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Religious Education

RE provokes challenging questions about meaning and purpose in life, beliefs about God, ultimate reality, issues of right and wrong and what it means to be human. Teaching should equip pupils with knowledge and understanding of a range of religions and world views,

enabling them to develop their ideas, values and identity. It should develop an aptitude for dialogue in pupils so that they can participate positively in our society which is diverse in relation to religions and world views. Pupils should learn how to study religions and world views systematically, making progress by reflecting on the impact of religions and world views on contemporary life locally, nationally and globally to increasing levels of complexity and depth. Pupils should gain and deploy the skills needed to interpret and evaluate evidence, texts and sources of wisdom or authority. They learn to articulate clear and coherent accounts of their personal beliefs, ideas, values and experiences while respecting the right of others to have different views, values and ways of life.

The Aim of RE in Sheffield
The curriculum for religious education aims to ensure that all our pupils:

Know about and understand a range of religions and world views, so that they can: 

Describe, explain and analyse beliefs and practices, recognising the diversity which exists within and between communities;
Identify, investigate and respond to questions posed by, and responses offered by some of the sources of wisdom found in religions and world views;

Appreciate and appraise the nature, significance and impact of different ways of life and ways of expressing meaning.


Express ideas and insights about the nature, significance and impact of religions and world views, so that they can: 

Explain reasonably their ideas about how beliefs, practices and forms of expression influence individuals and communities;

Express with increasing discernment their personal reflections and critical responses to questions and teachings about identity, diversity, meaning and value. 

Appreciate and appraise varied dimensions of religion.

Gain and deploy the skills needed to engage seriously with religions and world views, so that they can:

 Find out about and investigate key concepts and questions of belonging, meaning, purpose and truth, responding creatively;
 Enquire into what enables different communities to live together respectfully for the wellbeing of all;
Articulate beliefs, values and commitments clearly in order to explain reasons why they may be important in their own and other people’s lives.

Within School we follow the Sheffield Agreed RE policy- please see below.


Autumn Term

Spring Term

Summer Term

Year 1

“Myself: Who am I?” Harvest Festival




“Celebrations: What matters to Christians at Christmas?”

“What stories about Moses do Jewish and Christian people love to remember?”


“Celebrations: “How do Christians celebrate Easter?”

Who celebrates what and why?  Id ul Fitr




“The power to make a difference. What can we learn from stories and prayers of Jesus?”

Year 2

“What makes some places special? Churches, Mosques and Synagogues:

“Beginning to learn about Islam: Muslims and Mosques.”


“Why are some people good leaders? What makes some people inspiring to others?” Rabbi Vicar and Imam

Belonging: “Belonging to a community: Where do Jews, Muslims and Christians belong? Where do I belong?”



Symbols of Easter: What does Easter mean to Christians?”


Believing: “I Wonder: Questions about God”






Believing: How and why do people pray? (Christians, Muslims and Jewish people)

Year 3 and Year 4 RE overview


Autumn Term

Spring Term

Summer Term

Cycle A

Beliefs and questions:

How do Christian people’s beliefs about God, the world and others have an impact on their lives?

Religion, family and community: Prayer

How do religious families and communities live out their faith?

The journey of life and death:

Why do some people think life is like a journey? Where do we go? What do people think about life after death?

Cycle B

Inspirational people in today’s world:

What can we learn from great leaders and inspiring examples in today’s world?

Symbols and religious expression:

How do people express their religious and spiritual ideas on pilgrimages?

Inspirational people from long ago:

What can we learn from inspiring leaders who started religions?


Year 5 and Year 6 RE overview


Autumn Term

Spring Term

Summer Term

Cycle A

Religion and the


What is expected of a person in following a religion or belief?

Beliefs and questions:

How do people’s beliefs about God, the world and others have impact on their lives?

Worship and sacred places: Where, how and why do people worship?

Cycle B

Teachings, wisdom and authority:

What do sacred texts and other sources say about God, the world and human life? What can we learn by reflecting on words of wisdom from religions and worldviews

Religion, family and community:

What contributions do religions make to local life in Sheffield? How can we make Sheffield a city of tolerance and respect?

Beliefs in action in the world:

How do religions and beliefs respond to global issues of human rights, fairness, social justice and the importance of the environment?