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Religious Education (RE)

Religious Education Intent


At Colburn School we believe that our pupils should acquire the knowledge and understanding of different religions in order to live side by side, displaying mutual respect, understanding and friendship in their own communities and as citizens in a pluralistic society and global community.


We believe that religious education is an entitlement for all pupils, irrespective of social background, culture, race, religion, gender, differences in ability and disabilities. This entitlement contributes to their developing knowledge, skills, understanding and attitudes. These are necessary for pupils’ self-fulfilment and development as active and responsible citizens.


Our scheme of work provokes challenging questions about the ultimate meaning and purpose of life, beliefs about God, issues of right and wrong and what it means to be human. It develops pupils’ knowledge and understanding of Christianity, of other principal religions, other religious traditions and world views. It challenges pupils to reflect on, consider, analyse, interpret and evaluate issues of truth, belief, faith and ethics and to communicate their responses.


Religious education has an important role in preparing pupils for adult life, employment and lifelong learning. It enables pupils to develop respect for and sensitivity to others, in particular those whose faith and beliefs are different from their own. It promotes discernment and enables pupils to combat prejudice.

RE Long Term Plan 2021-2022


Year 1

Year 2

Year 3

Year 4

Year 5

Year 6


Who is a Christian and what do they believe?

Who is Jewish and what do they believe?

Who is a Hindu and what do they believe?

Who is a Buddhist and what do they believe?

Who is a Muslim and what do they believe?

Who is a Sikh and what do they believe?


Advent – how do Christian families prepare for Christmas?

Why is Christmas ‘good news’ for Christians?


Why is Mary such an important part of the nativity story?

Why is light an important symbol of Christmas?

The Prince of Peace – what is peace?


Is Christmas only for Christians?



Why is the Bible special to Christians?

What does it mean to belong to a faith community?

Why do people pray?


Why is Jesus inspiring to some people?


If God is everywhere, why go to a place of worship?

What do religions say to us when life gets hard?

What are Lent and Easter customs?


What do Christians remember on Palm Sunday?

Why is the Last Supper so important to Christians?

How are suffering and hope linked in the Easter story?

How do Easter celebrations compare with other Spring festivals?

How do the Gospels express the power and hope in the Easter Story?


What can we learn about Christianity from visiting a church?



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

Why are festivals important to religious communities?


What can we learn from religions about deciding what is right and wrong?

What would Jesus do? (Can we live by the values of Jesus in the twenty-first century?)

Is it better to express your religion in arts and architecture or in charity and generosity?

Y1 are learning about Christianity and visited St Cuthbert's Church in Colburn.

Y3 Visit To Our Local Church