Religious Education & Worldviews

'Religious Education makes a significant contribution to pupils' academic development.' 

Religious education: realising the potential, Ofsted 2013

True to our curriculum driver of 'faith', Religious Education is regarded as a rigorous academic subject at St. Michael's. It is held in the same regard as one of our core subjects. A breakdown of our RE curriculum is detailed below. 

Themes - 'Big Ideas'           

There are four substantive themes that reoccur throughout our Religious Education and Worldviews curriculum, which enables understanding to be deepened with age.  These themes are:

  1. Stories and Narratives
  2. Doctrines
  3. Rituals and Practices 
  4. Metaphysics

Each RE lesson is based around at least one of these four 'big ideas' or themes. 

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Disciplinary Knowledge   

Our RE curriculum is underpinned by four reoccurring disciplines that help us to investigate and understand the beliefs, traditions and big questions in each faith area. These disciplines are:

  1. Theology 
  2. Philosophy 
  3. Human and social science 
  4. History 

Each RE lesson includes a focus on at least one of the above disciplines. 

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Each year group completes four in-depth units of study, each lasting for approximately 9 weeks. The world's main religions are studied in depth, according to the following weighting: 

Christianity - 50%                                    Judaism - 11%                                                  Islam - 11%                                               

Dharmic (Sikhi, Hinduism and Buddhism) - 21%                                                      Worldviews (including NRWV's and Rastafari) - 7%

Children's RE Books

Skills Progression Map

Knowledge Coverage Document

Example: Year 4 Unit on Christianity: Salvation - Trial & Crucifixion.  All units have an accompanying 'Knowledge Coverage' document.

Curriculum Content 


  1. Origin Stories 
  2. Easter: Stories of Sacrifice - The Servant King
  3. Lost and Found - The Lost Sheep
  4. Journeys - Hinduism: Lakshmi Walks Through the Night; The Road to Damascus 

Year One 

  1. Origin Stories 
  2. Easter: Stories of Sacrifice - The King Has Come!
  3. Lost and Found - The Prodigal Son
  4. Journeys - Islam: The Night Story; The Holy Spirit Arrives 

Year Two

  1. Christianity: Incarnation - The Nativity 
  2. Judaism: Covenant - The Law of Moses  
  3. Christianity: Salvation - The Triumphal Entry 
  4. Islam: Harmony - Makkah: The Holy City

Year Three

  1. Hinduism: Dharma - Puja
  2. Buddhism: Karma - The Buddha
  3. Sikhism: Oneness - Ik Onkar
  4. Non-Religious Worldviews - Life Without God

Year Four 

  1. Christianity: Incarnation - The Trinity 
  2. Judaism: Covenant - The Abrahamic Covenant 
  3. Christianity: Salvation - The Trial & Crucifixion
  4. Islam: Ibadah - Islamic Worship

Year Five 

  1. Hinduism: Dharma - What is dharma?
  2. Buddhism: Karma - Achieving Nirvana 
  3. Sikhism: Oneness - The Khalsa
  4. Rastafari: Repatriation - Who is Ras Tafari?

Year Six 

  1. Christianity: Incarnation - The Messiah 
  2. Judaism: Covenant - Israeli-Palestinian Conflict 
  3. Christianity: Salvation - The Resurrection 
  4. Islam: Harmony - (Hajj) Pilgrimage 

Training & CPD

St. Michael's CE Primary Academy leads subject network and subject specific CPD for Religious Education through Birmingham Education Partnership: