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Religious Education: intent, implementation and impact


At Stannington First School, we follow Northumberland’s Agreed Syllabus for Religious Education. Our aim is to ensure that all pupils:

A. Know about and understand a range of religions and worldviews, so that they can: describe, explain and analyse beliefs and practices, recognising the diversity which exists within and between communities and amongst individuals; identify, investigate and respond to questions posed and responses offered by some of the sources of wisdom found in religions and worldviews; appreciate and appraise the nature, significance and impact of different ways of expressing meaning.

B. Express ideas and insights about the nature, significance and impact of religions and worldviews, so that they can: explain reasonably their ideas about how beliefs, practices and forms of expression influence individuals and communities; express with increasing discernment their personal reflections and critical responses to questions and teachings about identity, diversity, meaning and value, including ethical issues; appreciate and appraise different dimensions of a religion or worldview.

C. Acquire and deploy the skills needed to engage seriously with religions and worldviews, so that they can: find out about and investigate key concepts and questions of belonging, meaning, purpose and truth, responding creatively; enquire into what enables different individuals and communities to live together respectfully for the well-being of all; articulate beliefs, values and commitments clearly in order to explain why they may be important in their own and other people’s lives.


Our R.E and citizenship lessons, educational visits and themed activity days are carefully planned to ensure we cover the following aspects:

Beliefs and teachings (from various religions)

Understanding the key teachings of various religions.

Rituals, ceremonies and lifestyles (from various religions)

Exploring the day-to-day lives and practices of various religions.

How beliefs are expressed

Understanding how books, scriptures, symbols, art and readings convey beliefs.

Time to reflect and personal growth

Showing an appreciation for how religion plays an important role in people’s lives. Exploring identity and who we are.

Values (in school life, own life and others’ lives)

Showing an appreciation for what people value and how it is an important aspect of their life. Making sense of right and wrong and choices we make.

Throughout Early Years, KS1 and lower KS2, an emphasis on personal growth and community cohesion is evident, allowing for personal development for the children across the school.
Our pupils have a better understanding of the main religions that make up the UK and world landscape and how they can learn from and work alongside each other to create community cohesion. They are also more informed about their position in the world, and the decisions they can make impacting their future. Our pupils can talk confidently about their well-being, moral and cultural development for the society in which they live.
Our RE  curriculum promotes inquisitive minds, respect, tolerance and understanding for all those around them including themselves. This is evidenced in many ways; through our pupils using the correct vocabulary, explanations and respectful opinions, as well as cross-curricular evidence, for example religious and cultural art work, drama, craft and presentations.