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Religious Education is taught according to the Harrow Agreed Syllabus, which was developed in 2016.  Like many other London boroughs, the people of Harrow are of mixed ethnic and religious groups and attention to community cohesion is considered to be very important. 


The Harrow Agreed Syllabus Conference (ASC) also decided that the syllabus should be as inclusive as possible. All the main religions represented in the borough have a presence and non-religious views are represented by the inclusion of Humanism.  Other religions, such as Jainism and Zoroastrinism, have also been included in the Harrow Agreed Syllabus, as there is a greater presence of the religions in Harrow than any other London Borough. 

The aim is for RE to be educational  by developing in children and young people an understanding of the various different types of beliefs and how these affect other individuals and society in general.   The new syllabus focuses on the importance of philosophy and encourages the inclusion of all religions rather than focusing on one particular one.  This enables children to see similarities and difference across a range of religions. A variety of resources, including artefacts, books and trips to religious places of worship, are used to enhance the understanding of different religious beliefs too.

Year Group

Autumn Term

Spring Term

Summer Term


  •  How can we help other people?
    Baha’i and Sikhism
  • What is interesting about the Christmas story?
    What kind of person was Jesus?
  • What can we learn from faith and other stories?
    Christianity and Humanism

  • How do we choose what food to eat?
    Jainism and Judaism
  • How do we choose what food to eat?
    Jainism and Judaism
  • How do Islam and other faiths use water and why?

Year 1

  • What can we learn from the Diwali story about good and evil in our own lives? 
  • Is it important to have a day that is different to other days?
    Judaism and Christianity
  • What makes faith buildings so special?
  • What can Christians learn from the teachings of Jesus.
  • How do holy books teach religious people about being close to God?
    Christianity and Zoroastrianism
  • How do we respond when we hear certain sounds?

Year 2

  • What makes a home?
    Hinduism and Jainism
  • How do we remember people and why?
    Humanism and Christianity
  • How are we the same and different from other people and does it matter?
    Islam and Baha’i
  • Why is the cross important to Christians?
  • What rules are the most important and why?
  • What does faith say about change? How does it make us feel and how can we become better?

Year 3

  • What do Christians do when they pray and why?
  • What can we learn from the life of Buddha about being happy?
  • Should holy books be treated differently to other books?
  • What are our most religious artefacts and symbols? How do they show what we believe?
  • How do faith groups mark naming ceremonies?
  • What makes some places sacred?
    Christianity and Islam


Year 4

  • What does it mean to be sorry and how can we tell?
  • What do we mean by peace and where is it to be found?
  • Does it matter what we wear and why?
  • In what ways is Jesus relevant today and in the future?
  • What role do places of worship have in communities?
  • How is Humanism the same as and different from religion?

Year 5

  • Is the Eightfold path still relevant today?
    Buddhism Jainism
  • Is it better to give than to receive?
    Islam Christianity




  • Why did a Chief Rabbi say “religion is about the why of creation, science is about the how?”

    Judaism Humanism

  • How did the teachings of Guru Nanak influence the teachings of Guru Gobind Singh?

  • Could the Lord’s Prayer be universal?
  • How do faiths define themselves?


Year 6

  • Why do people pray?
  • How responsible are we for the environment?
    Christianity Hinduism


  • What do Christians believe is the most important event that has ever happened?
  • What is the truth about the Baisakhi story?
  • Who do we look for inspiration?
    Buddhism Humanism
  • Religious responsibility:

    What does it mean to grow up?
    Judaism Zoroastrianism