RE

"This is my simple religion. There is no need for temples; no need for complicated philosophy. Our own brain, our own heart is our temple; the philosophy is kindness." Dalai Lama (Spiritual Leader)

RE is an important subject in developing an individual's knowledge and understanding of the religions and beliefs as well as developing their cultural and spiritual awareness. In addition to this, RE plays an important role in preparing children for life-long learning and becoming a citizen of the world.

At Priors Hall, we follow the PlanBee RE scheme which is a progressive enquiry-based scheme of learning. We aim to encourage children to question and explore different aspects of religion by exploring different beliefs and cultures through learning enquiries. Our curriculum meets the statutory requirements in the Agreed Syllabus for R.E in Northamptonshire.

Children will learn about the 6 main world religions whilst understanding there are other denominations: Christianity, Judaism, Islam, Sikhism, Hinduism and Buddhism.

Curriculum Coverage

Autumn TermSpring TermSummer Term
ReceptionUnderstanding the World:
People, Cultures and Communities:
Know some similarities and differences between different religious and cultural communities in this country, drawing on own experiences and what has been read in class.
• Continue developing positive attitudes about the differences between people
• Understand that some places are special to members of their community
• Recognise that people have different beliefs and celebrate special times in different ways.
Will follow EYFS. Minimum 30 hours framework teacher-led activities.
Year 1Our wonderful worldSpecial booksWhat do Hindus celebrate?
Year 2Christmas celebrationsWhat do Muslims celebrate?Who was Buddha?
Year 3Jewish celebrationsWhat is the Bible?Sikh rites of passage
Year 4Islamic rites of passageWhy is Easter important?Identity and belonging
Year 5Buddhist worship and beliefsStories of HindusBelief in our community
Year 6What is a church?Sikh worship and communityWhat happens when we die?

Progression across the curriculum

Throughout a child's journey at Priors Hall, they will develop key sporting skills and knowledge to support further learning at secondary school and a life-long enjoyment of an active lifestyle.

For more information on our curriculum's skills and knowledge progression, please see the following document:

RE Progression Document

Here are the Big Questions and Need to Know knowledge for RE

Collective Worship and SMSC

To increase awareness of the different faith communities within our school, we have learnt about:

  • Harvest by collecting donations for our Local Foodbank.
  • Diwali by creating and learning about Rangoli patterns, Diya Lamps and Puja trays and had a remote visit from Sita Garala.
  • Remembrance Day during class assemblies and by creating a whole school display of poppies and observing a minute’s silence to remember the lives lost during war.
  • World Religion Day where children had the opportunity to share their faith, beliefs and practices in a safe learning environment. The children enjoyed learning about one another and showed respect towards all children regardless of their faith and whether they were religious or not.  We held a competition which produced artwork which is displayed in our reception area.
  • Mother’s Day by learning about the Christian origins of Mothering Sunday and creating a token of our appreciation for the important people in our lives.
  • Easter in an assembly led by Kane Taylor (Weldon Parish Vicar) who spoke about the Easter story and why Christians celebrate Easter.  We celebrated the end of term by taking part in an Easter bonnet parade.

An example of 'Speed Faithing' during Faith Week

Visit from Kane Taylor to mark Easter

Our RE co-ordinator is: Mrs Blake. If you would like more information about our RE curriculum, please contact Mrs Blake on info@priorshallalc.com.