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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 Agreed Syllabus for Religious Education in Surrey Schools. The main aims of the Agreed Syllabus 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 Christianity, and of the other principal religions and 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.

Curriculum Map for 2020 - 2021


Autumn 1

Autumn 2

Spring 1

Spring 2

Summer 1

Summer 2


Year 1

Why should we look after our world?

Why is Christmas so important to Christians?

What do Christians believe God is like?

Who is Jesus?

Why did Jesus tell parables?

What do eggs have to do with Easter?

What is the Torah, and why is it important to Jews?

Why do Jewish families celebrate Shabbat?

Year 2

Is the world a fair place?

What does the Christmas story tell Christians about Jesus?

Why is the Bible an important book for Christians?

Why is ‘Church’ important to Christians?

Why do Christians call Jesus ‘Saviour’?

Why is Easter important to Christians?

Who is Allah, and how do Muslins worship him?

What is important to Muslim families?


Year 3

Why do Christians call God ‘Father’?

How does the Bible reveal God’s rescue plan?

Why are presents given at Christmas – and what might Jesus think?

What are important times for Jews?

Easter - What happened – and what matters most to Christians?

How did Jesus change lives?

How did the Church begin?

Why do Christians share communion?

Year 4

How can a synagogue help us understand the Jewish Faith?

How can artists help us understand Christmas?

Why is praying important for Christians?

How does Lent help Christians prepare for Easter?

Is Christian worship the same all around the world?

What do Sikhs value?

Year 5

Why did Jesus say ‘I AM’?

Why is light an important sign at Christmas?

How did Jesus’ teaching challenge people?

How do Christians know what happened at Easter?

How can a mosque help us to understand the Muslim faith?

How do the pillars of Islam help Muslims live a good life?

Year 6

What helps Hindus to worship?

How is God three – and yet one?


What do the Gospels say about the birth of Jesus – and why is it ‘good news’?

Adam, Eve, Christmas, Easter: What are the connections?

What is the ‘golden rule’? – and are they all the same?

What is the ‘Buddhist way of life’?

How can churches help us to understand Christian belief?

Did Jesus have to die?