Religious Education

We aim to deliver a high-quality religious education which helps pupils to gain a sound knowledge and understanding of different religions by learning from faith and learning about religious traditions. Religious education develops children Spiritually, Morally, Socially and Culturally (SMSC) by challenging children intellectually, deepening their feelings and encouraging children to act responsibly. Through our values-based syllabus, we aspire to develop children’s sense of meaning and purpose while cultivating an environment of respect which will help to bring about social cohesion.

Why have we chosen the syllabus that we have?


Autumn 1

Autumn 2

Spring 1

Spring 2

Summer 1

Summer 2

Year 1

Introduced to Christianity and Sikhism

What do Christians believe God is like?

Why does Christmas matter to Christians?

Beginning to learn Sikh Part A: Stories of the Sikh Gurus

Why does Easter matter to Christians?

Beginning to learn Sikh Part B: The Gurdwara, a place to belong


Year 2

Introduced to Islam

Recap Sikhism

Beginning to learn Islam: What can we learn from the stories of the Prophet?

Who celebrates what? How and where? Celebrations that matter in Birmingham

Holy places: Where and how do Christians, Sikhs, Muslims worship?

Who celebrates what? How and where? Celebrations that matter in Birmingham

How and why are some books holy? Sacred words for Sikhs, Muslims and Christians

Year 3

Introduced to Hinduism

Recap Sikhism

What is it like to be a Hindu? Community, Worship, Celebration

What are the deeper meanings of the festivals?

What is it like to be a Sikh in Birmingham? Sikh beliefs and ways of living

What is the ‘Trinity’ and why is it important for Christians?

What do Christians learn from the Creation story?

Year 4

Introduced to Judaism

Recap Islam

Keeping the 5 Pillars of Islam


What is it like to be Jewish? Family, Synagogue and Torah

What kind of world did Jesus want?

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

Values: What matters most?

For Christians, when Jesus left, what was the impact of Penecost?

Year 5

Recap Islam, Hinduism, Judaism

Hindu, Jewish and Islamic prayer

What can we learn from religion about temptation?

What does it mean if Christians believe God is holy and loving?


An Enquiry into visiting places of worship


Year 6

Recap Islam, Hinduism

Can religions help people when times get hard?

What do Christians believe Jesus did to save human beings?

Places of worship

We follow the Sandwell Agreed Syllabus. ( This program provides a brilliant mix of academic learning about religions as well as an awareness of the values that religions hold. The effect this will have is that the children will have a better idea of a religion’s core beliefs and practices. The following religions are covered over the course of your child’s time at Northfield Manor: Christianity, Sikhism, Islam, Hinduism and Judaism.


Why are we teaching in the order that we are?

In each year group a new religion is introduced. This is to prevent overload and to make sure that the core beliefs of each religion are distinctive.

Units build on one another and depth is achieved by pupils being able to make connections within and across religions as well as understanding the impact of beliefs in action. Over the course of a year, each year group will have some units that focus particularly on an aspect of one religion and some units that draw on pupil’s prior learning by pulling together several different faiths in overarching topics like festivals, prayer or holy places.