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Religious Education Policy

Dunham on Trent C of E Primary School


Religious Education Policy


Religious Education in Dunham-on-Trent C of E Primary School is provided in accordance with the Nottinghamshire Agreed Syllabus for Religious education.


Aims & Objectives

R.E. in our school will support pupils in reflecting upon and developing their own beliefs, values and attitudes through an exploration of shared human experiences and of the place and significance of religions in the contemporary world, whilst recognising the Christian ethos of the school and its links with the surrounding churches in the parish.


R.E. will contribute to the personal development of children by helping them to develop a sense of identity and value as a person.



R.E. will encourage pupils to explore how persons relate to each other and through that experience begin to form some concept of community.


R.E. will provide opportunities for children to consider their own place in the universe and their responsibility for preservation and development of creation.


R.E. will face and discuss those questions which lie at the heart of all human experience termed ‘ultimate questions’ and help pupils explore what it means to be a human being.


R.E. will help children to become aware of the spiritual dimensions of life.


R.E. will introduce pupils to people who live life in relation to a faith position. The understanding of faith position should be broad and pupils of Dunham-on-Trent C of E Primary School should recognise that religious traditions in Great Britain are in the main Christian and they should be aware of the Christian links between their school and the church. The children should also take into account the teachings and practices and some festivals of other principle religions of Judaism, Hinduism and Islam represented in Great Britain.


R.E. will encourage pupils to learn that taking up a religious stance in life involves exploration, faith, commitment and decision-making.


R.E. will help children to appreciate the status of sacred text with the faith community.


R.E. will help children to be aware of the similarities and differences of position between the great world faiths and to appreciate the importance of these traditions as they have evolved through history.


R.E. will help children to apply insights derived from the process of R.E. to the development of their own beliefs, values and attitudes.






Contribution to Spiritual, Moral, Social and Cultural development of pupils

Dunham C of E Primary School promotes the spiritual, moral, social and cultural development of pupils through the ethos of the school, the balanced and broad curriculum and collective worship. It is recognised that R.E. has a particularly important part to play in pupil’s spiritual and moral development and pupils will be explicitly required within R.E:-


To be challenged by ultimate questions of life and death


To be challenged by hearing claims to truth offered by people with a different religious or philosophical perspective on life


R.E. will contribute to the spiritual and moral development of pupils by providing a variety of learning experiences, which give children opportunities to:

  • Discuss matters of personal concern
  • Develop relationships with adults and peers
  • Develop a sense of belonging in the community
  • Be challenged by exploring beliefs and values of others whilst deepening knowledge and understanding of their own faith and beliefs.
  • Discuss religious and philosophical questions.
  • Experience what is aesthetically challenging.
  • Experience silence and reflection.


R.E. will contribute to the social and cultural development of pupils by providing children with activities which have a strong link with a traditional view of culture, music, literature and drama and which encourages pupils to participate in an understanding of the structures of society and to engage in community service.


R.E. in the Curriculum

Dunham School’s provision for R.E. will be fully in accordance with the Nottinghamshire Agreed Syllabus.


We have a two year cycle of topics for RE, taken mainly from the Nottinghamshire Agreed Syllabus and the QCA Guidance/Scheme of Work for RE. All the attainment targets are covered in this cycle through a variety of headings.


The progressed studies taught within the school will be:

  • Christianity (compulsory) 50% of R.E. curriculum
  • Judaism at key Stage 1.
  • Hinduism in years 3 and 4.
  • Islam in years 5 and 6


The time allocated specifically to R.E. is one hour per week. This does not include Collective Worship time or time spent on PSHE.


Planning and Teaching

The staff work from the 2 year rolling programme of R.E. topics (2 per term) which cover all attainment targets from the Agreed Syllabus. Learning objectives for the specific lessons are included in the medium term planning and are generally taken from the attainment targets to ensure coverage.


Visits and visitors are organised by the staff, R.E. coordinator or Head Teacher.


