Religious Education

The key aim of the Religious Education at Sleights is to explore big questions about life, in order to find out what people believe and what difference this makes to how they live, so that pupils can make sense of religion and worldviews, reflecting on their own ideas and ways of living.

As a Church school, we consider Religious Education as a core subject in our curriculum. Children of all faiths and non explore the similarities and differences of worldviews and religions, asking questions, making links and drawing comparisons from the content they learn or investigate.

At Sleights, Religious Education is taught following the North Yorkshire Agreed Syllabus (2019), which combines resources from ‘Understanding Christianity’ materials. 

The full syllabus can be downloaded here: North Yorkshire Agreed Syllabus 2019-2024


Religious Education Long Term Plan


Term 1

Term 2

Term 3

Term 4

Term 5

Term 6

Year R

Being Special: Where do we belong?

Why is Christmas special for Christians?

Why is the word God so important to Christians?

Why is Easter special to Christmas?

What places are special and why?

What times/stories are special and why?

Year 1

What does it mean to belong to a faith community?

What do Christians believe God is like?

Who is Jewish and what do they believe?

Who do Christians say made the world?

How should we care for the world.  for others, and why does it matter?

Year 2

Who is a Muslim and what do they believe?

Why does Christmas matter to Christians?

What is a Muslim and what do they believe? (Part 2)

Why does Easter matter to Christians?

What is the ‘good news’ Christians believe Jesus brings?

What makes some places sacred?

Year 3

What do Christians learn from the Creation story?

What is it like for someone to follow God?

Why do people pray?

Why are festivals important to religious communities?

What kind of world did Jesus want?

What can we learn from religions about deciding what is right and wrong?

Year 4

What is the Trinity and why is it important to Christians?

What does it mean to be Hindu in Britain today?

What does it mean to be Hindu in Britain today?

Why do Christians call the day Jesus died ‘Good Friday’?

What was the impact of Pentecost?

Why do some people think that life is a journey and what significant experiences mark this?

Year 5

What does it mean if Christians believe God is holy and loving?

Why do Christians believe Jesus was the Messiah?

What does it mean to be Muslim in Britain today?

Christians and how to live: ‘What would Jesus do?’

What matters most to Humanists and Christians?

Year 6

Why do some people believe in God and some people not?

Creation and science: conflicting or complementary?

Is it better to express your belief in arts and architecture or in charity and generosity?

What do Christians believe Jesus did to ‘save’ people?

For Christians, what kind of King is Jesus?

What do religions say to people when life is hard?

Statement of Religious Intent

The children at Sleights will be provided with a Religious Education curriculum offer designed to teach pupils to:

  • Know about and understand a range of religions and worldviews, so that they can:
    • Describe, explain and analyse beliefs and practices, recognising the diversity which exists within and between communities and amongst individuals
    • Identify, investigate and respond to questions posed, and responses, offered by some of the sources of wisdom found in religions and worldviews
    • Appreciate and appraise the nature, significance and impact of different ways of life and ways of expressing meaning.
  • Express ideas and insights and nature, significance and impact of religions and worldviews, 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 valuing, including ethical issues.
    • Appreciate and appraise varied dimensions of religion.
  • Gain and deploy the skills needed to engage seriously with religions and worldviews, 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 individuals and communities to live together respectfully for the wellbeing of all
    • Articulate beliefs, values and commitments clearly in order to explain why they may be important in their own and other people’s lives.

Statement of Religious Implementation

  • Religious Education will be taught as a discrete subject and will allow children to comment, question or explore the viewpoints and ideas of others.
  • Religious Education will be taught using practical, hands on tasks, as well as discussions, resources, debates and visits, or visitors.
  • Religious Education outcomes will be recorded through photographs, discussions, written evidence etc. across individual pieces of work and class ‘Big Books’.