R.E. Overview


Newburgh C.E. School is a vibrant church school with Christian values at its heart. The distinctive Christian ethos permeates all aspects of school life and has an outstanding impact on pupils' personal development.


The personal development is seen through the established strengths of:


  • The focus on Christian Values which leads to outstanding spiritual, moral and academic development of all pupils.
  • The outstanding relationships within the school family, based on Christian love and care for each individual.
  • The quality of relationships with parents and the positive Christian impact the school has in the wider community.
  • The schools procedures for evaluating itself as a church school.
  • The excellent and vibrant quality of worship which makes a significant impact on pupils' spiritual development.

The school's Christian character nourishes, encourages and challenges the spiritual and cultural development of the whole school community. This is particularly shown by the collective acts of worship which lie at the heart of school life for all staff, pupils and parents alike.


Worship lies at the very heart of our school community. Worship is led by the vicar of the parish, staff and pupils. In spring 2024 we will be relaunching our Belong Project in our school commitment to bringing our families together to worship.



Through a reflective and progressive curriculum we aim to excite, promote enquiry and embed knowledge. In R.E. we want our learners to be excited by their learning journey. We want them to question and have awe and wonder; whilst being aware that we may not always have the answers in R.E. Our learners will build on their existing knowledge, making links and developing their understanding and knowledge.


We endeavour to motivate our learners and equip them with the skills to be confident, independent and resilient.

Children of different faiths should feel involved, happy and confident to contribute to all areas of R.E. and our teachers ensure that when teaching R.E., the content and delivery is appropriate and relevant for all learners. Children are encouraged to share and celebrate their faith and beliefs and the environment for this is safe and welcoming.

Our Christian values underpin our efforts and achievements and we are inspired in our mission by our faith that we will "Let Our Light Shine" (Matthew 5:14-16)


At Newburgh we follow the Blackburn Diocese Questful R.E. scheme of work. The curriculum content is a balance of the three essential disciplines of quality R.E., Theology, Philosophy and Science. This means our pupils will look at concepts through a theological lens, exploring what people of faith believe. Alongside this they will explore questions and answers raised in relation to the lived reality and impact of religion and world views on people's lives. They will also think like philosophers, and be equipped with the skills that will enable them to make sense of life's experiences.

Through our approach children will experience, explore and encounter a wide range of creative and challenging multi-sensory activities that will help them to discover the answers to fundamental questions such as these:-

  • Who am I and what does it mean to be me?
  • In what ways do/can I relate to others?
  • How/where can I encounter God?
  • How can I make a positive contribution to the world in which I live?
  • What values, attitudes, beliefs and behaviour are important to me?
  • What does it mean to have faith?
  • Who/what influences and inspires me?



Please also see our Christianity at Newburgh for more information about RE is taught and experienced every day at Newburgh.



R.E. Policy

Collective Worship Policy

R.E. Long Term Planning

R.E. End of Key Stage Expectations

R.E. Progression of Skills

RE - Statement of Entitlement from the Church of England

R.E. Newsletter


Knowledge Organisers

A Knowledge Organiser is a set of key vocabulary, facts and information on a topic that your child needs to be able to know and recall by the end of the topic. Please use these at home as conversation starters to discuss learning and as a way of helping your child commit their learning to long-term memory (for example, you may want to cut up the vocabulary and meanings and play matching pairs or encourage your child to learn how to spell the words.


Year 1 Knowledge Organiser - Harvest

Year 1 Knowledge Organiser - My World, Jesus' World

Year 1 Knowledge Organiser - Christmas

Year 1 Knowledge Organiser - Jesus Was Special

Year 1 Knowledge Organiser - Easter

Year 1 Knowledge Organiser - Joseph

Year 1 Knowledge Organiser - Baptism

Year 1 Knowledge Organiser - God & Creation


Year 2 Knowledge Organiser - The Bible

Year 2 Knowledge Organiser - Christmas

Year 2 Knowledge Organiser - Jesus Friend to Everyone

Year 2 Knowledge Organiser - Easter

Year 2 Knowledge Organiser - What Happened at the Ascension & Pentecost

Year 2 Knowledge Organiser - The Church


Year 3/4 Knowledge Organiser -Harvest

Year 3/4 Knowledge Organiser - Christmas

Year 3/4 Knowledge Organiser - Which Rules Should We Follow

Year 3/4 Knowledge Organiser - Exploring The Sadness & Joy of Easter

Year 3/4 Knowledge Organiser - Jesus The Man Who Changed Lives

Year 3/4 Knowledge Organiser - What is Prayer

Year 3/4 Knowledge Organiser - Are All Churches The Same?


Year 5/6 Knowledge Organiser - How & Why Do Christians Read The Bible

Year 5/6 Knowledge Organiser - Life as a Journey and a Pilgrimage

Year 5/6 Knowledge Organiser - Christmas - The Gospels of Matthew and Luke

Year 5/6 Knowledge Organiser - How Do Christians Prepare For Christmas?

Year 5/6 Knowledge Organiser - Why do Christians believe that Easter is a celebration of victory? 

Year 5/6 Knowledge Organiser - Why do Christians celebrate the Eucharist?

Year 5/6 Knowledge Organiser - Why is the Exodus such a significant event in Jewish & Christian History?

Year 5/6 Knowledge Organiser - Jesus The Teacher

Year 5/6 Knowledge Organiser - Who Was Jesus?

Year 5/6 Knowledge Organiser - Significant Women in the Old Testament


Vaisakhi Display