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Gonerby Hill Foot

Church of England Primary School


Religious Education & SMSC

The aim of our RE curriculum is to help our pupils to hold balanced and informed conversations about religion and belief. Our pupils will study of a range of religions, belief systems and world views through a balanced approach between theology, philosophy and social science.

  • Theology is about believing. It looks at where beliefs come from, how they have changed over time, how they are applied differently in different contexts and how they relate to each other.
  • Philosophy is about thinking. It is about finding out how and whether things make sense. It deals with questions of morality and ethics. It takes seriously the nature of reality, knowledge and existence.
  • Social science is about living. It explores the diverse ways in which people practise their beliefs. It engages with the impact of beliefs on individuals, communities and societies.

RE is provided in accordance with the Lincolnshire Agreed Syllabus 2018 and the Education Reform Act 1988. We believe that, as a Church school, we are in a unique position to develop a clearer understanding of the ways in which Christian values can be reflected within the whole curriculum of the school. Our school is inclusive though and we welcome diversity. All faiths are respected, protected and encouraged and we are sensitive to the home background of every child.  However, parents can withdraw their children from all or part of Religious Education. This can be discussed fully with teachers.

Progression in learning

In EYFS pupils are Introduced to the idea of people being special and encouraged to talk about similarities and differences between themselves and others They are also encouraged to ask and answer ‘how and why’ questions in response to religious stories and events.

In Key Stage 1 pupils mainly study Christianity and Islam and are introduced to the key beliefs and holy books. They begin to explore what people believe about God and how faith affects the way they live their lives. They explore how believers express their beliefs through worship and celebrations.

In Key Stage 2 pupils further study the key beliefs of Christianity and Islam as well as Hinduism and Buddhism. Pupils develop an understanding of religious symbolism and texts as they consider what people believe about God. They explore how religious beliefs influence the way they live their daily lives.