RE Statement of Intent for CMS

We want Religion to encourage our pupils to understand the wide and diverse culture which we live in. Our religious education curriculum allows our pupils to develop knowledge and understanding of many different religious beliefs, traditions and practices. To explore what people believe and what difference this makes to how they live,  reflecting on their own ideas and ways of living.  We want to enable our pupils to combat prejudice , prepare them for adult life, employment and life-long learning. 

Our RE intent aims to ensure that all pupils: 

  • will be encouraged to acquire a deeper knowledge of various religious beliefs and customs that form an integral part of British life in our ever-changing world.
  • benefit from opportunities to enhance their spiritual, moral , social and cultural development 
  • will develop a sense of self in the wider community through examining the nature of worship in local, national and global settings. 
  • will acquire a number of skills in religion, philosophy and ethics. 
  • recognise the right of people to hold diverse beliefs and values and to develop positive attitudes of tolerance and respect towards other people. 

Curriculum Across the Year 

In both KS2 and KS3 pupils receive one lesson of RE per week.

Key Components 


Year 5 Belonging and the Christian Church  Extend knowledge of world religions through a study of Christianity. Explore Christian beliefs and practices. 
Judaism  Extend knowledge of world religions through an in depth study of Judaism. Explore Jewish beliefs and practices.
Sikhism  Extend knowledge of world religions through an in depth study of Sikhism. Examine Sikh beliefs and how such beliefs affect Sikh lifestyle.
Year 6 Jesus and his Teachings Examines the teachings of Jesus Christ and their importance to Christians. Explore how his teachings are relevant in today’s society. 
Creation  Explore the different views of the origins of the world we know today including different religions. 
Exploring Islam  Extend knowledge of world religions through an in depth study of Islam.  Investigate Muslim beliefs and practices. Understand some of the stories and celebrations that shape Muslim belief and practice. 


Year 7 What do Buddhists believe? Extend knowledge of world religions through a study of Buddhism. 

Explore Buddhist beliefs and practices. 

How can faith affect your actions? An in-depth look into how faith can affect people’s actions. 

Look at the way commitment affects and shapes lives, guiding the activities of both groups and like-minded individuals. 

The God Idea Consider who God is. 

Evaluate the argument from design and the cosmological argument and give the counter arguments. 

Year 8 What do Hindus believe? Extend knowledge of world religions through a study of Hinduism. 

Explore Hindu beliefs and practices.  

Understand some of the stories and celebrations that shape Hindu belief and practice. 

Living as a Humanist  Explore what might make a person define themselves as a humanist. 

Understand that the term ‘humanist’ is more commonly understood as relating to people who are agnostic or atheist. 

Making Decisions   Develop their own sense of identity and belonging. 

Appreciate that the world we live in is not equal. 

Respond to some of the ultimate questions that are raised by human life.


There is a wealth of information on the internet about the topics covered in the curriculum. You could explore the following: 


Within RE homework is set to provide opportunities for pupils to consolidate learning, deepen understanding and give opportunities to practise and develop skills ensuring students’ progress and raising achievement. In RE  homework will be focused around the 3Rs (Reading, Retrieval and Research). 

Reading  Retrieval  Research 
Regular reading helps develop cognitive abilities.  Retrieval (recap) activities help students to strengthen their memory and recall information from their learning, leading to deeper learning and understanding.  Research activities enable pupils to deepen and extend their understanding further. 

Recommended Reading 

Running on the Roof by Jess Butterworth 

Who is the Dalai Lama? by Dana Meachen Rau

Gutsy Girls: Strong Christian Women Who Impacted the World: Book Two: Sisters, Corrie & Betsie ten Boom by Amy L. Sullivan  

The Gangster Who Cried: The Story of Nicky Cruz by R. J. Owen

Are you there God? It’s me Margaret by Judy Blume 

Mr and Mrs. God in the Creation Kitchen by Nancy Wood and Timothy Basil Ering

Asha and the Spirit Bird by Jasbinder Bilan 

Who was Gandhi? by Meachen and Dana Rau

What is Humanism? How do you live without a god? And other Big questions for Kids by Michael Rosen and Annemarie Young


The Herd Boy by Niki Daly 

Would you Rather Game Book for kids by Cooper The Pooper 

Helpful resources for learning 

Year 5 Knowledge organisers

Year 6 Knowledge organisers

Year 7 Knowledge organisers

Year 8 Knowledge organisers 

Parent Information

Fun ways to inspire children with R.E :

  • Ask your child what they are learning about in R.E
  • Read around the topic you are studying!


RE Assessments

Pupils are formally assessed throughout both KS2 and KS3. Assessments may include: 

  • Multiple choice questions
  • A short response questions 
  • An extended written response