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Religious Education (RE)

What are the aims of teaching RE?

At Bramley St Peter’s, we believe in respect for all religions and cultures. Our RE curriculum gives children the opportunity to develop a good knowledge and understanding of different religions.


How is the National Curriculum covered in RE?

The teaching of RE is compulsory throughout primary school. There is, however, no guidance directly given in the National Curriculum. 


As a Church of England Voluntary Aided School, Religious Education is firmly rooted in Christianity. Bramley St Peter’s uses the Diocesan Syllabus for Religious Education from the Dioceses of Leeds and York, including the ‘Understanding Christianity: Text, Impact, Connections’ resource as recommended by The Diocese of Leeds. The school’s long term plan has been designed to incorporate the units from both resources.


RE at Bramley St Peter's

To create our curriculum for the teaching of RE, we use ‘Understanding Christianity’ which has been devised specially for the teaching of Christianity in schools. We use the Diocesan Syllabus for the teaching of other religions and thematic units.


Within our lessons we focus on 3 areas: 'Making Sense of the text', 'Understanding the Impact' and 'Making Connections'. These three strands form the basis of each unit taught and intertwine to ensure full coverage across the Religious Education (RE) curriculum towards the stated outcomes. These aims of each of these areas are described below:


Making sense of the text  

  • Identifying and making sense of core religious and non-religious concepts and beliefs.
  • Understanding what these beliefs mean within their traditions.
  • Recognising how and why sources of authority are used, expressed and interpreted in different ways.
  • Developing skills of interpretation.  


Understanding the impact  

  • Examining how and why people put their beliefs into action in diverse ways, within their everyday lives, within their communities and in the wider world.  


Making connections  

  • Reasoning about, reflecting on, evaluating and connecting the concepts, beliefs and practices studied.
  • Allowing pupils to challenge ideas and the ideas to challenge pupils’ thinking.
  • Discerning possible connections between these ideas and pupils’ own lives and ways of understanding the world. 


How is progression achieved? 

Christianity is taught in all year groups. Christianity is taught in a spiral curriculum (see diagram below) focusing on different concepts e.g. creation which are built upon in each year group.


In each phase from Year 2 to Year 6, a new religion is introduced. KS1 focus on Judaism, Lower KS2 Sikhism and Upper KS2 Islam and humanist beliefs.


In Foundation Stage children explore the different aspects of religion and how they are special to people. They do this through sharing their own experiences and enjoying religious stories. 


In Key Stage 1 children begin to understand the importance of religion to different people.  They will have opportunities to reflect on their own feelings enabling them to develop a sense of belonging. 


This is further developed in Key Stage 2. Children will learn to recognise diversity within religion; comparing religions in order to find similarities and differences between them. They will develop effective communication of their own ideas and recognise and respect different viewpoints.   


RE assessment

Here is some information about how we assess RE at Bramley St Peter's.