Religious Education

.Religious Education


Understanding how and when different Religions begun and established

Develop an understanding of cultural and religious differences – foster tolerance and compassion

Question and make links - similarities and differences from their personal knowledge and experiences to new learning

Explore – Customs and traditions developing a positive attitude towards uniqueness of each religion



Children are introduced to the word religion and what it means to many people across the world. Children are encouraged to ask questions about themselves and others, they share their own stories and learn that not everyone follows or celebrates events in the same way as them. The concept of differences is to be celebrated and enjoyed; this is paramount to every aspect of their enquiry in RE.  They participate and learn about the Christian celebrations of Harvest, Christmas and Easter as well as the Chinese New Year.

Yr 1-

In Year 1, we build on our reception understanding of knowing that some people follow a particular religion.  We use our prior knowledge that Christianity is a religion and we focus on this throughout the year.  We think about the beliefs as God as a creator and a teacher and further our knowledge on this by learning about popular Bible stories such as Noah’s Ark and Jonah and the Whale. Building upon on our prior learning from reception that some celebrations are linked to ‘Religion’, we learn how Christians celebrate Weddings, Baptisms and Holy Communion in the Catholic church. We do this in a practical way using role play to act out a Baptism where children can bring in their own dolls for babies and we plan our own wedding to act out. Further to this we learn about people that have a special role in the Christian community and we write specific questions to the Vicar at Henbury Church in preparation for our visit there to meet the Vicar. Throughout all of our Christianity unit, the children relate their learning back to the key values of Christianity and how these create a sense of belief and belonging to the Christian community. This leads us into writing our own prayers to say Thank you for the things we are grateful for.

Yr 2-

Progressing on from year one where the children explored a familiar religion the children will now learn about the  Religion of Hinduism. They will learn that this religion (unfamiliar to all or most of the children at our school) is a global religion and there are many Hindus in their town/country. Children will explore the traditions of Hindu culture in marriage and birth/growing up, they will look at how the festivals of Diwali and Holi are celebrated. Moving on from year one the children will now be able to look at the similarities and differences of Christianity and Hinduism, using the knowledge they have gained they will build upon their learning to compare the two religions throughout the year (this will be done verbally).  Their learning will be practical when possible, designing temples, making Hindu Gods, performing puppet shows and making traditional Hindu sweets. Throughout their learning the children will watch short video clips to support and bring their learning to life.

Yr 3-

Building on from Year 2, children in Year 3 will continue to discover that most countries are populated with people from several religions. During their time in Year 3, they will be introduced to the religion of Judaism. They will discover Judaism is a faith and know that Jewish people live (almost) anywhere around the world. The children be will taught the key principles of Judaism, they will learn about the key stories that have helped shape the Jewish beliefs. Moving on from this, they will learn that a Synagogue is a holy place that Jew’s go to worship. Through this, they will recognise the significance of objects linked to the Jewish faith. Additionally, they will explore different key festivals and celebrations. Children will be able to recognise that Jews have been persecuted. Throughout the year, the children will discover, explore and consider different views through a range of creative, engaging and active activities.

Yr 4-

During year four the children will learn about the Religion of Buddhism. Building on their learning from year three the children will think more deeply about what being a Buddhist must mean to those who choose to follow this religion. They will learn about the History of the Religion and how it has grown and developed. Children will explore the main cultural traditions but also recognise that Buddhism itself has many different groups within. The children will meditate and explore what it means to them and how such aspects of this religion are still relevant and becoming more so today (such as veganism, saving the planet, mindfulness). Children will also recognise the similarities from their learning in year two of Hinduism, they will be encouraged throughout the year to draw on and refresh their memories. 

Yr 5-

In year 5, the children will learn about the Religion of Islam and a Muslim’s way of life. They will learn about the Islamic beliefs, focusing on key stories about the Prophet Mohamed, their belief in one true God and the key festivals they celebrate. They will understand how the religion influences a Muslim’s way of life and their routines, following the 5 pillars and the Qur’an. In addition, the children will explore identity, values belonging and diversity, concentrating on their dress codes, respect for others and elders and their strong belief in charity work to help others; they will explore the attitudes towards the religion and consider how what they can do to help address the misconceptions people have about Islam. The children will use their new knowledge to compare Islamic religion to previous religions they have been taught at Whirley, to deepen their understanding of both Islam and the other religions.  Year 5 children will respect all religions and will be provided with opportunities for them to gain knowledge about Islam through role play, writing, artwork and discussions with a Muslim from the local community.

Yr 6-

In year 6, the children will learn about the Sikhism beliefs and ways of life. They will use this new knowledge to make comparisons between Sikhism and the other religions they have explored in their time at Whirley, as well as their own beliefs. Children will learn about the Sikh teachings, focusing how these are expressed through the lives of Gurus. They will understand the Sikh ways of life through symbols (The 5 Ks), thoughts, actions and daily lives. Additionally, they will explore identity, values, belonging and diversity, in particular the importance of ethical behaviour within the religion. These values will be learnt through independent research and role play. There will be opportunities for children to understand the religion through art work, writing and role-play.

Year 6 children will respect all religions and confidently discuss how beliefs are central to many peoples lives, both in the UK and the wider world. The theme of religion runs strongly through the year 6 history topic, highlighting how beliefs were central amongst The Viking community and how these changed over time.

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Whirley Primary School

Whirley Road
SK10 3JL

Main Contact: Amanda Edwards - Head Teacher

Tel: 01625 783815

SEN Contact: Rebecca Gregory - SENDco