KS1 - Lyndhurst Road, Landford, Salisbury, Wiltshire SP5 2AE - KS2 - School Road, Nomansland, Salisbury, Wiltshire, SP5 2BY


The New Forest C of E Primary School and Nursery

Religious Education

Religious Education is at the heart of our school ethos.  We are a Church of England School and achieved an 'Outstanding' inspection grade in 2015 from the Salisbury Diocese. 



 To build a balanced RE curriculum which develops thinking, questioning and learning and reflects our school’s Christian Vision. We aim to enable pupils to learn about different religions and to develop their own faith, encouraging tolerance and empathy with others. We will provide opportunities for spiritual reflection on the ultimate questions of life in order to give pupils the moral strength and spiritual depth which will prepare them for opportunities, responsibilities and experiences in later life.



We follow the 2014 National Curriculum and our expectation is that all children are showing progress in line with national expectations. It is the responsibility of each class teacher to monitor and ensure that this progress is made. The subject leader works with each teacher to monitor this progress and to ensure that sufficient challenge is given to each child.



World religion

Term 1

Term 2

Term 3

Term 4

Term 5

Term 6

Year 6



What is the best way for a Muslim to show commitment to God? 

Concept: Incarnation 

Key Question: How significant is it that Mary was Jesus’ mother? 


Key Question: Creation and science: conflicting or complimentary? 


Key Question: What difference does the resurrection make for Christianity? 

Theme: Humanism

Key Questions: How can Humanist lead a good life?

Does belief in Akhirah (life after death) help Muslims lead good lives? 

Year 5


How far would a Sikh go for his/her religion? 

Do religious teachings show us how to live a good life? 

Concept: Incarnation 

Key Question: Was Jesus the Messiah?  

Are Sikh stories important today? 

Concept: Salvation  

Key Question: What do Christians believe/What did Jesus do to save human beings? 

Do beliefs in Karma, Samsara and Moksha help Hindus lead good lives? 

Concept: God  

Key Question: What does it mean (for Christians) if God is holy and loving? 

Year 4





How special is the relationship Jews have with God? 


Concept: People of  God  

Key Question: What is it like (for Christians to) follow God? 

How important is it for Jewish people to do what God asks them to do? 

Concept: Salvation 

Key Question: Why do Christians call the day Jesus died ‘Good Friday’?

What is the best way for a Jew to show commitment to God? 

Concept: Kingdom of God  

Key Question: When Jesus left, what was the impact of Pentecost? 

Year 3


Would celebrating Divali at home and in the community bring a feeling of belonging to a Hindu child?

Concept: Incarnation 

Key question: What is Trinity? 


Concept: Creation/ Fall 

Key question: What do Christians learn from the creation story? 

Would visiting the river Ganges feel special to a non-Hindu?


Concept: Salvation 

Key question:

Why do Christians call the day Jesus died ‘Good Friday’? 

How can Brahman be everywhere and in everything?


Year 2


Judaism, Islam and Humanism

Is it possible to be kind to everyone all of the time? 


Concept: God 

Key Question: What do Christians believe God is like? 

Concept: Gospel 

Key Question: Why does Christmas matter to Christians? 

How important is it for Jewish people to do what God asks them to do ?


Concept: Salvation 

Key Question: Why does Easter matter to Christians? 


How do Humanists make decisions?


Why is God important to Muslims?

Year 1


Concept: Creation 

Key Question: Who made the world? 


Concept: God 

Key Question: What do Christians believe God is like? 

Concept: Incarnation 

Key Question: Why does Christmas matter to Christians?

Are Rosh Hashanah and Yom Kippur important to Jewish children? 


Concept: Salvation 

Key Question: Why does Easter matter to Christians? 


Is Shabbat important to Jewish children? 



Key Question: Was it always easy for Jesus to show friendship? 




What makes people special? 




Key Question: Why do Christians perform Nativity plays at Christmas? 

How do people celebrate? 


Theme: Easter  

Concept: Salvation 

Key Question: Why do Christians put a cross in an Easter garden?

What makes places special?


What can we learn from stories? 


We use Understanding Christianity and Discovery R.E. for our schemes of work.  We also use the Wiltshire Agreed Syllabus as a reference to support our R.E. teaching.



Teachers measure the impact of the curriculum through formative and summative assessment. From this assessment teachers will adapt and change their planning according to the needs of all of the children. Subject leaders will also measure the impact of the curriculum through learning walks, pupil voice and teacher surveys. Individual pupil data, in accordance with objectives within the National Curriculum, is collected and analysed three times a year. This data is recorded on the school’s electronic data base (INSIGHT) to monitor attainment and progress.

Collective Worship

Collective Worship at The New Forest School is central to our school ethos and values (see home page of website).

Teachers, pupils and visitors lead a Collective Worship everyday in our school halls or in our classes. The children are actively involved in their worship and we use some of the Church of England liturgy in our worship and services. Older children work on the 'Lighting the candle' spirituality course and our younger children enjoy the 'Open the Book' storytelling sessions which follow a three-year rolling programme of stories from the Old Testament.

Pupils are able to voice their thoughts through an annual Collective Worship Pupil Survey, which is analysed by the subject leader and ideas implemented through the Action Plan.

We have strong links with our local vicar, who leads regular Collective Worship sessions based on our three-year rolling programme of values. We also have regular visits from Testwood Baptist Church and Southampton City Mission. 

We use the Values for Life scheme as our core planning tool. Each site has a spiritual garden and all KS2 pupils have a Reflection Diary, which is a private place where they can record their thoughts. We have Y6 Spiritual Prefects who help plan worship and take an active role in leading the spirituality of the school. They help plan and prepare some of the interactive Reflection displays in the school corridor.

Our Christmas and Easter services take place at our local churches. The choir and many of our children attend the Parish Christingle service in December.

We celebrate as a whole-school community, inviting parents and governors to our Harvest Festival and End of Year Celebration Service in the local village hall.

Here are Y5 and 6 leading our Pentecost Service at St.Peter's Church Bramshaw:

Useful links can be found here.


Salisbury Diocese                                    SIAS Inspection report 2015