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Religious Education Curriculum Overview

Year group

Autumn term 1

Autumn term 2

Spring term 1

Spring term 2

Summer term 1

Summer term 2



What makes everyone unique and precious?

What is our Christmas play about?

How can we help each other?

What can we put in an Easter garden?

How can we care for our wonderful world?

Year 1

Christianity and Judaism

Why is belonging to the church family important to some Christians?

Church visit

Why is the idea of light important at Christmas?

Why is the Torah important to Jewish people?

Why do Christians follow Jesus?


What do parables teach us?


Year 2

Christianity and Judaism

Why is doing good deeds important to Jewish people?

Synagogue visit

Why do we swap give and receive gifts at Christmas?

What do Jewish people think about each new year?


What symbols do Christians use at Easter?


Why do Christians pray?


How do Jewish people pray?


Year 3

Christianity and Islam

Why do Muslims call Mohammed (pbh) ‘the seal of the prophets’?

What is the significance of angels at Christmas?

How does the Qur’an guide Muslims?

What does the cross symbolise to Christians?

How does a Muslim show that they follow Allah?

Mosque visit

How does Jesus inspire Christians to serve others?


Year 4

Christianity and Hinduism

What is meant by the words ‘the Kingdom of God’?

How are Christmas and Advent celebrated around the world?

What does it mean to be on a mission?

How does the story of Rama and Sita inspire Hindus?

Why do Hindus want to collect good karma?

Hindu Temple visit

What symbols and stories help Jewish people remember their covenant with God?

Year 5

Christianity, and Sikhism

Why is the Gospel good news for Christians?

How do Christians show their belief that Jesus is God incarnate?

How do Sikhs put their beliefs about equality in to practice?

Sikh temple visit

Does believing in the resurrection change Christians view of life and death?

What do the gurus teach Sikhs?

Why do Humanists say happiness is the goal fo life?

Year 6

World views and secularism

What is ‘holiness’ to Jewish people?

Visit to a synagogue.

What are the differences between a secular and a religious Christmas?

How does the 'Triple Refuge' help Buddhists on their journey through life?


How does the 'Triple Refuge' help Buddhists on their journey through life?

Visit to the Buddhist center.

How did Buddha teach his followers to find enlightenment?

How does Tawhid create a sense of community amongst Muslims?


At Carlton Hill, we believe that to promote community cohesion and a compassionate society it is important that children acquire core knowledge and understanding of the beliefs and practices of religious and secular world views.  This enables children to have confidence in their own beliefs and values and respect the religions and cultural traditions of others. The curriculum does not seek to persuade children to adopt any particular belief.

Our curriculum is planned to incrementally grow the knowledge and skills of the children. It has been developed using the Brighton and Hove programme of study and meets the legal framework for RE teaching in primary schools.  

The underlying principles of its design are:

  • An enquiry based approach that encourages active learning which enables children to have balanced and informed conversations;
  • Experiences - inviting people of faith to school to talk with the children in class and in whole school assemblies;
  • Visits -  to places of worship in our local community.


Progression of skills

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