Aims and purposes of RE

RE provides opportunities for students to:

RE does not seek to urge religious beliefs on children nor to compromise the integrity of their own beliefs by promoting one religion over another.

Content of RE

In RE, students acquire and apply knowledge and understanding of:

Christianity, Buddhism, Hinduism, Islam, Judaism and Sikhism;

As well as learning about religions, students also develop their ability to respond to what they have learnt.

Language and communication

Students develop language skills through:

Values and attitudes


Building on children's earlier experiences

These experiences are likely to have included:

Features of progression

Progress in RE can be characterised by:

Progression depends on the provision of regular opportunities for pupils to engage in and develop their skills of:

As they move through school children progress:



using everyday language

increasingly precise use of religious vocabulary

personal knowledge of a few areas of RE

understanding a wider range of areas and the links between them

unstructured exploration

more systematic investigation of questions

identifying what is of value and concern to themselves or others

asking questions and suggesting answers to moral and religious questions