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Religious Education at Cringle Brook

and at our other Trust schools


The curriculum develops skills and knowledge of: expressing, believing and living in a diverse society. Learning about different religions should be seen as an act of friendship, to draw closer to others and their culture.

In Reception, the children understand that some places are special to members of their community. They explore and understand that people have different beliefs and celebrate special times in different ways. As part of understanding the world, the children continue to develop positive attitudes about the differences between people.

"Christians pray at the church. They have one God and they get baptised".

"Christians have a cross symbol. They have a holy book called the Bible".

In Year 1, the children learn about the religions of Christianity, Sikhism and Islam. In Christianity, the children understand what a Christian believes and which places are special to Christians and why they are special.

In Year 1, the children  visit St Margaret's Church


In Year 2, the children learn about the religions of Hinduism, Judaism and Buddhism. In Hinduism, the children  understand that a Mandir is a sacred place for Hindus and they investigate Hindu beliefs and see how they are conveyed in books.

The children retold the story of Rama and Sita and explained why the story is special in Hinduism. They also visited the Gita Bhavan Hindu Temple

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"The story of Rama and Sita teaches you about kindness and that light wins over dark".

"Hindus have a holy book called the Vedas".

"Sikhs and Muslims both have something to believe in. They all have holy books. The Islam holy book is called the Quran".

In Year 3, the children learn about the religions of Islam, Christianity and Sikhism. In Islam, the children learn why the Quran is important to Muslims today and interpret some important stories from the Quran. The children also start to notice similarities and differences between Islam and other faiths.

The children retold the Islam creation story.


In Year 4, the children learn about the religions of Judaism, Hinduism and Buddhism. In Judaism, the children understand why the Torah is important to Jews today and what we can learn from the Jewish sacred books. They gain an understanding why Yom Kippur is an important festival for Jews. The children compare, noticing similarities and differences between Judaism and other faiths.


"In Judaism they have a holy place where they pray and its called a synagogue and in Islam they have a holy place where they pray and its called a Mosque".

The children visit the Synagogue, make and bake some traditional Challah bread and find out about some of the Jewish festivals.

In Year 5, the children look at what different people believe about God, what it means to be a Muslim in Britain today and Jesus’ teachings. The children look at the religions of Christianity, Islam, Sikhism, Hinduism, Buddhism and Judaism. They reflect on how religion plays and important role in the lives of some people and understand beliefs, teachings, practices and lifestyles and how these are conveyed. The children present different views on why people believe in God or not and compare this to their own values whilst remaining respectful of those with different values. They also visit a Sikh Temple

“Jesus is common to some religions however they see him differently. For example: Christians believe Jesus is the son of God, Muslims believe he is a prophet. Jews don’t believe in either”.


In Year 6, the children explore the beliefs and ideas about life and death, ethics and values and charity. The children look at religions of Christianity, Islam, Sikhism, Hinduism, Buddhism, Judaism and the humanist perspective. The children compare their values, beliefs and cultures to other people within their community and the wider world. Also, they express their views and opinions.

“Buddhists believe in the Buddha and they believe that you are reborn. There is no heaven or hell. Christians and Muslims believe in heaven and hell and they have a judgement day. Humanists have no belief in an afterlife and they seek happiness in this life.”

“Charity is important to all religions.”

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