Curriculum Overview – R.E.

Year Group

Autumn Term

Spring Term

Summer Term

Year 7

What is RE?

Feelings, what is a fact, opinion & a belief, RE key facts including Humanism & Baha’i religions, Christian symbols, the creation story, RE bookmark & introduction to festivals – Christmas.


Hindu festival of Divali, Rama and Sita, Muslim Ramadan and festival of Eid, The Baha’i Fast, Holy week & the Christian festival of Easter.

Significant Figures

Buddha & Jesus- Buddhism key facts, story of the Buddha, 8 fold path, Wesak, Buddhist shrines, Mandalas and how Buddha compares to Jesus.

Year 8

Ways of Worship

Religious buildings e.g. a church and a mosque, what is meant by roots & shoots, prayer, Hindu worship, Baha’i place of worship and prayer, Humanist non-worship and designing an appropriate room for worship.

Images of God

Gods etc in the days of the week, Brahman & Hindu Gods – Brahma, Vishnu, Shiva, Hanuman, Ganesha, Laksmi, Christian view of God – the Trinity, Humanists view of God and designing a suitable God.

Responding to issues of our time

Christianity in Action – good, evil, heaven & hell, Christian charities e.g. Christian Aid & Salvation Army & Mother Teresa.   Humanist view on charities and human rights.

Pupils will also study for a Unit Award on this topic.

Year 9

Rites of Passage

Baha’i, Humanist, Christian, Muslim and Hindu birth, christening, coming of age, marriage and funeral ceremonies / services.  Comparing the different religions’ Rites of Passage – similarities and differences.

Sources of Authority

Scriptures & Rules –different holy writings e.g. the Muslim Qur’an, the Jewish Torah, the Sikh Guru Granth Sahib, the Baha’i  holy books & Christian Bible – 10 commandments.  Comparison to Humanism.

Jewish Beliefs

Key facts of Judaism, origins, plagues, Exodus, Kippah & Tallit, synagogue, daily life, Sabbath & festivals such as Rosh Hashanah.  Comparison to Christianity.

Pupils will also study for a Unit Award on this topic.