Ofsted and the Silver Award
RE Curriculum
Spiritual, Moral, Social and Cultural Development
How and Why We Teach RE
Homework Help Websites

Ofsted and the Silver Award
Religious Education (RE) teaching at Mayfield has reached a very high standard. In 2012 the school had a subject inspection by Ofsted and achieved a ‘Good’ over all areas of Religious Education teaching and learning. The school was then put forward for an award and reached the silver standard R.E. Quality Mark.

RE Curriculum
RE is the study of the principal religions represented in this country – focusing mainly on the 6 major faiths: Christianity, Judaism, Islam, Hinduism, Sikhism and Buddhism.

The Agreed Syllabus has 2 attainment targets:

AT 1 – Learning about Religion and Belief

This means enquiring into, investigating and understanding religions and beliefs.

AT 2 – Learning from Religion and Belief

This means questioning ,exploring, reflecting upon and interpreting human experiences in the light of religions and beliefs studied.

The Syllabus supports the OFSTED Long Report 2010 in which enquiry- based learning is recommended. So RE lessons involve discussion, investigation, empathy and reflection.

The Agreed Syllabus for Religious Education was updated in 2013 and the school has developed a curriculum map of topics taught in each term.

Autumn 1

Autumn 2

Spring 1

Spring 2

Summer 1

Summer 2

Y1 Shipmates:

Christianity (not exclusively). What do we celebrate and why?


Christianity. Why is Christmas important to Christians?

Once upon a time:

Christianity. What difference does belonging to a faith family make to a family? How do Christian families celebrate Easter?


Multi-Faith. How does faith influence families?

We are scientists:

Christianity. What makes a Church special for Christian people?

Here we go!

Multi-Faith. Which places are special to us and others?

Y2 Toys:

Sikhism. How do the stories from the gurus and the concept of seva affect Sikh children?

The story of stories:

Sikhism. How does the Kalsa influence the lives of Sikh families?

Frozen planet:

Christianity. Who was Jesus? A great leader and teacher?

Plants, local geography:

Multi-Faith. Why do we remember leaders of faiths?

Can a picture really tell 1000 words?

Multi-Faith. What makes a book special?

Attack or defend? Norman Conquest 1066:

Christianity. Why is the bible important to Christians?

Y3 Mayfield and beyond:

Who am I? What is important to me?

Home or away?

Christianity. How do we celebrate our own special times? Do you have to be a believer to take part in religious festivals?

Mummies unwrapped:

Judaism. How does history influence Jewish practices today?

There’s something in the water!

Judaism. What is important for Jews about being part of God’s family?

From stone to iron:

Christianity. How and why are churches different?

A place to live

Christianity. What do people believe about the creation of our world?

Y4 Was Rome built in a day?

Is it fair?

Was Rome built in a day?

Christianity. What can we learn from the parables of Jesus?


Christianity. Who are the ‘Saints of God’ and why are they important

Education for all:

Christianity. Is Easter a festival of new life or sacrifice?

The house of wisdom:

Islam. Why is prayer important to Muslims and not for some people?

Glorious games:

Islam. How do the words of the Qur’an guide the lives of Muslims?

Y5 Dragon slayer:

Big questions and developing RE skills

World War One:

Christianity. Beliefs and actions in the world. What key beliefs influence people’s faith and how do people of faith live out their lives?

Who lives in a place like this?

Hinduism. What does ‘worship’ mean for Hindus?

Going to America:

Hinduism. What can stories and images of deities tell us about Hindu beliefs?

My picture:

Multi-Faith. Do people have to go to a special place to worship?

Tudor explorers

Christianity. Who do people say I am? (eg Jesus explored through art)

Y6 Eureka! Watching and reading myths:

Big questions and developing RE skills

Eureka! Watching and reading myths:

Christianity and Judaism. Is religion what you say or what you do?

Invaders! Vikings:

Buddhism. What can we learn from Buddha’s life?


What does it mean to be a Buddhist? Can we all be?

Welcome to the jungle!

Exploring minority faiths in Vellore

The Mayans:

Multi-Faith. What do people believe about the creation of our world?


Spiritual, Moral, Social and Cultural Development
Spiritual, Moral, Social and Cultural development (SMSC) is included in all areas of the curriculum but in RE it has a major part to play in nearly every aspect of every lesson. In each lesson we discuss or debate Big Questions (Ultimate Questions or Key Issues) such as: ‘Is society equal?’, ‘How to make the most out of life?’, ‘What makes a good friend?’ and ‘Who inspires you?’ We also foster community links by inviting visiting speakers and making visits ourselves and so encouraging further SMSC development in our children.

Find out more about SMSC at Mayfield HERE

Re Photo 2How and Why We Teach RE
Learning and teaching in RE seeks neither to impose religious beliefs on children nor to compromise the integrity of their own beliefs by promoting one religion over another. Work in RE aims to develop in children an understanding of the influence of beliefs, values and traditions on individuals, communities and cultures. It seeks also to foster tolerance, empathy and sensitivity towards the beliefs and traditions of others. Where possible, visits are made to local religious sites and places of worship to investigate the form and use of the buildings and the roles of people who work within them. No acts of worship are undertaken during these visits.

Very rarely parents may want to consider withdrawing their child from all or part of RE or assemblies, in which case please discuss the matter with the Head Teacher.

Homework Help Websites
Here is a list of some RE websites that you may find useful
Useful RE Websites