

Outcome

  • To explain the connections between the teachings of Sikhism and Sikh charities

 

Revision

  • Explain different religions’ commitments to prayer

Week 3

Rhos y Gwaliau

Week 4

Outcome

  • Essay: Of the charities we have studied, which one best exemplifies the golden rule and its religion’s commitment to its community? Why?
  • Explain the role of charities and the underlying religious philosophies that guide them

Week 5

Outcome

  • To assess my knowledge and understanding of the Sikh teachings

Week 6

Outcome

  • To compare how followers of different faiths (Christians, Sikhs, and Muslims) apply their ideals to their daily lives

 

Revision

  • To review misconceptions from the assessment

Sikhism

Pupils end their KS2 exploration of RE with an investigation into Sikhism. As this religion has connections to Hinduism and Islam it fits nicely as the final unit of study for the focus on world religions. Pupils explore the practices, beliefs, scripture and holidays central to Sikhism. As this faith is also more nuanced in its similarities and differences from the previous religions studied, it is necessary to wait until Year 6 to compare and contrast it with the other faiths once pupils have a firm understanding of them.

Christianity

Pupils then continue their study of Christianity by exploring how religions deal with death and the afterlife by examining the resurrection of Christ and the implications of a heaven.

Comparing Sikhism, Christianity and Islam

Pupils then compare these ideas to beliefs on the afterlife in Islam and Sikhism. Pupils then conclude their learning by comparing how Sikhism, Christianity and Islam view the role of community and charitable giving as key components of their faith. This final unit serves as an endcap to their KS2 years of study as they are relying on their learning from throughout the RE curriculum to arrive at their conclusions.

Autumn

Sikhism book cover

World Religion

  • What does it mean to be a Sikh?

Spring

Christianity

  • What do religions say to us when life gets hard?

Summer

Thematic

  • Justice and poverty: Can religions help to build a fair world?