Religious Education


RE in Christ Church CE Primary School is taught in accordance with the requirements of the Shropshire Agreed Syllabus 2014. RE has a special status as part of the basic curriculum but not the National Curriculum. This means that RE has equal standing in relation to the National curriculum subjects but it is not subject to statutorily prescribed national attainment targets, programmes of study and assessment arrangements, which would be compulsory for all pupils, without exception

Religious Education at our school is centred around fourteen key questions (see the Shropshire Agreed Syllabus 2014). Six key concepts are explored through the questions: Identity, Diversity and Belonging, Practices and Ways of Life, Expressing Meaning, Values and Commitments, Beliefs, Teachings and Sources and Meaning, Purpose and Truth.  Our Long Term RE Plan is available here re-long-term-plan

The Shropshire Agreed Syllabus says that:

‘Religious Education should enhance learning through helping children:

  • to learn about religion: developing knowledge and understanding of religious experiences, insights, beliefs and practices
  • to learn from religion: to deepen or realise their own beliefs and respect the freedom of other people to hold beliefs different from their own, so preparing them for adult life as citizens in a plural society
  • to develop an awareness of a spiritual dimension to life
  • to develop an awareness that many people believe human life depends on an ultimate being or sustaining creative power, often referred to as God’

Our scheme of work will ensure that Christianity is included in each key stage. In Reception and Key Stage 1, Christianity and Sikhism are taught. In Key Stage 2 Christianity, and two faiths – Sikhism and Judaism are taught. To understand Christianity better, an understanding of Judaism and Old Testament is useful and important. Other faiths will be referred to e.g. at times of celebrations and in relation to other topic themes e.g. in relation to geographical location units or other RE questions from the Agreed Syllabus.

Our teaching of Religious Education, like all our school life, is rooted in our fundamental Christian values. We have eleven Christian values, which are: compassion, courage, forgiveness, friendship, peace, perseverance, respect, responsibility, thankfulness, trust and truthfulness.

Parents have the right to request that their child is withdrawn for Religious Education. Please contact the headteacher in the first instance if you feel this is something you wish to do.

Useful Documents:

For RE Policy click on re-policy-sum-16-19

Christian Values