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Religious Education

Purpose of study
In religious education (RE), pupils acquire and develop knowledge and understanding of Christianity and the principal religions represented in Britain. To fulfil this, pupils will be religiously educated and develop skills in RE relative to content.

The most significant religious tradition in Britain is Christianity. Christianity shapes Britain’s year, language and shared culture. It informs moral perspectives, and it is essential that pupils learn about and understand the place of Christianity within British culture and the impact that it has on the lives of individuals, communities and the nation. 

The principal religions in Britain, besides Christianity, have been regarded as Buddhism, Hinduism, Islam, Judaism and Sikhism. Whilst the Jewish and Sikh communities nationally are very small they have played an important part in Britain for centuries.


In the Milton Keynes 2017 syllabus, pupils are encouraged to make stronger links between and within religions by: 
•    believing a faith and its texts and teachings
•    belonging to a faith and to other believers; and 
•    behaving in a way that is required by the texts and teachings of each faith.

RE is taught so that pupils not only have a secure grasp of these three areas and the links between them, but also to ensure that pupils have opportunity to make their own responses and reflections to the learning that comes from a study of each of these key strands of religious practice.

Religious Education at Middleton
This year, we are using a new curriculum called ‘Discovery RE’. This curriculum adopts an enquiry based approach to learning as well as spiritual, moral, social and cultural (SMSC) development opportunities and contributions to British Values. 

Each unit of work has a key or big enquiry question and this is split into four-step process: 

  • Engagement - What is my starting point (human experience) in my own world?
  • Investigation - What do I need to know ABOUT the world of religion to support my enquiry?
  • Evaluation - Critical reflection on the knowledge I have now gained. What is my answer to the enquiry?
  • Expression - How does this enquiry affect my position/starting point?

The aim of these steps is to help children to deepen their critical thinking skills through greater subject knowledge, as well as their own spiritual development.

To help children engage with the process of enquiry, we are delighted to introduce the Discovery RE Owls. You will notice the number of feathers on their chests denotes the year group. The OWL CREW names mean wisdom/intelligence in a range of languages. The idea is that the OWLS are sources of wisdom so that:

  • Children can ask them questions during the enquiry.
  • The OWLS can ask the children questions
  • The OWLS can give the children information
  • The OWLS can act as the ‘talking object’ when used during Circle Time to discuss opinions and thoughts on issues being studied


Year group religions
Although each year group have key questions based on specific religions, all religions will be used and discussed within lessons.


Foundations - all religions
Year 1 - Christianity plus Judaism
Year 2 - Christianity plus Islam
Year 3 - Christianity plus Hinduism
Year 4 - Christianity plus Buddhism
Year 5 - Christianity plus Sikhism
Year 6 - Christianity plus Islam

The Owl Crew