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Religious Education

Religious Education has a significant role in developing pupils’ spiritual, moral, social and cultural development. It promotes respect and open-mindedness towards others with different faiths and beliefs and encourages pupils to develop their sense of identity and belonging through self-awareness and reflection. It also allows children to investigate and reflect on some of the most fundamental questions asked by people. The principle aim of Religious Education (RE) is to engage pupils in an enquiry approach where they can develop an understanding and appreciation for the expression of beliefs, cultural practices and influence of principle religions and worldviews in the local, national and wider global community.


At Thorpe Lea, we develop our children’s knowledge and understanding of the major world faiths. We enable children to develop a sound knowledge not only of Christianity but also of other world religions, especially those that are the main faiths of children within our school. Children reflect on what it means to have a faith and to develop their own spiritual knowledge and understanding. We help the children to learn from religions as well as about religions.


At Thorpe Lea, we base our R.E. lessons around the Discovery RE scheme. The main aims of this scheme are to enable pupils to:

  • Demonstrate an appreciation of the nature of religion and belief and the important contribution of religious and spiritual insights and values to the individual’s search for meaning in life, whilst acknowledging that this may also come from a non-religious perspective.
  • Develop knowledge and understanding of all principal religions during their time at Thorpe Lea as well as the beliefs represented in Great Britain, both through their history and their contemporary diverse expressions.
  • Develop interest in and enthusiasm for the study of religion and beliefs and enhance their own spiritual, moral, social and cultural development.
  • Develop the ability to make reasoned, informed and creative responses to religious and moral issues.
  • Recognise the influence of beliefs, values and traditions on the individual, on culture and on communities throughout the world.
  • Develop critical, evaluative thinking skills which are crucial skills for pupils both now and in their futures beyond education.

Curriculum Map for 2020 - 2021

NB: Modules from the Agreed Surrey Syllabus were taught in the Autumn Term as this was prior to starting the Discover RE scheme.


Spring 1

Spring 2

Summer 1

Summer 2

Year 1

Was it always easy for Jesus to show friendship?

Why was Jesus welcomed like a king or celebrity by the crowds on Palm Sunday?

Is Shabbat important to Jewish?

Are Rosh Hashanah and Yom Kippur important to Jewish children?

Year 2

Does praying at regular intervals help a Muslim in his/ her everyday life?

How important is it to Christians that Jesus came back to life after His crucifixion?

Does going to a Mosque give Muslims a sense of belonging?

What is the best way for a Jew to show commitment to God?

Year 3

Could Jesus heal people? Were these miracles or is there some other explanation?

What is ‘good’ about Good Friday?

How can Brahman be everywhere and in everything?

Would visiting the River Ganges feel special to a non-Hindu?

Year 4

Can the Buddha’s teachings make the world a better place?

Is forgiveness always possible for Christians?

What is the best way for a Buddhist to lead a good life?

Do people need to go to church to show they are Christians?

Year 5

Are Sikh stories important today?

How significant is it for Christians to believe God intended Jesus to die?

What is the best way for a Sikh to show commitment to God?

What is the best way for a Christian to show commitment to God?

Year 6

 Is it possible for everyone to be happy?

Is Christianity still a strong religion 2000 years after Jesus was on Earth?

Does belief in Akhirah (life after death) help Muslims lead good lives?