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Meadowdale Primary School


Religious Education

Our Religious Education curriculum aims to enable children to become inquisitive, accepting, mindful individuals who express an understanding and insight of the rich and diverse world we live in and provide children with the opportunities and experiences to investigate a range of religions and world views. We follow the Leicestershire Agreed Syllabus.

In their R.E. lessons children will

  • identify and explain the core beliefs and concepts studied, using examples from texts/sources of authority in religions.
  • make clear connections between what people believe and how they live, individually and in communities and be able to use evidence and examples to show how and why people put their beliefs into practice in different ways, e.g. in different communities, denominations or cultures.
  • make connections between the beliefs and practices studied, evaluating and explaining their importance to different people (e.g. believers and atheists) and  reflect on and articulate lessons people might gain from the beliefs/practices studied, including their own responses, recognising that others may think differently.
  • consider and weigh up how the ideas studied relate to their own experiences and experiences of the world today, developing insights of their own and giving good reasons for the views they have and the connections they make

We aim for children to be able to:

  • recall and name a range of religious beliefs and practises.
  • make connections between different religions and world views and describe the similarities and differences.
  • understand the significance of belonging to a faith, religion or community
  • be aware of the big ethical and philosophical questions that exist in the world today and begin to articulate their own viewpoint.

The daily assemblies are broadly Christian in nature and non-denominational.  Stories from other cultures and religions are also included and members of the local and wider communities contribute to our assemblies. Parents/carers may withdraw their children from R.E. and assembly after discussion with the Headteacher.


R.E. Curriculum Overview








Year 6

Why do some people believe in God and some people not?


Why do Hindus want to be good? (Karma/dharma/samsara/moksha)


Creation and science: conflicting or complementary? (Creation)


What do Christians believe Jesus did to “save” people? (Salvation)

For Christians, what kind of king is Jesus? (Kingdom of God)

How does faith help people when life gets hard?


Year 5

What does it mean if Christians believe God is holy and loving? (God)

What does it mean to be a Muslim in Britain? (Tawhid/Iman/Ibadah)

Why do Christians believe that Jesus was the Messiah? (Incarnation)

Why is the Torah so important to Jewish people? (God/Torah)

Christians and how to live: “What would Jesus do?”(Gospel)u

What matters most to Humanists and Christians?

Year 4

What is the “Trinity” and why is it important for Christians? (God/Incarnation)

What do Hindus believe God was like? (Brahman/atman)

What does it mean to be a Hindu in Britain?(Dharma) u


Why do Christians call the day Jesus died “Good Friday”? (Salvation)

For Christians, when Jesus left, what was the impact of Pentecost? (Kingdom of God)

How and why do people mark the significant events of life?

Year 3

What do Christians learn from the Creation story? (Creation)


What is it like for someone to follow God? (People of God)


How do festivals and worship show what matters to a Muslim? (Ibadah)u

How do festivals and family life show what matters to Jewish people? (God/Torah/the People)u

What kind of world did Jesus want? (Gospel)

How and why do people try to make the world a better place?

Year 2


Who is a Muslim and how do they live? u


Why does Christmas matter to Christians? (Incarnation)


Who is a Muslim and how do they live? Part 2. u(God/Tawhid/Ibadah/Iman)

Why does Easter matter to Christians? (Salvation)

What is the “good news” that Christians say Jesus brings? (Gospel)


What makes some places sacred to believers?


What does it mean to belong to a faith community?

What do Christians believe God is like? (God)

Who is Jewish and how do they live? (God/Torah/the People)

Who do Christians say made the world? (Creation)

How should we care for the world and for others, and why does it matter?


Being special: where do we belong? u

Why is Christmas special for Christians

Why is the word “God” so important to Christians

Why is Easter special to Christians?



What places are special and why? u


What times/stories are special and why? – teach this unit throughout the year at relevant parts.

Weekly RE lessons.

Planned opportunities across setting – role-play areas to act out experiences and knowledge, construction areas, outside area, exploration and observation tables, activities based around weekly RE lessons.