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Religious Education is delivered through a variety of approaches such as topic assemblies, visiting speakers and links with the local community. It is an integral part of school life, promoting the sharing of thoughts and ideas which encourage pupils to value themselves and show care and understanding towards others.

At PCA we use the Equals scheme of work that has been devised by teachers who have an expertise in Religious Education. This scheme illustrates the different ways in which teachers can develop Religious Education learning opportunities to respond to the specific needs and priorities of the children, their communities and the schools themselves. It also builds on children's experiences and earlier learning from the foundation stage. 

Religion is the experience and the expression of faith. Learning about religion and learning from religion are important for all pupils, as RE helps pupils develop an understanding of themselves and others. RE promotes the spiritual, moral, social and cultural development of individuals, and of groups and communities. The Equals scheme of work introduces pupils to teachings and practices of principal religions including Buddhism, Hinduism, Christianity, Islam, Judaism, and Sikhism. Pupils learn and develop skills such as how to debate, form opinions and analyse ideas. Parents wishing to withdraw their child from assemblies are invited to discuss the matter with the head teacher.

A daily act of worship takes place in the school hall before lunch.  This can be a prayer or a simple reflection delivered by a member of staff or a pupil.  



Key Stage 1 & 2 Religious Studies Scheme of Work






Myself- who am I? Why am I unique?


Christmas- How is it celebrated?

How are Special Books treated?


Celebrations- How and why are they important?

How do Jewish people welcome and say goodbye to Shabbat?


What can we learn from visiting a church?


Why do some people say thank you at harvest?


What does light mean?  Diwali/Advent/Hanukkah

How do we recognise a religious leader?


What makes Easter a special time for Christians?

What words are important to me?  How and why do some people pray?


Belonging- How are new babies welcomed into the World?


How is Ganesh worshipped by Hindus?


Why is Jesus a special person?

What happens at a wedding?


What can the Buddha teach us?

Why did Jesus tell stories?


What do people around me believe?


What does it mean to be part of a Jewish/Muslim family?


How does our community care for others?


What festivals do we celebrate at spring?


What makes Guru Nanak a special teacher?

What do the creation stories teach us?


Who was St Francis and what did he teach us about caring for animals?


What is it like inside a religious building?


Why are prayers and praying important to some people?

Why do people go on journeys to sacred places?


How is Easter celebrated around the world?

Why is Muhammad important to Muslims?


Why is the Bible a special book for Christians?

2C & 2G

How and why should we care for our world?


How is Christmas expressed through the arts?

What is the Torah and why is it important to Jewish people?


Why is sharing food important on special occasions?

How can religion make a difference in people’s lives?


Why do we wear different clothes for different occasions?


Key Stage 3 Religious Studies Scheme of Work


Autumn Term

Spring Term

Summer Term

Year 1 of the rolling curriculum


Origins – where do we come from

The difference between fact and belief.

Christianity, Judaism and Islam

Explore what different religions say about the world and how it began.


How the world began.

Chinese Creation Story

(Ying and Yang) compare the similarities between major world religions.

The Big Bang Theory

Darwin’s Theory of Evolution



Learn about the life of Buddha.

The significance of Vesak and explore ways Buddhists celebrate it.

Buddhists stories that have a moral message.

Theravada Buddhists express their faith.

Symbolism involved in Buddhism.

How Buddhists live their faith community in the Buddhist tradition and beyond.

Religious Buildings in our Community

Horrible Histories



Food & Fasting (Judaism)

Year 2 of the rolling curriculum

Earth, Wind & Fire


Key aspects of paganism.

Natural and Moral Evil

The Plagues and punishment, modern interpretation of the plagues and religions that believe in the plagues.

Christianity - Noah’s Ark and the significance of the flood to cleanse all sins – The Bible

The religious battle behind ‘bonfire night’.

Tourism & Holidays


The Epiphany


Festival of Makara

(Hindu mythology linked to the signs of the zodiac).

Chinese New Year

Judaism - Festival of Purim

Judaism - Matanot Laevyonim-

An act if giving to the poor


Easter/Lent/Holy Week

World War 2


The Story of Anne Frank.

Promise and Covenant and their meaning.

Yom Kippur.

Queen Esther.


Year 3 of the rolling curriculum

Heroes & Villains

Signs & Symbols in Religion

Common use and purpose of Signs & Symbols in different religions inc. Christian, Sikh, Jewish, Hindu, Buddhism and Muslim)

Christmas celebrations


How the media can shape religious views.

Different religious channels on TV and radio - how religion is more accessible nowadays.

Religion in the news.


The Olympics

(Olympic Values)

Christianity – excellence – the story of John the Baptist, the story of St George.

Mother Theresa

Respect – The Golden Rules –

Humanist (treat others as you want to be treated).


Key Stage 4

Pupils in Key Stage 4 work towards an Entry Level qualification in Humanities. In order to provide some differentiation, all Humanities units are offered at Entry 2 level and Entry 3 level – pupils will be entered for the most appropriate Level. The learning outcomes are the same for each,  but the assessment criteria are more challenging at Entry 3. As part of this qualification they have a dedicated RE lesson each week. The course is made up of different units , each with its own specification. These units are intended to be open to candidates of any religious persuasion or none. The course is designed to consider spiritual, moral, ethical, cultural, and citizenship issues. Units that are currently taught at PCA include:

  • Followers of Religion
  • Religious initiation rights
  • Religious Marriage Ceremonies
  • Places of Worship
  • The work of Religious charities