Religious Education

At Houghton Regis Primary School, Religious Education (RE) is delivered through the agreed Bedfordshire SACRE syllabus 2018-2023. The aim of Religious Education in our school is to contribute educationally to the development of pupils as individuals and members of society by fostering a reflective approach to life in the context of a growing understanding of the experiences, attitudes, beliefs and religious practices of humanity. Religious Education is taught within cross-curricular topic work themes and as a separate subject on the timetable. Schemes of work are devised for each year group in the school to ensure children are receiving a broad and balanced curriculum. Pupils are given the opportunity to build their knowledge base through RE, and to understand how beliefs and practices connect, so that pupils are able to build effectively on prior learning as they progress through our school.

At Houghton Regis Primary we believe Religious Education will:

The threefold aim of RE:

We use the threefold aim for RE and the taught, throughout all years, reflect the following aims:

Make sense of a range of religious and non-religious beliefs, so that they can:

Houghton Regis Primary school Religious Education – Curriculum Overview

Autumn 1 Autumn 2 Spring 1 Spring 2 Summer 1 Summer 2
Year 1 What do Christians believe God is like? Why does Christmas matter to Christians? How and why do we celebrate special times? Who is an inspiring person? What stories inspire Christian, Muslim and/or Jewish people? Why does Easter matter to Christians? What makes some places special? What can we learn from sacred books and stories?
Year 2 What is the ‘good news’ Christians believe Jesus brings? How and why do we celebrate significant times? What makes some celebrations sacred to believers? Who is Jewish? What do they believe and how do they live? How do we show we care for others? Why does it matter? How do we show we care for the Earth? Why does it matter?
Year 3 What are the deeper meanings of the festivals?


How do festivals and worship show what matters to Muslims?


How and why do people try to make the world a better place? What kind of world did Jesus want? How is faith expressed in Hindu communities and traditions? 
Year 4 What is the ‘Trinity’ and why is it important for Christians? Why do some people think life is like a journey? How and why do people mark the significant events of life? How is faith expressed in Sikh communities and traditions? For Christians, what was the impact of Pentecost? Where, how and why do people worship?
Year 5 How does faith enable resilience? How do Christians decide how to live? ‘What would Jesus do?’ How and why do some people inspire others?

Examples from religions

What does it mean if Christians believe God is holy and loving? How is faith expressed in Islam?
Year 6 Justice and poverty: why does faith make a difference? What will make our community a more respectful place? Creation and science: conflicting or complementary? Why do some people believe in God and some people not?


Values: What matters most to Humanists and Christians?


Study of a specific religion, therefore, whole term needed.


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