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Religious Education Curriculum Design

True religion is real living; living with all one’s soul, with all one’s goodness & righteousness.

Albert Einstein


At Thorpe Willoughby, we recognise that Religious Education plays an important part in developing our children’s spiritual, moral, social and cultural growth. Through the teaching of Religious Education, children gain a better understanding of themselves and their belief system and also develop a knowledge and understanding of the differing beliefs of others. 


Religious Education offers our children the means by which to understand how other people choose to live and to understand why they choose to live in that way. This helps children to develop respect towards the opinions of others; respect being one of our important school values. As well as developing factual knowledge of a variety of religions, Religious Education also encourages students to ask questions about life, develop self-reflection and promotes attitudes of confidence and thoughtfulness about themselves. We recognise the importance of developing the individual child culturally, spiritually, morally, and socially. 


We aspire to help children to develop the ability to make reasoned and informed judgements about religious and moral issues which is an essential skill in our 21st century multi-cultural society.


What RE Looks Like at Thorpe Willoughby

Our Religious Education curriculum is taught using The North Yorkshire Locally Agreed Syllabus for Religious Education written by the Standing Advisory Council on RE (SACRE) 2019-2024. The RE curriculum drawn up by  SACRE, reflects 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.


Within our Religious Education Curriculum, we ensure:

  • In Key Stages 1 & 2, children are taught a minimum of  three Key Question units each academic year taken from the Believing, Expressing & Living Strand.
  • All children learn about Christianity in each Key Stage. In addition, children will learn from other principal religions represented in the UK. These are Islam, Hinduism, Sikhism, Buddhism and Judaism. 
  • Specific religions are taught at each Key Stage, as specified in the North Yorkshire Agreed syllabus.
  • Children from families where non-religious worldviews are held, are represented. These worldviews will also be a focus for study including ,for example, Humanism.
  • Children learn about significant people, places and events within religion and their festivals.
  • Enhanced religious education experiences are provided. For example, visitors from faith communities come into school, children visit a place of worship in the local community. 
  • During their time at Thorpe Willoughby CP School, children visit our local abbey; Selby Abbey.



RE - Whole School Overview