Religious Education (RE)

Religious Education (R.E.)

Religious education is taught as a compulsory subject in every year group in age appropriate manner. At Queens’ federation we follow the ‘Cambridgeshire Agreed Syllabus’ and the ‘Discovery R.E.’ framework. Both these frameworks are based on an enquiry approach to religion. Each unit is designed with a core questions which is then learned about, explored and discussed. Through this method of enquiry children will become familiar with different beliefs, worship and celebrations.

In Key stage 1 children approach R.E. through experiences and feelings they are familiar with. Subsequently they are able to relate these to questions about other religions.

In Key Stage 2 children are encouraged to engage with and openly discuss their understanding and opinions of religions and their philosophies, through an enquiry based approach.

Yearly Overview

Unlike literacy and maths, R.E. is often taught through a full day or week’s learning on a specific question enquiring into a religion and its practices. This gives the children the opportunity to engage fully with the topic. The principal religions within the local community and the UK will be covered in different year groups. The information below outlines in more detail the religions and questions covered in each year group. Many students will be given the opportunity to take part in philosophy sessions or clubs. Research has shown that philosophy aids deeper thinking and academic engagement.

    Autumn Term Spring Term Summer Term
KS1 Year 1

The Family in Christianity
What difference does belonging
to a faith make to a family?

People in Christianity
Who was Jesus? A great leader
and teacher?

What did Jesus teach? Is it possible
to be kind to everyone all the time?

Why is Christmas important to Christians?

Palm Sunday
Why was Jesus welcomed like a king on palm Sunday?

Community and belonging


Year 2

Places in Christianity
What makes a church a special place for Christian people?

Stories and Symbols – Sikhism
Are Sikh stories important today? 

Judaism Passover
How special is the relationship Jews have with God? 


Chanukah rites of passage 

Is it true that Jesus came back to life again? 

Self and community
How does the Khalsa influence the lives of Sikh families? 

 MiddleYrs  Year 3

Christian worship
How and why are churches different? 

How can Brahman be everywhere and in everything? 


Has Christmas lost it’s true meaning?

Would visiting the River Ganges feel special to a non Hindu?
What is good about Good Friday?

Creation stories
What do different cultures believe about the creation of the world?

  Year 4

Christian People
Who are the ‘Saints of God’ and why are they important?


Christianity and miracles
Could Jesus really heal people?


 Islam Belonging, commitment and Hajj
Does completing Hajj make a person a better person?



What is the most significant part of the nativity story for Christians today?


Is forgiveness always possible?

Islam Prayer
Why is prayer important to Muslims and not for some people?

Later Yrs Year 5

How important is it for Jewish people to do what God asks then to do?


Christianity in other parts of the world
What is it like to be in Vellore?

Ultimate Questions



Christianity and Judaism
Is religion what you say or what you do?

Ultimate Questions


Beliefs and Practices
What is the best way for Christians to show a commitment to God?


  Year 6

Just War
Were we right to fight?


Beliefs and Actions in the World
What key beliefs influence people’s faith and how do people of faith live out their lives? Easter



What does it mean to be a Buddhist? Can we all be enlightened



Who do people say I am?


Examining the resurrection accounts Did God want to die?

Moving on


Chinese New Year 
The Foundation Stage celebrate Chinese New Year together choosing activities in all the classrooms, such as, making fans, banners, finding the longest noodle, copying Chinese writing and making lanterns. The Reception children created their own dragon dance at the end of the day.
Celebrating Diwali in Reception
Children spent the day choosing activities from both classes and dancing to Indian music in the outside area. They made Rangoli patterns, Mendhi patterns on hand shapes, cooked chapattis and made clay divas. Children sat together outside, on a lovely sunny day, to try the chapattis. We were very pleased that one of our parents could come in and tell us how they celebrated Diwali at home.
Examples of Work
Across the federation R.E. is taught through a variety of methods. The examples below demonstrate written work and more practical activities.
Key Stage 1

Middle Years


Later Years




Information for Parents

At Queens’ federation we openly encourage parents, other relations and members of specific faiths to come in to provide a personal and accurate explanation of their beliefs. These experiences are invaluable to the children and their understanding, due to the fact that they hear first-hand what it means to be part of different faith communities. If you would be interested in helping out in this way please speak to your class teacher or the R.E. co-ordinator of your school which are Miss Halliwell (Queen Emma) and Miss Cooper (Queen Edith).




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