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Religious Education in the Curriculum


'RE is an important curriculum subject. It is important in its own right and also makes a unique contribution to the spiritual, moral, social and cultural development of pupils and supports wider community cohesion.' (Religious Education in English Schools: Non-Statutory Guidance 2020).


Whilst Religious Education is a non-statutory subject in our curriculum, every maintained school in England must provide a basic curriculum (RE, sex education and the National Curriculum). This includes provision for RE for all registered pupils at the school except for those withdrawn by their parents in accordance with Schedule 19 to the School Standards and Framework Act 1998. As a school we follow the locally agreed syllabus for Peterborough Local Authority and as a church school this is combined with our school's Christian Values to ensure that children learn about the religious traditions of Great Britain, which are in the main Christian, whilst taking account of the the teaching and practices of the other principle religions represented in Great Britain. 


The Agreed Syllabus for Peterborough can be found at:



Our vision for RE


To develop tolerant, respectful and inquisitive children who respond with wonderment and awe to the changing world around them.


Aims of R.E  at Eye CE Primary School


Our aims our RE align with those of the 2018 Agreed Syllabus:


  • to develop religious literacy; 
  • to acquire and develop knowledge and understanding of Christianity and the other principal religions and world views represented in the United Kingdom;
  • to develop an understanding of the influence of the beliefs, values and traditions on individuals, communities, societies and cultures;
  • to develop attitudes of respect towards other people who hold views and beliefs different from their own; 
  • to develop the ability to make reasoned and informed judgements about religious issues, with reference to the principal religions and world views represented locally and in the United Kingdom.


To do this RE should: 


  • develop pupils' skills;
  • enable them to ask questions;
  • enable children to discover information, approaching new material with empathy; 
  • support children in reflecting on their learning.


Throughout the RE curriculum pupils should be encouraged to explore religions, engage with their knowledge, and reflect on their learning and their lives.


Curriculum Organisation

The school’s work in R.E is based on Peterborough’s Agreed Syllabus 2018 as required by law.  At Eye CE Primary School we have a devised long term plan, in line with National Curriculum expectations to teach our topic work and where possible we have linked in units that fit in with the planned topics (See long term plan).   Where this is not possible the RE unit is taught as a stand-alone subject. 


Each Key Stage builds upon the one before, so by the time pupils reach the end of KS2, they should have had the opportunity to receive a broad, inclusive religious education. Teachers considered the religious experience of the pupils in the whole school when planning which religions to look at and in which order.


Christianity is studied in all Key Stages.  The choice of which other religions to study in KS1 was based on the experience of the pupils in the class and local demographic. By the end of KS2 all major religions (Christianity, Islam, Judaism, Hinduism, Buddhism and Sikhism) and a secular world view (humanism) will have been studied.



Right of withdrawal

Parents have the right to withdraw their children from all or any part of RE.    Requests for this should be made in writing to the head teacher.  

Eye C of E Primary School Religious Education Long Term Plan

Here are just a few examples of RE learning at Eye C of E Primary School

To find out more about our role as a Church School, click on this link. 

Here are some links to help you find more information about the religions we learn about.