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RE Curriculum 2022

RE Curriculum - Intent, Implementation, Impact


Love one another (John 15:12) then all can achieve.


We seek to ensure that our curriculum reflects, develops, expresses and applies our vision and values. We are committed to life in all its fullness within our flourishing, caring Christian community. Every child is unique and respected. The spiritual, social and emotional well-being of each child is central to our school community. We are dedicated to fostering a love of learning about the world. We aspire to be dignified members of humanity. We have the hope, wisdom and resilience to overcome challenges with confidence. Our core values are love, respect, forgiveness and wisdom. From these, from our vision, from our three rights and our secrets of success, many more values follow.



Our RE curriculum is designed to engage and enthuse learners.  We believe that it is an essential area of study which ensures that children are well prepared for life in a world where there are a multitude of viewpoints.  We enable the children to make their own informed decisions and to have the confidence to voice their views.  It is a subject for all pupils, whatever their own family background and personal beliefs and practices. 

Religious Education is a major contributor to the personal and spiritual education of the children within our school. Religious Education enables pupils to develop their own beliefs, ideas and attitudes whilst respecting other people who hold beliefs different from their own. Children learn to investigate and reflect on some of the most fundamental questions asked by people. We develop the children's knowledge and understanding of the world’s faiths, and we encourage children to think philosophically about questions related to their learning and community, and communities across Britain and the world. Children reflect on what it means to have a faith and to develop their own spiritual knowledge and understanding.


We want our children to enjoy RE and develop resilient responses to misunderstandings, stereotyping and division. We want to offer the children a place where difficult or ‘risky’ questions can be tackled within a safe but challenging context. 


RE nurtures SMSC development and pupils’ understanding of diversity.  The children discuss challenging questions about meaning and purpose in life, beliefs about God, ultimate reality, issues of right and wrong and what it means to be human.  A holistic approach to Spiritual, Moral, Social and Cultural development (SMSC), British Values, and Community Cohesion focuses on preparing pupils for life in the 21st century. 


We aim to provide our children with religious literacy where they will develop their knowledge and understanding of Christianity, other religious traditions and world views and explore their responses to life's challenges. This gives pupils the knowledge and skills to flourish both within their own community and as members of a diverse and global society.


We shall help our pupils prepare for their future by:

  • Developing awareness of the fundamental questions raised by human experiences, and of how religious teachings can relate to them;
  • Responding to such questions by referring to the teachings and practices of religions and other belief systems, relating them to their own understanding and experience;
  • Reflecting on their own beliefs, values and experiences in the light of their study.

Our curriculum follows the Norfolk religious education agreed syllabus 2019 with some units from ‘Understanding Christianity’ – both are endorsed by the Chelmsford Diocesan Board of Education.  It is planned and sequenced to develop deep, lasting learning and builds upon prior knowledge, which our children can use today, tomorrow and for the rest of their lives.

During each Key Stage, pupils are taught knowledge, skills and understanding through learning about Christianity and  Judaism, with reference made to other principal religions, beliefs and worldviews in KS1, and primarily Christianity, Islam and Hinduism, with reference made to other principal religions, beliefs and worldviews in KS2.   Each unit of work considers prior learning and how this is built upon. 


RE is taught in a block unit within a term to allow suitable links to be made to specific religious festivals taking place or to link in with other topics being taught.  Children gain a deeper understanding of the religion studied through the use of high quality resources/artefacts.

The following skills are used, in order to strengthen the skills and deepen the understanding and knowledge taught: investigating, reflecting, recalling and retelling, exploring, discussing and empathising.  Children can discuss and compare the lives of people they have studied from a variety of different religions.


Attitudes which are fundamental to RE are: curiosity and wonder, commitment, fairness, respect, self- understanding, open-mindedness, critical mindedness and enquiry. These work alongside the SMSC links and British Values implemented within school as a whole.


Assemblies take place across the whole school and in classes; these are delivered by senior leaders, class teachers and our local vicar.  

Visits to places of worship, and visitors representing different religions are arranged wherever possible to provide a variety of first-hand experiences for our children, to spark their interest and relate new learning to their own experience.

By the time children leave our school we aim that they:


  • Know that Britain is a predominantly Christian country, and our laws and special days are rooted in Christianity
  • Know key information about Christianity e.g Bible, Church, life of Jesus, Christian festivals
  • Know that the Bible is a book of guidance and advice about how Christians should live their life
  • Know that there are other world religions that have different beliefs, rituals and festivals
  • Know that different religions have different ways of showing commitment to their faith
  • Understand the British values of tolerance, respect and rule of law
  • Understand the role of Christian charities in improving lives in local, UK and global communities develop a religious vocabulary and interpret religious symbolism in a variety of forms
  • Can reflect on questions of meaning, offering their own thoughtful and informed insights into religious and secular worldviews
  • Can explore ultimate questions of beliefs and values in relation to a range of contemporary issues in an ever-changing society


Assessment in RE will be done through making informal judgements through observation and discussion with the children and through the work they produce in RE lessons. Children will be assessed against the key learning identified in the RE planning overview at the end of each phase to give an overall judgement of children’s understanding of Religious Education.


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