Planning for the implementation of the scheme of work is done in accordance with the Nottinghamshire Agreed Syllabus field of enquiry. This involves:


  • Exploring shared human experience centres on the question ‘what does it mean to be human?’


  • Exploring religious traditions – features of particular religious traditions encountered in the world.


  • Exploring beliefs and values, which lie at the heart of traditions.


  • Exploring personal meaning and enhancing the search for and the development of personal meaning.


  • When planning a scheme of work, teachers should identify the beliefs and values of the religion within the unit and then plan how these beliefs can be taught through the field of enquiry.


  • Teaching learning activities should then be planned to show how the scheme will be taught.


  • Teaching and learning experiences should include handling and exploration of religious artefacts, visitors from faith communities invited into school and educational visits to places of worship.


  • T.V. and radio programmes will be used where appropriate. I.T. will be used to enhance R.E. teaching where possible.


  • Each class teacher is responsible for the teaching of R.E. for their class unless otherwise stated by the Head Teacher (teachers have the right to withdraw).


  • Agreed Syllabus to be integrated with other curriculum areas but planning at both mid and short term should clearly identify the point of R.E. delivery.


  • Our 2 year framework ensures coverage.


Continuity and Progression

Continuity is ensured by careful monitoring of medium term planning by the Head Teacher. It may be possible for units of curriculum as set out in the Agreed Syllabus to be integrated into other areas of the curriculum and that the point of entry of R.E. is clearly pointed out.


Progression is measured through talking, drawing, writing and messages given to the children during R.E. The teachers make assessments of children’s ability to understand and respond, through discussion and marking of children’s work. Outcomes are not always in written form. All the children have an R.E. writing book or make a small topic folder, but may not use these each week or only make brief entries at the end of discussions.


R.E. will be taught through a variety of teaching styles, including acting, dancing, drawing, listening, looking, miming, painting, reading, writing, singing and talking.


Children will work in a variety of groupings e.g. individual, paired, groups, class etc.


Special Educational Needs

All pupils with special educational needs are entitled to the same broad and balanced curriculum as all the other pupils and this includes RE. Gaining maximum access and demonstrating achievement will require careful planning and differentiated work, based on the syllabus, where appropriate, and will aid children with special educational needs towards a basics understanding of RE issues.


Withdrawal of Pupils from R.E.

The 1988 and 1991 Education Acts recognise that parents may wish to withdraw their children from Religious Education or Worship. Any parent wishing to do so must consult the Head Teacher.


The Coordinator’s Role

  • The Co-ordinator’s role is:
  • To determine the aims of R.E. in accordance with the Nottinghamshire Agreed Syllabus.
  • To ensure that staff use the Nottinghamshire Agreed Syllabus
  • To ensure the R.E. curriculum is understood throughout the school
  • To ensure agreed methods are put into practice
  • To monitor day to day running of the R.E. curriculum
  • To review at intervals
  • To provide and organise resources within the school
  • To attend relevant courses to keep abreast of current procedures
  • To keep other colleagues informed of professional development by sharing information
  • To liaise with other schools and agencies and faith communities when necessary
  • Any other duties designated by Head Teacher as seem appropriate to post holder



Books, posters, photo packs, videotapes, audiotapes, artefacts and computer programmes.


All resources should be stimulating, authentic and have educational validity.


When using religious artefacts, teachers should handle with great respect and sensitivity.


Use should also be made of R.E. support materials from Christian Aid, Cafod, World Council of Churches, Tearfund, Oxfam, Amnesty International etc.


Contacts with outside agencies, organisations and faith groups

Dunham-on-Trent C of E Primary School will plan to establish an open and positive relationship with faith communities in the locality of the school and wider community.


Our school recognises that out of school visits are an important contribution to enrich curriculum experiences and recognises an exploration of beliefs is central to visits with opportunities for pupils to meet adherents as well as visit buildings.