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Religious Education (R.E.)

The RE curriculum at New Oscott Primary School is planned and delivered with careful consideration of our core values – honesty, respect, co-operation, kindness, determination and co-operation.  We value all our pupils as the unique individuals they are and endeavour to celebrate them through RE experiences, including collective worship and assemblies. We want our children to gain a wider knowledge of the world; to understand something about different communities and faiths; to respect differences and to be able to reflect on their own beliefs and values, religious or otherwise. We pride ourselves on being an inclusive school and we feel it is essential that our children learn about the diversity of the world around them.

The teaching of RE forms part of our school’s Spiritual, Moral, Social and Cultural (SMSC) Education.  It contributes towards a broad and balanced curriculum which promotes the spiritual, moral, social and cultural development of our pupils and helps to prepare them for life in a diverse world.  We encourage our children to share their experiences and to use the information they have from their family, communities, friends and the media to ask or answer questions.  RE is an opportunity to broaden our knowledge of different beliefs and to reflect on our own.  It enables our children to begin to make sense of the community and the world around them, and to draw comparisons between different religions, cultures and beliefs.

Find out more about the Intent, Implementation and Impact for our R.E. Curriculum in our Curriculum Expectations.

R.E. Curriculum Expectations                                                                                                                                                      

Early Years

Within Nursery and Reception RE is delivered through Personal, Social and Emotional Development (see the PSHE page for more details) and Understanding the World (UW). 

The Early Years Framework  identifies seven areas of learning and development that must shape educational programmes in early years settings, with UW being one of four areas which support the three prime areas of communication and language, physical development and personal, social and emotional development all of which are important for building a foundation for igniting children’s curiosity and enthusiasm for learning, forming relationships and thriving.

“Understanding the world involves guiding children to make sense of their physical world and their community. The frequency and range of children’s personal experiences increases their knowledge and sense of the world around them – from visiting parks, libraries and museums to meeting important members of society…. In addition, listening to a broad selection of stories, non-fiction, rhymes and poems will foster their understanding of our culturally, socially, technologically and ecologically diverse world. As well as building important knowledge, this extends their familiarity with words that support understanding across domains.”

(Statutory framework for the Early Years Foundation Stage - Setting the Standards for Learning, Development and Care for Children from birth to five, DfE, 31 March 2021)

At New Oscott Primary School the foundations of RE are delivered through planned activities, stories and child-led discussions. EYFS staff aim to support children in understanding and valuing the differences within our community. Throughout the year, many worldwide festivals are explored and children have opportunities to look at traditional objects, food, and consider similarities and differences between celebrations.  Children are encouraged to reflect on their families, special times and special places.


Key Stages 1 and 2

In Key Stages 1 and 2 each year group follows the Birmingham Agreed Syllabus for RE, which is supported by the Discovery RE Scheme of work.

Discovery RE is enquiry-based which advocates the holistic study on one religion/belief system at a time to avoid confusion. Throughout their time at New Oscott Primary School, our children will begin to identify similarities and draw comparisons between different faiths. Through a four step, enquiry based approach, they will draw upon their own experiences, as well as being given the opportunity to understand and respect the experiences of others, challenge ideas about religion and recognise intolerance.

Through investigation style lessons, our children will discuss different values and ideas to lead the learning from the initial enquiry. Each module is based on a question pertinent to the religion being studied. The children then use their own experiences to help them understand how and why different beliefs are followed. This allows the children to identify with differing ideas based on their own lives, making their learning more accessible and relevant to them.

For each year group, there are six enquiry modules based on the six principle religions. Christianity is taught as two of these units each year with the others varying slightly from year to year. This builds up a good understanding of each different religion over the years in a progressive way.

Units and lessons are tailored to suit our children and their backgrounds or beliefs, whilst meeting the national curriculum guidance for RE and promoting the spiritual, moral, cultural, mental, and physical development of our pupils.                                                                    


Every year group has a knowledge organiser for each individual unit which outlines the key question, core knowledge, key vocabulary and definitions, history/context and associated prior and future learning (the spiral curriculum).  Each unit is listed below within year groups.  Click on the link to access the relevant knowledge organiser.

Year 1

Autumn 1 - Christianity - The Creation Story

Autumn 2 - Christianity - Christmas and Gifts

Spring 1 - Christianity - Jesus as a Friend

Spring 2 - Christianity - Easter and Palm Sunday

Summer 1 - Judaism - Shabbat

Summer 2  - Judaism - Rosh Hashanah and Yom Kippur 























Year 2

Autumn 1 – Christianity – The Teachings of Jesus

Autumn 2 – Christianity – Christmas and Jesus as a  Gift

Spring 1 – Islam – Prayer at Home

Spring 2 – Christianity – Easter and Resurrection

Summer 1 – Islam – Community and Belonging

Summer 2 -  Islam - Hajj

Year 3

Autumn 1 – Hinduism - Divali

Autumn 2 – Christianity - Christmas

Spring 1 – Christianity – Jesus’ Miracles

Spring 2 – Christianity – Easter and Forgiveness

Summer 1 – Hinduism – Hindu Beliefs

Summer 2 -  Hinduism – Pilgrimage to the River Ganges

Year 4

Autumn 1 – Buddhism – Buddha’s Teachings

Autumn 2 – Christianity – The Nativity Story

Spring 1 – Buddhism – The Eight Fold Path

Spring 2 – Christianity – Easter and Salvation

Summer 1 – Buddhism – The Eight Fold Path in depth

Summer 2 -  Christianity – Prayer and Worship

Year 5

Autumn 1 – Sikhism – Belief in to Action

Autumn 2 – Christianity – The Christmas Story

Spring 1 – Sikhism – Beliefs and Moral Values

Spring 2 – Christianity – Easter and Salvation

Summer 1 – Sikhism – Prayer and Morals

Summer 2 -  Christianity – Beliefs and Practices

Year 6

Autumn 1 – Islam – Beliefs and Practices

Autumn 2 – Christianity – Christmas and Incarnation

Spring 1 – Christianity – Beliefs and Meaning

Spring 2 – Christianity – Easter and the Gospel

Summer 1 – Islam – Beliefs and Moral Values

Summer 2 -  Islam – Beliefs and Moral Values


In September 2022 floor books were introduced to record lessons and learning.  One book is shared between a year group and teachers use a variety of recording methods to reflect the pupils discussions or work and the outcome of lessons.  At the end of each unit assessment ideas are provided via the Discovery scheme and teachers can select the most suitable way to assess their class to inform future planning.  These assessments can take the form of written activities, class discussions and targeted questioning, dependent on the unit of work and the children’s needs.

Pupil Voice

When asked about R.E, our pupils say ....

At New Oscott we understand the importance of reading and love to promote reading in our foundation subjects.  Have a look at our RE reading spine, which gives suggestions of age appropriate books for RE.

Some suggestions of books to support RE themes