Burpham Foundation Primary School

Burpham Lane, Guildford, Surrey, GU4 7LZ


01483 572510

Religious Education

RE at Burpham

At Burpham Primary School, we follow the Agreed Syllabus for Religious Education in Surrey Schools (2017-2022) which places great importance on pupils’ Spiritual, Moral, Social and Cultural development. Religious Education gives children in Burpham Primary School the opportunity to reflect on and learn from the faiths and beliefs of those around them and we believe that Religious Education has much to offer our children as they prepare for life in this rapidly changing world, where critical thinking and discernment will be ever more important and valuable.


  • Teaching of Religious Education is of a high standard which helps to promote pupils’ spiritual, moral, social and cultural development.
  • Develop knowledge and understanding of Christianity, and of the other principal religions and beliefs represented in Great Britain, both through their history and their contemporary diverse expressions.
  • Develop interest in and enthusiasm for the study of religion & beliefs to develop the ability to make reasoned, informed and creative responses to religious and moral issues.
  • Recognise the influence of beliefs, values and traditions on the individual, on culture and on communities throughout the world.
  • Develop tolerance and respect towards all religious beliefs.
  • Provide opportunities to reflect and learn from the faiths and beliefs of those around them.
  • Prepare children for the opportunities, responsibilities and experiences of the present and the future.
  • Ensure a variety of learning opportunities are provided for the children such as, parent/children speakers across year groups and school trips to any local religious venues to enhance the children’s first-hand experiences.
  • When the new Surrey syllabus for RE is released, this academic year, it will be shared with all teaching staff and implemented from September 2023.


  • We follow the Agreed Syllabus for Religious Education in Surrey Schools (2017-2022) The new updated version of this has been reviewed and will be implemented from September 2023.
  • The teaching of RE is in keeping with the government requirements and is often taught in blocks for the amount of time specified for each module in the Syllabus.
  • The lessons for each year group are planned by a person within the year group with support of the RE subject lead.
  • Concept maps have been provided for all year groups to aid with the teaching of RE ensuring a focus on God, identity and community.
  • Lessons are mainly taught by class teachers but in some cases, cover teachers also teach this subject using the planning from class teachers.
  • Work in RE is assessed at the end of each module by the class teacher towards school data.
  • Lesson observations are carried out within the year of all year groups along with termly book looks of work. Questionnaires completed with children in all year groups and subject leader to check children’s understanding of RE teaching and learning across the school.
  • New subject leaders complete any RE training that would help them to benefit most from the role and courses that the rest of the staff would benefit from knowing key information going forward.


  • Our children can make sense of the world and their place in it.
  • Children can connect learning from different religions and non-religious views.
  • Children are more empathetic and understanding towards their peers.
  • Children are tolerant and respectful of different religions and non-religious views in their day to day lives and experiences.
  • Children have a good depth of knowledge of what they are learning and can connect ideas and recall previous learning.
  • Children’s work is celebrated on wow walls and highlighted to parents on welcome days
  • Children have had had high quality teaching resources and artefacts to engage with throughout their learning.
  • Pupils can express they have had first hand experiences from local support and parent links with their school

In the table below, you can see a summary of the topics taught in each year group throughout the academic year. 



Autumn 1

Autumn 2

Spring 1

Spring 2

Summer 1

Summer 2


What can we learn from stories?

What makes a place special?

What makes our world wonderful?

What makes something special?

Who am I and where do I belong?

Why do we have celebrations?

Year 1

Why is the Bible an important book for Christians?

Why did Jesus tell parables?

Why is Christmas important to Christians?

Why is ‘Church’ important to Christians?

Who is Jesus?

What do eggs have to do with Easter?

What is important for Muslim families?

Who is Allah and how do Muslims worship him?

In what way is the mosque special to Muslims?

Year 2

What do Christians believe God is like?

Why do Christians call Jesus ‘Saviour’?

What does the Christmas story tell Christians about Jesus?

Why do Jewish families celebrate Shabbat?

What is the Torah and why is it important to Jews?

Why is Easter important to Christians?

Is prayer important to everyone?

What are symbols and why do religions use them?

Why should we look after our world?

Year 3

Why do Christians call God ‘Father’?

How did Jesus change lives?

Why are presents given at Christmas – and what might Jesus think about it all?

How did the Church begin?

Why do Christians share communion?

What happened – and what matters most to Christians?

What are important times for Jews?

How can a synagogue help us to understand the Jewish faith?

What does it mean to be a Jew?

Year 4

Why is praying important for Christians?

Is Christian worship the same all around the world?

How can artists help us understand Christmas?

What do Sikh’s value?

How do people celebrate new life?

How does Lent help Christians prepare for Easter?

How does the Bible reveal God’s rescue plan?

Why do Christians worship Jesus Christ?

Year 5

How did Jesus’ teaching challenge people?

How is God Three – and yet One?

Why is light an important sign at Christmas?

Who did Jesus say ‘I AM’?

Adam, Eve, Christmas, Easter: what are the connections?

How do Christians know what happened at Easter?

How can a mosque help us to understand the Muslim faith?

How do the pillars of Islam help Muslims live a good life?

How can we all live together in one world?

Year 6

How can churches help us to understand Christian belief?

How do people express their faith through the Arts?

What do the Gospels say about the birth of Jesus – and why is it ‘good news’?

What helps Hindus to worship?

What does it mean to be a Hindu?

Did Jesus have to die?

What is the ‘Buddhist way of life’?

What is Wisdom?

How did it all begin?



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