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Religious Education


R.E. Subject Leader: Miss J Wilson

Our RE Curriculum Intent

At Girnhill Infant School the teaching of RE is based on the Wakefield Agreed Syllabus 2018-2023.  It is our intent that our RE curriculum will enable pupils to gain a developing knowledge of the right of people to hold diverse beliefs and values, and help them develop positive attitudes of respect and tolerance towards other people. 

We use RE to encourage our children to develop an appreciation of the world in which they live and to reflect upon their responsibility towards it.  RE also provides us with opportunities to enhance children’s spiritual, moral, social and cultural development. 

As part of daily collective worship, our children learn about principle religions, through the celebration of festivals from a variety of different faiths.  We have strong links with the Methodist church in Featherstone and Rev Andrew is a valued member of our school community, regularly visiting our school and contributing to our celebration assemblies.



Our Principal Aim for Teaching RE:


RE explores people’s beliefs and asks questions about life.  It helps children understand the differences and similarities between people and how they live, based on their beliefs. Through RE children learn to reflect and respond to their own ideas.    


  • RE aims to develop children’s knowledge and understanding of Christianity and other principal religions.
  • It promotes children's spiritual, moral, social and cultural development through exploring their own and other’s beliefs.
  • RE plays a key role in developing children’s sense of identity and belonging.
  • It enables children to develop respect for others, particularly those whose faiths and beliefs are different from their own.
  • RE is important in enabling children to develop a wider understanding of the world in which they live.


The Curriculum for RE aims to ensure that all pupils:


  1. 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 life and ways of expressing meaning.


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 varied dimensions of religion.


Gain 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 wellbeing 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 RE Curriculum Implementation

RE is a core subject of the curriculum for all pupils. In order to deliver the aims and expected standards of the syllabus effectively, 36 hours of RE is provided for both Reception and Key Stage 1.  RE is delivered weekly, through clearly identifiable slots on the timetable and is also supplemented by collective worship and special assemblies taking place throughout the year.  This agreed syllabus requires that all pupils learn from Christianity in each key stage.  In addition, pupils will learn from the principal religions represented in the UK, in line with the law.   


 Early Years Foundation Stage

Children in EYFS will study Christianity and other faiths, as part of their growing sense of self, their own community and their place within it. They will encounter religions and worldviews through special people, books, times, places and objects and by visiting places of worship.  They will listen to and talk about stories.  Children will be introduced to subject specific words and use all of their senses to explore beliefs, practices and forms of expression.  They will be given opportunities to ask questions and reflect on their own feelings and experiences. They will use their imagination and curiosity to develop their appreciation and wonder at the world in which they live. 


 Key Stage 1

Pupils in Keys Stage 1 will study Christain people and Muslim People.  They will develop their knowledge and understanding of religions and worldviews, recognising their local, national and global contexts.  They will use basic subject specific vocabulary and will be encouraged to raise questions and begin to express their own views in response to the material they learn about and in response to questions about their ideas.  The teaching and learning of RE will enable pupils to:

A - Know about and understand a range or religions and worldviews.

B - Express ideas and insights about the nature, significance and impact of religions and worldviews.

C - Gain and deploy the skills needed to engage seriously with religions and worldviews.  


Our RE Curriculum Impact

RE assessment is ongoing to inform teachers with their planning, lesson activities and differentiation. Summative assessment is completed at the end of each unit to inform leaders of the improvements or skills that still need to be embedded. RE is monitored throughout all year groups using a variety of strategies such as folder/book scrutinies, lesson abservations and pupil interviews.       



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