Religious Education

Subject Leader: June Lowther

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At Selside Endowed CE Primary School we are committed to providing an effective, distinctive, inclusive and exciting education based upon Christian values.  We work together to promote a school environment where children feel welcome and safe at all times, in line with our agreed Christian values. Children will learn to respect different faiths and customs and diverse communities can live together. To develop an awareness understanding of self and ability to build meaningful friendships. Children will develop their understanding about how religious beliefs can inspire, develop courage and influence the lives of themselves and others. To develop their own spirituality and personal reflection and thankfulness for the world all around them.

We follow the Cumbria Agreed Syllabus for RE which reflects the National Framework for RE, and base our RE units and teaching on the Carlisle Diocese RE units of work.  At least 5% of curriculum time (an hour a week) is devoted to RE.  Christianity plays a central role in RE, taking up between two thirds and three quarters of the time available appropriate teaching about other faiths.  The Religious Education curriculum maintains a balanced approach of Learning about Religion (Attainment Target 1) and Learning from Religion (Attainment Target 2)

According to the Cumbria Agreed Syllabus the aims of RE are to enable young people to be:

Enquiring: that pupils develop curiosity about life, willing to enquire into questions of ultimate meaning and worth and the concepts by which religions, beliefs and values seek to address challenging questions.

Informed: that pupils develop the skills and attitudes that enable them to be well-informed about the religious and nonreligious responses to the big questions of life and how these are expressed through practice. This includes both knowing and understanding beliefs and values including the concepts through which these are expressed. The emphasis is on enabling young people to be pro-active in the process of informing themselves, not solely dependent on being informed by others.

Reflective: that pupils develop the ability to reflect on and express their own views while thinking about other people’s beliefs and values. Pupils are able to think and question, to consider, analyse, and evaluate issues of truth, belief, faith and ethics and to express their responses. They learn from as well as about religion. They reflect upon beliefs and values both rationally and effectively as part of their own spiritual development. Expressing: that pupils develop the confidence and ability to express respectfully their knowledge, understanding and views. They are able to participate in their own learning by expressing the questions and concepts they wish to explore.



RE Long term Assessment & Vocabulary

RE Policy 2021

Carlisle Diocese RE units of work


Enrichment and Culture Capital

RE enables children be informed, enquiring and reflective about religions and worldviews, beliefs and values. Together with other areas of the curriculum, RE contributes towards our children’s moral and social development, encouraging responsible caring attitude and to help form personal opinions and judgements about right and wrong. RE allows are pupils to build on their creativity as they respond to and reflect upon their learning, express their own ideas, natural curiosity and asking BIG, challenging questions. Children will develop, through a variety of experiences and activities:

  • RE lessons/days,
  • Value days,
  • Links with St Thomas Church,
  • Links with other CE schools,
  • Festivals; Harvest, Christmas, Easter
  • Archbishop of York Award,
  • Collective worship (assemblies)
  • Charity fundraising,
  • Everyone Together Afternoons,
  • Extra-curricular clubs, sports clubs,
  • Outdoor education and residentials,
  • Visits and visitors


We want our Pupils to have:

  • An outstanding level of religious understanding and knowledge.
  • A thorough engagement with a range of ultimate questions about the meaning and significance of existence.
  • The ability to ask significant and highly reflective questions about religion and demonstrate an excellent understanding of issues related to the nature, truth and value of religion.
  • A strong understanding of how the beliefs, values, practices and ways of life within any religion cohere together.
  • Exceptional independence; the ability to think for themselves and take the initiative in, for example, asking questions, carrying out investigations, evaluating ideas and working constructively with others.
  • Significant levels of originality, imagination or creativity, which are shown in their responses to their learning in RE.
  • The ability to link the study of religion and belief to personal reflections on meaning and purpose.
  • A wide knowledge and deep understanding across a wide range of religions and beliefs.