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RE Curriculum

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RE Leads: Miss Chapman


At Archbishop Courtenay Primary school, we ensure RE provides a coherent, progressive and challenging approach to the teaching of Christianity within the context of the wider exploration of the diversity of religion, enabling our children to flourish. RE is deemed a core subject within our school curriculum and it has a vital role in developing religious literacy and deepening pupils' understanding of Christianity, in all its forms, and fostering appreciation and understanding of other faith traditions. RE is non-confessional and treated as an academic subject in its own right.  

As in all areas of the curriculum, we promote a love of learning, wisdom, hope and dignity within our Christian community and aspire to enable children to discover life in all its fullness which Jesus offers.


We provide a safe space in our RE curriculum for pupils to critically reflect on their own religious, spiritual and philosophical convictions, actively teaching respect and tolerance for one other's beliefs. Religious Education in our school also helps children to learn not only about their own religion and about other people's, but also to learn from religions, skills of: 

  • Consideration
  • Tolerance
  • Empathy
  • Respect
  • Forgiveness
  • Friendship


British Values

At Archbishop Courtenay Primary school, we understand clearly our responsibility in preparing children for future opportunities, responsibilities and experiences of later life, laying the foundations so that they can take their place successfully in modern British society. We promote a respect for and understanding of different faiths and cultures. The spiritual, moral, social and cultural development of each child is central to everything that we do as a school and central to our school vision. This is evidenced through our teaching and learning, our inclusive environment and through the many opportunities provided for our children to understand democracy, law, liberty, mutual respect and tolerance.



We use the Understanding Christianity project to support the teaching of Religious Education. We aim to support pupils to develop their own thinking and understanding of Christianity, the world and their place in the world. We teach the story of the Bible as a 'Big Story' of salvation. Throughout the course of their learning journey at ABC, our children learn and engage with Bible stories and theological concepts, exploring what these mean for Christians today and reflecting how these relate to children's own understanding.


We also use projects from the Inspiring RE resources to embed learning further, encourage pupils to think critically about their own beliefs and spirituality and gain a deeper understanding of key concepts. 


We ask 'Big Questions' to develop children's spirituality and a sense of awe and wonder in every aspect of their lives. We guide them as they think about the impact and connection that Christianity has on Britain's cultural heritage and the lives of people worldwide. In addition to this, we use the phrase ‘I wonder…’ to help deepen our children’s spiritual journey.


We enable children to develop a sound knowledge not only of Christianity but also of other world religions such as Judaism, Islam, Hindu Dharma and Sikhi and especially those that are the main faiths of children within our school enabling children to express their personal ideas and insights. We celebrate the wide range of faiths that we find within our school, community and within the wider world.



Children are monitored on a regular basis to check progress, teachers identify and fill gaps in children’s knowledge. We encourage all pupils to take responsibility for their own and their peers learning. Teacher assess and monitor progress through their teaching and questioning to enable then to adjust accordingly through planning to meet the children’s individual learning needs. At the end of the unit, teachers assess children’s progress towards the end of key stage national curriculum objectives. We use this to support our identification of gifted and talented pupils.


Collective Evidence

At Archbishop Courtenay Primary School, we believe that all pupils should have the opportunities to share their pupil voice. We do this in a number of ways. The curriculum allows opportunities for pupils to develop the skills, knowledge and understanding when using their pupil voice. The subject leader finds out pupil’s opinions about the teaching of R.E and the content covered through interviewing selected pupils during lesson observations. The subject leader acts upon the comments and suggestions of pupils wherever possible.


Enrichment Opportunities

  • Visits to All Saint’s Church
  • Weekly Assembly led by Vicar John
  • Hindu Dharma Workshop for LKS2
  • Hindu Dharma whole school assembly
  • UKS2 Mosque Visit
  • Family Trust workshop on the Trinity



  • Broaden children’s understanding of injustice and encourage them to reflect on how their actions can have an impact on the world around them.
  • Ensure consistency within all year groups in the way RE is assessed, ensuring that assessment criteria is clear and follows progression of skills.
  • Ensure children engage with key vocabulary throughout each unit of work and recall this key vocabulary when required.



This will be monitored through the collection of pupil and staff voices and any adjustments to the programme made where appropriate



    As you will see from our long-term plans, we teach Christianity for four terms. Two terms are dedicated to teaching an understanding of World Faiths, including Islam, Judaism, Hindu Dharma and Sikhi. We celebrate the wide range of faiths that we find within our school, community and within the wider world.