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Religious Education (RE)

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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 new National Curriculum document. 


To create our curriculum for the teaching of RE, we have combined aspects from the Leeds Agreed Syllabus (2007) and the Bradford and Ripon & Leeds Diocesan Education Team's Religious Education Syllabus (2005). The Leeds Agreed Syllabus applies to all schools in Leeds and the Diocese Syllabus applies to Church schools.


What skills are covered during lessons?

The two key aspects covered in RE lessons are learning about religions and learning from religions.


The following skills will be developed throughout school:

  • Analysis – can pupils take ideas apart and see what they involve?
  • Synthesis – can pupils bring ideas together and use them?
  • Expression – how effectively do pupils express their views through talk and written work?
  • Application – can pupils use the knowledge and skills they have acquired and use appropriate and distinctive language to demonstrate understanding?
  • Interpretation – can pupils look at, listen to and read information and make sense of it?
  • Reflection – can pupils think deeply about issues?
  • Investigation – can pupils independently research ideas?
  • Listening – how well do pupils listen to the views of others and consider issues?
  • Empathy – can pupils stand in another’s shoes and see situations from different perspectives?
  • Evaluation – can pupils make informed and reasoned judgements having weighed up the evidence?


How is progression achieved?

Christianity is taught in all year groups. Different aspects are covered in each year group. These include key people, festivals and the teachings of the Bible.


In each year group at least one other main religion is explored. This coverage can be seen in the long term plan below.


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 in order for 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.