The intent of our Religious Education Curriculum is to ensure that we develop well-rounded citizens who understand religion, appreciate similarities and differences within and across religions, can embrace diversity, respect individuals and are able to express their own thoughts and beliefs whilst showing respect and tolerance of other’s thoughts and beliefs.


Religious Education is organised over a two-year cycle to meet the needs of our mixed age classes. Lessons are differentiated to meet the needs of the individual learner and prior learning is built upon. As well as explicit units of work, children’s personal values and ethics are developed in PSED, PSHE, and through daily worship sessions, so that children can engage effectively with the Religious Education Curriculum. Carefully planned questions are used across the school, to ensure that children are not only learning about religion, but also that they are learning from religion too. Carefully spaced retrieval questions are asked over time to ensure pupils are able to remember knowledge over time.


In the Foundation Stage, pupils are introduced to religion in terms of special people, books, times, places and objects. Pupils listen to and talk about stories. They are introduced to religious words, and begin to explore religions and beliefs, practices and forms of expression. They are encouraged to reflect on their own feelings and experiences.


Throughout Key Stage 1, pupils explore Christianity and Judaism. The teaching and learning of RE is heavily focussed on the exploration of religions. Pupils learn about different beliefs about God and the world around them. They encounter and respond to a range of stories, artefacts and other religious materials. They learn to recognise that beliefs are expressed in a variety of ways and they begin to use specialist vocabulary. They begin to understand the importance and value of religion and belief, for themselves and other children and their families.


Throughout Key Stage Two, pupils continue to learn about Christianity and Judaism together with an introduction to Hinduism and Islam, recognising the impact of religion and belief locally, nationally and globally. Therefore, the teaching and learning of RE is heavily focussed on making connections between differing aspects of religion and considering the different forms of religious expression. They consider the beliefs, teachings, practices and ways of life central to religion. They learn about sacred texts and other sources and consider their meanings. They begin to recognise diversity in religion, learning about similarities and differences both within and between religions and beliefs and the importance of dialogue between them. Pupils are encouraged to extend the range and use of specialist vocabulary.

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Northway Primary School

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