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The purpose of RE at Craneswater is to support children in developing their own beliefs, values and principles, and to support their spiritual, moral, social and cultural development. We believe our children have the right to think and feel what they want and should have the freedom to express this within a safe and encouraging environment.

Through our teaching we aim to:

  • Give the children confidence to interpret, evaluate and respond to differing values, beliefs and practices within religions;

  • Foster mutual understanding between children of differing religious and cultural backgrounds;

  • Encourage the children to share their own and others’ cultural and life experiences;

  • Encourage the children to apply their own beliefs and values to situations in their own and others’ lives;

  • Extend their thinking and analytical skills and also their creative, imaginative and emotional development.

We hope to achieve this through:

  • Class discussions

  • Creative activities

  • Visits from members of the community

  • Trips to places of worship or interest

  • Year group performances 


Year 3

Autumn 1


Baptism: Belonging

Concept of belonging
Belonging to the Christian church and the Baptism ceremony

Visit Trinity Church for baptism demonstration

Autumn 2


Christmas: Madonna
and child

Concept of holiness
Looking at Mary’s role in the Christmas story
Mary as a holy figure today

Spring 1

Symbols: Trees

Concept of symbols in religion
Trees as a symbol of new life and growth

Spring 2

Easter story

Concept of forgiveness and sacrifice
Easter story through the event of the last
Easter performance

Summer 1


What is sacred?
Sacred spaces
Temples and shrines
Buddhism focus


Summer 2



Buddhist artefacts 

Year 5

Autumn 1


Sacred (Islam)

The Mosque: What is faith?

How do Muslims express their faith in a mosque?

What is my opinion of how Muslims express their faith in the Mosque? When do you have faith in someone or something and/or when has someone had faith in you?

On what occasions and in what situations is faith affected?


Autumn 2

Prophecy (Christianity)

The Magi 

Magi and their gifts: What was the Magi prophecy?

What does prophecy mean?

On what occasions are prophecies significant?


Spring 1


Identity (Christianity)

Eucharist: What does identity mean? How do Christians show identity during Eucharist?

On what occasions is identity significant?


Spring 2


Sacrifice (Christianity)

What does Easter mean?

What does symbol mean?

What does it mean to Christians? On what occasions is the empty cross significant?


Summer 1


Ritual (Islam)

Ramadan and Eid-UlFitr: On what occasions is faith affected?

What happens during Ramadan? How do people feel when rituals are changed?


Summer 2


Justice (Christianity and Islam)

Stories of Justice in Christianity and Islam

Year 4

Autumn 1



Concept of creation

Creation stories from world religions Christianity focus


Autumn 2



Concept of anticipation linked to Advent

Christianity focus


Spring 1



Jesus’ teachings and messages

Christianity focus


Spring 2



Concept of ritual linked to Paschal Candle and Easter

Christianity focus


Summer 1



Stones as symbols

Buddhism focus


Summer 2


Dukkha (Suffering)

Buddhist teaching

Dharma day

Year 6

Autumn 1



To understand the concept of incarnation

To understand the importance of incarnation to Christians


Autumn 2


To compare the birth narratives in Matthew & Luke’s Gospels

To investigate the use of symbolism in modern culture and its origins in the Christian religion


Spring 1



To investigate the concept of submission

To apply the concept of submission to The Five Pillars of Islam


Spring 2



To understand the importance of resurrection to Christians

To identify symbolism related to Easter


Summer 1



To investigate authority in everyday life

To explore Muhammad and the Qur’an

To evaluate the significance of authority


Summer 2


Rites of Passage

To communicate rites of passage

To explore how different religions express their ideas about rites of passage

To evaluate significant rites of passage

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