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Curriculum  »  Religious Education

Children enjoy an RE curriculum which ensures children develop an understanding of the principal religions (beliefs, cultures and rituals) of families in their community, the local area, the UK and around the world. Through education, we seek to reduce misunderstandings, eliminate discrimination and racism.

We teach RE as specific and dedicated days – one per half-term – which enables all members of the school community to study an aspect of a specific religion in depth, in each Key Stage. Over time, pupils develop a deep understanding of each religion through their studies, through discussions with their peers and through the opportunities to meet and engage with a number of visitors into school, who are able to share their first-hand experience. We ensure the delivery of the subject is knowledge-based and enjoyable. We aim to enable children to feel a part of a wider community and to understand other cultures and beliefs in the world around them.

We do this through:

  • First-hand experiences – cooking, visitors, trips, debate, the arts and exploration with music and drama.
  • Children sharing their  own beliefs and celebrations – bringing in artefacts, sharing first-hand experiences and allowing for children to ask and answer questions.
  • Develop a real sense of belonging within society, understanding right and wrong through debate, questioning and their developing ability to express their opinions. 

RE also contributes to pupils’ personal development and well-being, as well as community cohesion by promoting mutual respect and tolerance in a diverse society. RE can also make important contributions to other parts of the school curriculum and offers important opportunities for personal reflection and spiritual development.

In addition to RE days, pupils study Christianity and have the opportunity to visit the church, to enjoy assemblies led by key members of the Christian faith and to participate in school events, celebrating Harvest, Christmas and Easter.

Long Term Curriculum