Religious Education

What is taught in Religious Education in Poppleton Road School?

At Poppleton Road Primary, we follow the York SACRE agreed syllabus where R.E teaching must reflect the fact that the religious traditions in Great Britain are in the main Christian, while taking account of the teaching and practices of the other principal religions represented in Great Britain.

The curriculum for RE aims to ensure that all pupils:

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 wisdom2 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.

When are specific skills and knowledge taught?

Pupils at Poppleton Road Primary will learn about Christianity in each key stage. In addition, pupils will learn from the principal religions represented in the UK. These are Islam, Hinduism, Sikhism, Buddhism and Judaism. Furthermore, children will learn from other worldviews, including for example Humanism.

4-5 year olds

Early Years

Children will encounter Christianity and other faiths as part of their growing sense of self, their own community and their place within it.
5-7 years

Key Stage 1

Christians, Muslims or Jewish people.
7-11 years

Key Stage 2

Christians, Muslims, Hindus and Jewish people.

How do we teach R.E?

R.E is taught as a discrete subject either by the class teacher or a HLTA during dedicated time or on subject enrichment days. Teaching of R.E is creative and imaginative. It should offer all pupils the opportunity to talk with people from different cultures and visit a range of places of worship. Teaching should equip pupils with knowledge and understanding of a range of religions and worldviews, enabling them to develop their own ideas, values and identities.

Why do we teach R.E?

R.E is a statutory subject which is taught regularly and consistently. It is an important part of a broad and balanced curriculum.

Religious Education contributes to children’s education in Poppleton Road Primary school by provoking challenging questions about meaning and purpose in life, beliefs about God(s), issues of right and wrong and what it means to be human. In doing so, pupils will learn to articulate clearly and coherently their personal beliefs, ideas, values and experiences while respecting the right of others to differ.


RE Progression Linked to York Agreed Syllabus