Religious Education

The Religious Education Curriculum at Carrington Junior School




Our belief is that, using an enquiry-based model well, children’s critical thinking skills can be developed, their motivation to learn increased, and their knowledge and understanding of, and empathy with people and their beliefs, religious or otherwise, will be enhanced. This approach takes very seriously the philosophy that children are free to make their own choices and decisions concerning religion and belief. RE does not try to persuade but rather to inform and develop the skills with which evaluation can take place.


Religious Education is a key player in engendering knowledge and understanding which can lead to tolerance and respect for others and their beliefs. It does not, however, teach children to passively accept, but rather encourages evaluation and critical thinking, equipping them to consider belief positions they encounter. It contributes significantly to the British Values agenda and the mapping documents on the Community Area and at the beginning of each year group show how.

The Religious Education Curriculum will focus on:


  •        Focus on substantive’ knowledge: knowledge about various religious and non-religious traditions
  •        Secure ‘ways of knowing’: pupils learn ‘how to know’ about religion and non-religion
  •        ‘personal knowledge’: pupils build an awareness of their own presuppositions and values about the religious and non-religious traditions they study



  •        Provide and encourage the opportunity for all children to have the knowledge and skills required to be a theologian. 
  •        Provide children will the skills and knowledge to hold an informed and balanced conversation about their own and world views.
  •        Provide opportunity for children to develop their religious literacy and to know and understand a range of religious and nonreligious world views.
  •        To gain an understanding of views through a theological, philosophical and human/social science lenses.
  •        For children to be able to express ideas and insight about the nature, significance and impact of religious and non-religious world views through a multidisciplinary approach.


We teach Religious Education taught in a whole-class setting, using the Discovery RE scheme of work. The lessons are designed to motivate children from the first moment and have clear, achievable objectives and incorporate creative activities for different learning styles.

• Reflection: Offer opportunities for personal reflection and pupils’ spiritual, moral, social and cultural development as it encourages pupils to examine the significance of their learning in relation to themselves and others.

• Explore beliefs: Enable pupils to explore their own beliefs (whether they are religious or not), ideas, feelings, experiences and values in the light of what they learn and encourage pupils to develop their own sense of identity and belonging.
• Diversity: Develops an aptitude for dialogue so that they can participate positively in our society with its diverse religious and non-religious worldviews.
• Understand the world: Enable pupils to have a nuanced and informed understanding of political, social and moral issues that they will need to face as they grow up in an increasingly globalised world and help pupils deal positively with controversial issues, to manage strongly held differences of belief and to challenge stereotypes and prejudice.