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Religious Education

Religious Symbols(1)


To enable all children to:

1. To investigate the beliefs and practices of religions and other world views

2. To investigate how religions and other world views address questions of meaning, purpose and value.

3. Investigate how religions and other world views influence morality, identity and diversity.

4. To recognise commonality and difference within and between religions in order to develop respect, openness and curiosity.


1. We begin the teaching of religious education in Foundation Stage as the children begin to encounter religions and other world views through learning about our family, special people, times, and places.

2. As the children move into Key Stage 1 they will build on their earlier work using the Agreed Syllabus as the guidelines for teaching and learning. Teaching and learning will focus around Christianity and Islam, alongside understanding of non-religious approaches to life. Aspects of other faiths will be included as appropriate, such as teaching about specific festivals.

3. At Key Stage 2 teaching and learning will be extended to the study of Judaism and Sikhism, alongside developing understanding of non-religious approaches to life.

4. At all key stages, strong links will be made with the teaching of English. Stories, plays and poems from the bible and other religious and moral sources will be shared with the children.

5. Religious Education will become a stimulus and a springboard for the development of oracy, writing and for the development of thinking and reasoning skills.

6. Art and drama will be closely linked with Religious Education as children use these subjects to communicate what they have learnt.

7. Where appropriate, teachers will use first-hand experience, visits, visitors, artefacts and the local and wider environment to engage children’s interest and imagination.

8. Through their understanding of the different faiths and beliefs children will be encouraged to develop their feelings and empathy and understanding for others.

9. Through their understanding of world religions, children will develop an understanding of the British society in which they live.

10. Children will learn about rights and responsibilities, moral, spiritual, social, cultural and environmental issues.

11. We will use financial resources to build up an extensive collection of resources, artefacts and books to support the teaching of Religious Education.


The teaching and learning of Religious Education will promote excellence and enjoyment.

It will have a strong presence in the ethos of the school through displays, performances and assemblies.

Religious Education will enable children to articulate their own views about religion and world views, developing understanding and cultivating mutual respect, empathy and tolerance.

Religious Education will help equip the children for life in an inclusive society.


RE Policy and End of Unit Expectations

Cultural Capital in RE

‘It is the essential knowledge that pupils need to be educated citizens, introducing them to the best that has been thought and said and helping to engender an appreciation of human creativity and achievement.’

Ofsted School Inspection Handbook 2019

Our RE curriculum is designed to equip children with the knowledge and cultural capital to succeed in life. It provides children with essential knowledge about world religions and different communities so that they are well-informed citizens ready for the real world, in line with their more advantaged counterparts. Our curriculum covers a  range of topics that link to religious and non-religious views that allow children to broaden their learning about different communities beyond their own. 

Our RE curriculum also provides children with plenty of opportunities to develop their critical and reflective thinking which will support them in discovering their own journey of purpose and meaning in the future. 

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