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Welcome to the Religious Education curriculum at Ravenswood




R.E is an essential component of a broad and balanced curriculum. It is a subject which makes a distinctive contribution to the school curriculum as it develops pupils’ knowledge and understanding of religion, tolerance, religious beliefs, practices, languages and traditions and their influence on individuals, communities, societies and cultures. It promotes understanding and respect for religions practised around the world.

At Ravenswood, we teach R.E in a creative, engaging and inspiring way. We aspire to encourage students to develop an understanding of a range of world religions and use their independent ideas to ask questions and think deeper about religious and cultural issues.

The R.E curriculum is based on 'a mirror and window' approach, which covers all religions taught at Ravenswood in great depth and detail. Children are taught to respect other religions and encouraged to respond to a range of important questions related to their own spiritual development and fundamental questions concerning the meaning and purpose of life.

Throughout their school life, children have the opportunity to learn and achieve by visiting different places of worship linked to the religions they are learning about in their year group. On religious school visits, children are encouraged to ask questions and further explore in depth the religion they are learning. All pupils record lessons in their topic books, which follows them throughout the year enabling them to show progression of their learning journey at school.

Through our continuing emphasis on the importance of R.E, our children develop a clearer understanding of the world and religions around them which is necessary for their personal development as active and responsible citizens.

We take pride in effectively teaching a broad and balanced coverage of world-views, faiths and beliefs through The Church of England, Diocese of St Edmundsbury and Ipswich: Emmanuel Project. Religious Education is a statutory subject and is taught for 1 hour per week or equivalent as a block.


Ravenswood RE Subject Leader is Mr Hartman

‘All children need to acquire core knowledge and understanding of the beliefs and practices of the religions and worldviews which not only shape their history and culture but which guide their own development. The modern world needs young people who are sufficiently confident in their own beliefs and values that they can respect the religious and cultural differences of others, and contribute to a cohesive and compassionate society.’ The Religious Education Council of England and Wales.


Ravenswood Religious Education Curriculum Long Term Plan 2020-2021


Year 1

Year 2

Year 3

Year 4

Year 5

Year 6

Autumn 1


Creation 1

Why is the word ‘God’ so important to Christians?

Belonging Christianity

Baptism /Church

Why is belonging to God and the church family important to Christians?


Believing Judaism


Why do Jewish families talk about repentance at New Year?


Religion and the Individual

Christianity Reconciliation How do Christians show that ‘reconciliation’ with God and other people is important?

Inspirational People Christianity


How does believing Jesus is their saviour inspire Christians to save and serve others?


Teachings and Authority Christianity Gospel

Why is the Gospel such good news for Christians?



Beliefs and Questions Christianity Incarnation

How do Christians show their belief that Jesus is God incarnate?


Autumn 2

Incarnation 1

Why do Christians perform nativity plays at Christmas?

Belonging Judaism

Mitzvot / Tzedakah

Why is learning to do good deeds so important to Jewish people?

Believing Christianity

Saviour Jesus- Why was Jesus given the name ‘Saviour’?

Religion and the Individual



How does a Muslim show their submission and obedience to Allah?

Inspirational People


Prophethood Why do Muslims call Muhammad the ‘Seal of the Prophets’?


Teachings and Authority Islam


What does the Qur’an reveal to Muslims about Allah and his guidance?

Beliefs and Questions Islam


How does Tawhid create a sense of belonging to the Muslim community?

Spring 1

Salvation 1

How can we help others when they need it?

Stories and Books


Parables / Gospel

What did Jesus teach about God in his parables?


Stories and Books


Mercy/ Compassion

How do some Muslims show Allah is compassionate and merciful?

Religion and the Individual



Why does a Hindu want to collect good karma?


Encountering Sikhism



How does the story of Rama and Sita inspire Hindus to follow their dharma?


Teachings and Authority


Yoga/ Marg

What spiritual pathways to moksha are written about in Hindu scriptures?


Beliefs and Questions



How do questions about Brahman and Atman influence the way a Hindu lives?



Spring 2


Salvation 2

Why do Christians put a cross in an Easter garden?


Prayer and Worship


Prayer/ Worship

Why do Christians pray to God and worship Him ?




Resurrection/Joy What are the best symbols of Jesus’ death and resurrection at Easter?

Symbols and Religious Expression



Is the cross a symbol of love, sacrifice or commitment for Christians?



Guru/Wahegurn How does the teaching of the gurus move Sikhs from dark to light?




Holiness/Torah/ Israel

What is holiness for Jewish people: a place,

a time, an object or something else?


Encountering Buddhism


How did Buddha teach his followers to find enlightenment?


Summer 1

Incarnation 2

What makes every single person unique and precious?



Emmanuel /

Holy Spirit

How does celebrating Pentecost remind Christians that God is with them always?


Leaders and Teachers


Disciple/ Faith

Why do Christians trust Jesus and follow Him?


Christianity/ Kingdom of God

What do Christians mean when they talk about the Kingdom of God?



Religion, Family and Community

Christianity/ Mission

Why do Christians believe they are ‘people on a mission’?



Worship, Pilgrimage and Sacred Places

Christianity/ Eucharist

What is the great significance of the ‘Eucharist’ to Christians?



Journey of Life and Death Christianity


Should believing in the resurrection change how Christians view life and death?



Summer 2

Creation 2

How can we care for our wonderful world?

Prayers and Worship Judaism

Tefillah/ Prayers and Worship

Why do Jewish families say so many prayers and blessings?-


Leaders and Teachers



Why is the Torah such a joy for the Jewish Community?






What symbols and stories help Jewish people remember their covenant with God?




Sewa/ Equality

How do Sikhs put their beliefs about equality into practice?




Leaders and Teachers


Refuge/ Impermanence

How does the Triple Refuge help Buddhists in their journey through life?




Why do Humanists say happiness is the goal of life?

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