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RE at Larkspur




Intent, Implementation and Impact



The role of Religious Education at Larkspur is to help prepare and equip all pupils for life in contemporary Britain by enabling them to acquire a good level of religious literacy.  This means to gain an understanding of the diverse beliefs and religious practices of our faith communities, to understand the non-religious view held by a number of people in our society, and to respect the right of all people to make these very personal choices.  Through an enquiry-based approach, children will become critical thinkers and able to identify, investigate and respond to a variety of issues and religious questions. 



At Larkspur we follow the Discovery RE scheme of work as recommended by the local authority which allows our children to explore, engage and reflect on principal religions and their practices.  Lessons take an enquiry-based approach to teaching and learning through key questions.  Each key question for enquiry is such that it requires an answer that weighs up ‘evidence’ and reaches a conclusion based on this.  This necessitates children using their subject knowledge and applying it to the enquiry question, rather than this knowledge being an end in itself.  Discovery RE focuses on critical thinking skills, on personal reflection into the child’s own thoughts and feelings, on growing subject knowledge and nurturing spiritual development.  In addition to curriculum time we have external visits to various places of worship and visits in school from different faith leaders which provide the children with valuable experiences.   We have the philosophy that children are free to make their own choices and decisions concerning religion and belief.  It is our aim to ensure we inform and develop the skills with which evaluation can take place.   



Our belief is that, using an enquiry-based model well, children’s critical thinking skills will be developed, their motivation to learn increased, and their knowledge and understanding of, and empathy with people and their beliefs, religious or otherwise, will be enhanced.

Our children will have a better understanding of the religions that make up the UK landscape and how they can learn from and work alongside each other to create community cohesion.  All children will be more informed about their position in the world, and the decisions they can make impacting their future.  All children in school will be able to talk confidently about well-being, moral and cultural development for the society in which they live.  Our RE curriculum will promote inquisitive minds, respect, tolerance and understanding for all those around them including themselves.

Our children will have a deep understanding of the main religions of the world, their community, and their future. They will understand the relevance of RE in today’s modern world and how it affects our lives.


Long Term Plan







Cultural Capital

E.g. visits, visitors, extra curricular opportunities

Early Years

Christianity & different faiths

Special People

What makes people special?




What is Christmas?


How do people celebrate?




What is Easter?

Story Time

What can we learn from stories?



Special Places

What makes places special?

· A visit to a local Christian church

· Visits from people of different faiths.

Year 1

Christianity & Judaism

Creation Story

Does God want Christians to look after the world?



What gifts would Christians in my town have given Jesus if he had been born here rather than in


Jesus as a friend

Was it always easy for Jesus to show friendship?


Easter—Palm Sunday

Why was Jesus welcomed like a king or celebrity by the crowds on Palm Sunday?


Is Shabbat important to Jewish children?


Rosh Hashanah and Yom Kippur

Are Rosh Hashanah and Yom Kippur important to Jewish children?

· Visit to a local Christian church

· Visit from a local Christian religious leader

· Visit from people from the Jewish faith

Year 2

Christianity & Judaism

What did Jesus teach?

Is it possible to be kind to people all of the time?


Christmas - Jesus as a gift from God

Why do Christians believe God gave Jesus to the world?


How important is it for Jewish  people to do what God asks them to do?



How important is it to Christians that Jesus came back to life after his resurrection?

The Covenant

How special is the relationship Jews have with God?


Rites of Passage and good work

What is the best way for a Jew to show commitment to God?

· Visit to a local Christian church

· Visit from a local Christian religious leader

· Visit to a Synagogue

· Visit from a Jewish religious leader

· Visits from people of Christian and Jewish faith

Year 3

Christianity & Hinduism


Would celebrating Divali at home and in the community bring a feeling of belonging to a Hindu child?



Has Christmas lost its true        meaning?

Jesus’ Miracles

Could Jesus heal people?

Were these miracles or is there some other explanation?



What is ‘good’ about Good Friday?

Hindu Beliefs

How can Brahman be everywhere and in everything?


Pilgrimage to the River  Ganges

Would visiting the River Ganges feel special to a non-Hindu?

· Visit to a local Christian church

· Visit from a local Christian religious leader

· Visit to a Mandir

· Visit from a Hindu religious leader

· Visits from people of Christian and Hindu faith


Year 4

Christianity & Buddhism

Buddha’s Teachings

Is it possible for everyone to be happy?



What is the most significant part of the nativity story for Christians today?

The 8-fold path

Can the Buddha’s teachings make the world a better place?



Is forgiveness always possible for Christians?

The 8-fold path

What is the best way for a Buddhist to lead a good life?


Prayer and Worship

Do people need to go to church to show they are Christians?

· Visit to a local Christian church

· Visit from a local Christian religious leader

· Visit to a Buddhist Temple

· Visit from a Buddhist religious leader

· Visits from people of Christian and Buddhist faith

Year 5

Christianity & Sikhism

Belief into action

How far would a Sikh go for his/her religion?



Is the Christmas story true?

Beliefs and moral values

Are Sikh stories important today?



How significant is it for Christians to believe God intended Jesus to die?

Prayer and Worship

What is the best way for a Sikh to show commitment to God?


Beliefs in Practice

What is the best way for a Christian to show commitment to God?

· Visit to a local Christian church

· Visit from a local Christian religious leader

· Visit to a Gurdwara

· Visit from a Sikh religious leader

· Visits from people of Christian and Sikh faith

Year 6

Christianity & Islam

Beliefs and Practices

What is the best way for a Muslim to show commitment to God?



Do Christmas celebrations and traditions help Christians understand who Jesus was and why he was born?

Beliefs and meaning

Is anything ever eternal?



Is Christianity still a strong religion 2000 years after Jesus was on Earth?

Beliefs and Moral Values

Does belief in Akhirah (life after death) help Muslims lead good lives?



· Visit to a local Christian church

· Visit from a local Christian religious leader

· Visit to a Mosque

· Visit from a Islamic religious leader

· Visits from people of Christian and Muslim faith

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