Religious Education

The purpose of the RE curriculum is to support the development of children’s knowledge around a range of religious values and contribute to their social, moral, cultural and spiritual (SMSC) learning. This enables children to interpret and respond to a variety of concepts, beliefs and practices within religions and to their own and others’ cultural and life experiences.  

At Mengham Junior School RE is taught as a discrete lesson supported by activities in our wider community. This takes the form of encountering religious stories, festivals, artefacts, places of worship, rituals and beliefs. It also supports reflections during our daily collective worship. We endeavour to provide children with real-life experiences and run trips to mosques, synagogues, churches and other places of worship throughout the year groups.  

Across the school a variety of concepts, beliefs and practices are shared and discussed during topics such as ‘Message’, ‘Sacred Okace, ‘Freedom’ and ‘Ceremony’. Each year group covers 6 units of work over the year (one per half term). The curriculum is based upon understanding, and responding to, the key concepts within the major religions and non-religious beliefs represented in Great Britain and other cultures. The units are planned using the Hampshire Living Difference III advice, resources and planning documents. We welcome visitors and believe that they make a valuable contribution to bringing learning to life by sharing their knowledge and life experiences.

We aim to give children the opportunity to: 

  • Describe the key aspects of religions through stories and traditions that influence their beliefs and values.
  • Identify and begin to describe the similarities and differences within and between religions.
  • Investigate the significance of religion in the local, national and global communities.
  • Consider meanings of religious expression.
  • Use specialist vocabulary in communicating knowledge and understanding.
  • Use a range of sources.
  • Reflect on what it means to belong to a faith community.
  • Respond to challenges both in their own lives and within religious traditions.
  • Discuss their own and others’ views of religious truth and belief.
  • Reflect on ideas of right and wrong and their own and others’ responses to them.

In order to ensure coverage across the curriculum, RE units encourage pupils to communicate their knowledge and understanding in a wide variety of formats. These include drama, art, literacy, music, ICT and dance.

Parents have the legal right to withdraw their child from part or all of the planned RE lessons. Children who are withdrawn will be set other tasks and supervised depending on the arrangements made on an individual basis.

Teachers also have the right to withdraw from teaching RE. They must do so in writing to the Headteacher and Governors, who will arrange for these classes to be taught by another member of staff.


Mengham Junior School Subject Skills: RE CURRICULUM 2020-2021

Year Group

Autumn 1

Autumn 2

Spring 1

Spring 2

Summer 1

Summer 2

Year 3

Concept: Message

What can we discover about the message of Jesus?

P4C: The Indian and the Ice (from The Pig That Wants to be Eaten by Julian Baggini) (Evaluate)

Concept: Angels

Why are Angels important to Christians?

P4C: Matthew’s Gospel account of the Christmas story.  (Contextualise)

Concept: Sacred Place    JUADISM

What makes a place sacred? Trip to Synagogue

P4C:  Discuss and compare pupils’ personal sacred places. (Evaluate)

Concept: Suffering

What are the key events of the Holy Week?

P4C: Bible story (Evaluate)

 Concept: Authority      JUADISM

What does authority mean in a religious life?

P4C: What is the Torah? BBC Teach Clip  (Contextualise)

Concept: Prayer

How is prayer used in Judaism and Christianity?

P4C: The House of Wisdom by Florence Parry Heide (Evaluate)

Year 4

Concept: Temptation

What does it mean to do the right thing?

P4C: Aladdin – Cave of Wonders Forbidden Treasure clip (Communicate)


Concept: Holy

Who is Mary, mother of God?

P4C: Image of Mary and Jesus (Enquire)


Concept: Freedom JUADISM

What does freedom mean?

P4C: Henry’s Freedom Box by Ellen Levine and Kadir Nelson (Communicate)

Concept:  Ritual

What is the value of Paschal Candle ritual? Trip to Church  

P4C: Art – Fra Angelico’s Fresco of Christ (Contextualise)


Concept: Myth

What is a myth and what does it mean?

P4C: Collection of myths from different cultures and religions (Enquire)

Concept: Symbol

Why is the tree an important symbol?

P4C: The Garden of Eden (Contextualise)

Year 5

Concept: Belonging

What does belonging mean to me and to others?

P4C: Photographs of children/people being left out (Apply)

Concept: Interpretation

What does interpretation mean in the birth narratives?

P4C: The two birth narratives found in Matthew and Luke (Contextualise)

Concept: Stewardship

If we do not own the freshness of the air and the sparkle of the water, how can you buy them from us?

P4C: Carbon Monster by Katherine Wheatley (Contextualise)

Concept: Justice

How do stories of justice affect decisions made?

P4C: Stories around the concept of Justice and video clips (Enquire)

Concept: Sacred Place ISLAM

What does the Church and the Mosque mean to Christians and Muslims?Trip to Mosque

P4C:  Discuss and compare pupils’ personal sacred places. (Evaluate)

Concept: Umma  ISLAM

What is Umma and what does it mean to Muslims?

P4C: Our communities (Apply)


Year 6

Concept: Laws

Why might somebody call Jesus a law breaker?

P4C: Bible stories (Enquire)


Concept: Prophecy

Would it make a difference to Christians if the gifts were absent or different? Church/Cathedral trip

P4C: I am Henry Finch by Alexis Deacon (Apply)

Concept: Ritual ISLAM

How do Muslims incorporate ritual into Ramadan and Eid-ul-Fitr?

P4C: rituals make you who you are(Communicate)

Concept: Resurrection

Why is resurrection important to Christians?

P4C: The resurrection of Aslan (The Lion, the Witch and the Wardrobe) (Enquire)


Concept: Ceremony

What do we think about Death ceremonies?

P4C: The life and death of the leaf (Communicate)

Concept: Sacrifice ISLAM

What do Muslims celebrate at the festival of Eid-ul-Adha?

P4C: Lucky by David Mackintosh (Enquire)