Religious Education

Thornton-in-Craven Community Primary school follows the North Yorkshire Agreed Syllabus for Religious Education. 


This curriculum for RE aims to ensure that all pupils:

1.  Know about and understand a range of religiong 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

2. Express ideas and insights about the 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 value, including ethical issues 
  • appreciate and appraise varied dimensions of religion

3. Gain and deply 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 
  • inquire into what enables different individuals and communities to live together respectfully for the well-being 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

We believe that it is important for all our pupils to learn from and about religion, so that they can understand the world around them. The aim of Religious Education in our school is to help children to acquire and develop knowledge and understanding of Christianity and the other principal religions represented in Great Britain; to appreciate the way that religious beliefs shape life and behaviour, develop the ability to make reasoned and informed judgements about religious and moral issues and enhance their spiritual, moral, social and cultural development.

Religious Education is taught throughout the school in such a way as to reflect the overall aims, values, and philosophy of the school, through topics such as Justice and Freedom and Heroes/ Heroines in everyday life.

It plays an important role, along with all other curriculum areas, particularly PSHCE, in promoting social awareness and understanding in our children. We encourage our pupils to ask questions about the world and to reflect on their own beliefs, values and experiences. We include and promote British values, ensuring that children are aware of their rights and responsibilities as UK citizens.

Our curriculum is designed to encourage creativity, imagination, enquiry, debate, discussion and independence.


  • 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 or class ‘Big Books’.

RE Whole School Long Term Plan 

    Autumn 1 Autumn 2 Spring 1 Spring 2 Summer 1 Summer 2
EYFS   F1 - Which stories are special and why? F2 - Which people are special and why? F3 - Which places are special and why? F4 - Which times are special and why? F5 - Where do I belong? F6 - What is special about our world?
Year 1/2 A 1.7 - What does it mean to belong to a Faith Community? 1.6 - How and why do we celebrate special and sacred times (Christian fesitvals e.g. Christmas) 1.1 - Who is a Christian and what do they believe? 1.5 - What makes some places sacred?
  B 1.8 - How should we care for others and the world and why does it matter? 1.6 - How and why do we celebrate special and sacred times (Diwali and other festivals) 1.2 - Who is a Muslim and what do they believe? 1.4 - How can we learn from sacred books?
Year 3/4 A L2.7 - What does it mean to be a Christian in Britain today? L2.1 - What do different people believe about God? (Hindus and Muslims) L2.5 - Why are festivals important to religious communities? (Easter) L2.4 - Why do people pray? L2.2 - Why is the Bible so important for Christians today?
  B L2.8 - What does it mean to be a Hindu in Britain today? L2.9 - What can we learn from religions about deciding what is right and wrong? L2.3 - Why is Jesus inspiring to some people? L2.5 - Why are festivals important to religious communities? Eid L2.6 - Why do some people think that life is like a journey and what significant experiences mark this?
Year 5/6 A U2.1 - Why do some poeple think God exists? U2.4 If God is everywhere, why go to a place of worship? Visit to Mandir/Church U2.2 What would Jesus do? (can we live by the values of Jesus in 21st Century?) U2.3 - What do religions say to us when life gets hard?
  B U2.5 - Is it better to express your beliefs in architecture or in charity and generosity? U2.8 - What difference does it make to believe in ahimsa, grace and/or Ummah? U2.7 - What matters most to Christians and Humanists? U2.6 - What does it mean to be a Muslim in Britain today? (Mosque)



The children at Thornton-in-Craven Community Primary school enjoy learning lots about other religions and why people choose, or choose not to follow a religion.  Through their R.E. learning, the children are able to make links between their own lives and those of others in their community and in the wider world.  R.E. acts as a hub, therefore, between social aspects of learning, science and geography.  Through R.E. our children are developing an understanding of other people’s cultures and ways of life, which they are then able to communicate to the wider community.  It helps to link our small village primary school to the much bigger, multi-cultural world around us.

R.E. offers our children the means by which to understand how other people choose to live and to understand why they choose to live in that way.  As such, R.E. is invaluable in an ever changing and shrinking world