Religious Education

The purpose of the RE curriculum is to support the development of children’s knowledge around a range of religious values and contribute to their social, moral, cultural and spiritual (SMSC) learning. This enables children to interpret and respond to a variety of concepts, beliefs and practices within religions and to their own and others’ cultural and life experiences.  

At Mengham Junior School RE is taught as a discrete lesson supported by activities in our wider community. This takes the form of encountering religious stories, festivals, artefacts, places of worship, rituals and beliefs. It also supports reflections during our daily collective worship. We endeavor to provide children with real-life experiences and run trips to mosques, synagogues, churches and other places of worship throughout the year groups.  

Across the school a variety of concepts, beliefs and practices are shared and discussed during topics such as ‘Sukkot and Harvest Festival’, ‘Easter through Art’, ‘The Gifts of the Magi’ and ‘Flight in Religious Stories’. Each year group covers 6 units of work over the year (one per term). The curriculum is based upon understanding, and responding to, the key concepts within the major religions and non-religious beliefs represented in Great Britain and other cultures. We welcome visitors and believe that they make a valuable contribution to bringing learning to life by sharing their knowledge and life experiences.

We aim to give children the opportunity to:

  • Describe the key aspects of religions through stories and traditions that influence their beliefs and values.
  • Identify and begin to describe the similarities and differences within and between religions.
  • Investigate the significance of religion in the local, national and global communities.
  • Consider meanings of religious expression.
  • Use specialist vocabulary in communicating knowledge and understanding.
  • Use a range of sources.
  • Reflect on what it means to belong to a faith community.
  • Respond to challenges both in their own lives and within religious traditions.
  • Discuss their own and others’ views of religious truth and belief.
  • Reflect on ideas of right and wrong and their own and others’ responses to them.

In order to ensure coverage across the curriculum, RE units encourage pupils to communicate their knowledge and understanding in a wide variety of formats. These include drama, art, literacy, music, ICT and dance.

Parents have the legal right to withdraw their child from part or all of the planned RE lessons. Children who are withdrawn will be set other tasks and supervised depending on the arrangements made on an individual basis.

Teachers also have the right to withdraw from teaching RE. They must do so in writing to the Headteacher and Governors, who will arrange for these classes to be taught by another member of staff.

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Year Group

Autumn 1

Autumn 2

Spring 1

Spring 2

Summer 1

Summer 2

Year 3

Concept: Thanking




Title: Sukkot and Harvest festival



Concept: Symbol




Title: Advent and Hanukkah



Concept: Sacred (place)



Title: Places of worship (synagogue and church)

Concept: Changing emotions


Title: The Easter Story


Concept: Authority



Title: Authority of the Bible and Torah

Concept: Prayer




Title: Christian and Jewish Prayer

Links: Harvest assembly-PHSE

Links: Science and light

Links: Mountains- geography

Links: Emotion  graphs (maths, PHSE), role on wall…drama

Links: DT- Cookery, Highway Code, sources of evidence in history; books with authority

Links: English (Marwell), PHSE


Year 4

Concept: Symbol


Title: Trees as a symbol in religious stories.



Concept: Holy


Title: Mary Mother of God



Concept: Freedom


Title: Passover




Concept: Suffering


Title: Easter through art




Concept: Myths


Title: Myths




Concept: Ritual


Title: Ritual in Judaism and Chris

tianity (Eucharist and Tefillin)

Links: Rainforest/rivers


Links: Art


Links: Pirates, geography, history, PHSE, art, music.

Links: Art, drama, PHSE


Links: Ancient Greece, English


Links: Ancient Greece, PHSE

Year 5

Concept: Flight as a symbol


Title: Flight in religious stories

Concept: Prophecy


Title: the Gifts of the Magi


Concept: Symbol



Title: Water in Religious Practice

Concept: Sacrifice



Title: Easter Story

Concept: God



Title: God talk (Muslim and Christian views)

Concept: Submission


Title: Muhammed

And the Qur’an

Links: Science- space,

Links: Art and PHSE

Links: Geography and science- water cycle, rivers

Links: PHSE- Lion Witch and Wardrobe

Links: Forces- in science


Links: PHSE, Science- animals


Year 6

Concept: Umma (community)


Title: The five Pillars of Islam

Concept: Interpretation


Title: The Two Birth Narratives

Concept: Message



Title: Jesus’ Message

Concept: Resurrection


 Title: Empty Cross



Concept: Creation



Title: Creation stories

Links: Geography- Fair Trade



Links: PHSE, maths (graphs), History

ICT (what is the truth)

Links: ICT, English, PHSE, history


Links: Art, Drama, PHSE,



Links: Science, art, music, drama

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