Discovery RE

RE Scheme of Work

September 03, 2013 / by / 0 Comment

Discovery RE

Visit the Discovery RE Scheme of Work website

Discovery RE, the new Scheme of Work for Religious Education in primary schools. A comprehensive ENQUIRY-BASED, teaching programme for Religious Education for Years F1 through to Year 6.

This RE scheme of work gives you detailed medium-term plans,  is designed on a modular basis and covers work on:

  • Christianity
  • Hinduism
  • Islam
  • Judaism
  • Sikhism

All the units of work are designed on an enquiry-based model, enabling children to investigate a key question eg “Can God hear prayers?” and to weigh up the evidence and reach their own conclusions.

Enquiry-based modules on Christianity, Hinduism, Islam, Judaism and Sikhism for Years F1 to 6.

Discovery RE folderThe Discovery RE teaching resource includes:

  • > Hard copy of teaching materials plus interactive CD copy
  • > 6 enquiry modules for each year group (more in some ear groups to give choice and flexibility)
  • > Christianity plus one other religion in each year group with choice as to which religion to set alongside Christianity
  • > Enquiries into Christianity, Hinduism, Islam, Judaism and Sikhism
  • > A straightforward 4-part planning process
  • > Engagement activities tht start in the children’s experience and then investigate the world of religion
  • > The development of critical thinking skills
  • > SMSC opportunities mapped in each enquiry
  • > An assessment task sheet for each enquiry with marking criteria in line with the national 8-level scale
  • > Exemplification of each level to help with marking

Each enquiry module includes an assessment task and marking criteria against the national 8 level scale.

The Scheme of Work for Religious Education in the Primary School


With life in school getting ever more hectic, the Ofsted inspection framework, more autonomy for schools, building projects, a full curriculum and teachers having little access to training opportunities specific to RE, this seems a big ask.

Translating a new agreed syllabus into a well-ordered, progressive, easy to use RE Scheme of Work is never an easy task, even for RE specialists.

  • How will I find the time to do all this new planning?
  • Which religions shall we teach when?
  • What is the weighting to be given to Christianity and the other religions?
  • What about the 2 attainment targets, how do they fit together?
  • How far do we have to go with the “enquiry based approach?”
  • Have we got the resources necessary to teach the new syllabus?
  • I don’t have a budget!
  • We have just got the old syllabus sorted out and they change it!

Very aware of the enthusiasm to make RE a meaningful and relevant subject, and also the huge amount of time and effort needed to write an RE Scheme of Work for the whole school, my colleagues and I have written Discovery RE to help you short-cut the planning process whilst still enabling teachers to take ownership of HOW they deliver each lesson/enquiry.

Discovery RE is a set of detailed medium term planning, for Years F1 to Year 6.

Christianity is taught in every year group, with Christmas and Easter given new treatment each year, developing the learning in a progressive way.

Hinduism, Islam, Judaism and Sikhism are given 2 or 3 enquiries in a given year group. There is some flexibility as to which enquiries schools teach when, as long as due regard is given to the complexity of the work involved, so Key Stage 1 enquiries would not be suitable in Key Stage 2 and vice versa.

The overview grid shows the long-term plan, with choices needing to be made as to whether to teach Hinduism or Sikhism in Years 3 or 5.

The planning model used in Discovery RE Scheme of Work  is a 6-part planning process focusing on a 4-step enquiry. Each enquiry demands the equivalent of 6 lessons, but teaching time could be blocked over perhaps 3 half days if this would enhance learning. Each enquiry has a learning objective which shows the learning over the six lessons. These will need to be broken down, depending on the learning taking place in each lesson.

SMSC (Spiritual, Moral, Social and Cultural) development

With the Ofsted inspection framework emphasising the opportunities children are offered for SMSC development, RE can be a key contributor. Therefore, SMSC opportunities are identified in each enquiry, and are mapped on the overview grid for each year group.

Our belief is that, using an enquiry-based model well, children’s critical thinking skills can be developed, their motivation to learn increased, and their knowledge and understanding of, and empathy with people and their beliefs, religious or otherwise, will be enhanced.

This approach takes very seriously the philosophy that children are free to make their own choices and decisions concerning religion and belief. RE does not try to persuade but rather to inform and develop the skills with which evaluation can take place.

Discovery RE Scheme of Work is a thoughtful and creative set of RE planning resource for the whole Primary school, Foundation 1 to Year 6.

We believe Discovery RE makes teachers’ lives easier and short-cuts the planning process, freeing them to design exciting and challenging teaching/learning activities for each lesson/enquiry.

For further information, prices, and questions about Discovery RE Scheme of Work please our Discovery RE website at

Discovery RE, the Scheme of Work for Religious Education in Primary Schools. A comprehensive ENQUIRY-BASED, teaching programme for Religious Education for Foundation to Year 6.
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