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Religious Education

Learning to Shape Our Future

We recognise that it is important for children to understand and learn about world religious views, compare different religious contexts, within a Christian setting.  We want our Learners to develop knowledge, empathy, religious literacy enabling them to confidently discuss and reflect on Big Questions about religion and it’s place within the global community.  Our intent is for our children to flourish and become well informed, reciprocal and empathetic citizens of the world and live life in all it’s fullness.

How We Learn

We want our children to read and interact with a variety of information sources, we aim for our children to be fascinated and curious enough to ask and answer questions about different religions and develop their enquiry skills.  They will have the resilience to persevere and find answers through a mixture of adult led and self-directed learning by considering the big question and developing a growth mindset through all experiences they encounter.

In line with the National Curriculum, our RE curriculum follows an ambitious, sequenced and progressive seven-year plan, cumulatively building knowledge and skills as children mature through the schools in line the current OFSTED Framework.

Children will receive a minimum of one hour of learning a week in line with the Church of England’s Statement of Entitlement.

In order to achieve this aim, our curriculum takes a multi-disciplinary approach, and provides a balance between three disciplines: Theology, Philosophy and Human and Social Sciences.

The curriculum has been split to encompass all three of these disciplines equally under an overarching umbrella question per term for each year group.

  • Theology umbrella questions are about believing. The children examine where beliefs come from, how they have changed over time, and how they are applied in different contexts.
  • Philosophy umbrella questions are about thinking. The children find out how and whether things make sense. Questions of morality and ethics will be explored.

Human and social science umbrella questions are about living. The children explore the diverse ways in which people practise their beliefs and the impact that beliefs have on individuals, communities and societies.

Religions Covered

When deciding which principal religions to study, we carefully considered religions of the pupils within the school and the religions within our local context and these are reflected within our provision.

Religious Education in EYFS and Key Stage 1:

In the Foundation stage and Key Stage 1, pupils partake in an in-depth investigation of Christianity and Hinduism. They also encounter the religion of Islam.

Religious Education in Key Stage 2:

In Key Stage 2, pupils partake in an in-depth study of Christianity, Islam and Judaism. There is a particular focus on understanding the connections between these Abrahamic religions. In the latter stages of KS2, the children also explore Humanism as an alternative worldview.

As a Church of England School, approximately 60% of curriculum time across the key stages is dedicated to the study of Christianity.

A Systematic Approach to Planning

Religious Education Progression

RE Umbrella Questions Progression

Religious Education Videos