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Being a spiritual thinker:

We explore the beliefs and practices of religions and other world views.   We respect that everyone is different and we celebrate this.  We are inclusive, empathetic and we are empowered to learn from each other. We think about how we respectfully respond to others and the world around us. We understand that not everyone feels the same as us and we are taught to see other people`s points of view. We reflect on our own beliefs, values and we relate our learning to our own experiences. We develop critical and reflective skills that help us to discover our own journey of purpose and meaning. We explore the commonality and diversity of world faiths and beliefs. We are curious - we ask questions of ourselves and of others. We create community links and we are building a cohesive society.   We love learning about the different religions, beliefs and world views!

R.E at Kirkheaton Primary School

Please see below our curriculum intent/rationale.  

Kirklees developed a new syllabus in 2019 called ‘Believing and Belonging’ written by Pennine Learning Associates Ltd for Calderdale, Kirklees and Leeds Councils. Within this syllabus, there is a continuous flow between core religions, they are revisited frequently so that key terminology, leaders and stories will stay in the children’s long-term memory.

Please read the following pages to find out more about R.E. at our School following the 'Believing and Belonging' syllabus:

  • Foreword - p 4 to 5
  • Why R.E. Matters - p 6 to 7
  • Summary of Syllabus Requirements - p 8 to 10
  • Statutory Requirements - p 11 to 16
  • General Subject Content from Early Years/Foundation Stage to Key Stage 2 - p 17 to 20
  • Knowlegde and Understanding of Core Religions (Buhhism, Christainity, Hinduism, Islam, Judiasm, Non-religious world views and Sikhism) - p 31 to 65
  • Time Allocation - p 66
  • Planning and enriching the R.E. curriculum- p 67 to 76
  • Assessment and end of Key Stage Statements (Key Stage 1 and 2) - p 77 to 79
  • Progress Ladder for Key Stage 1 and 2 - p 82 to 83

Our intent

At Kirkheaton Primary School we aim to provide high quality Religious Education to promote spiritual, moral, social and cultural development and allow the children to understand the concept of diversity. As part of a broad and balanced curriculum, Kirkheaton Primary School follows ‘Believing and Belonging’, the agreed syllabus for Religious Education in Kirklees. 

Pupils are encouraged to enter into rich discourse about the religious and non-religious traditions that have shaped Great Britain and the World.  Through the study of religion, pupils will gain a wider understanding of the communities that we serve and their place in that community.  We aim to give children the knowledge, critical thinking skills, open minded and respectful attitudes with which to investigate the world of religion and beliefs, and make their own decisions about what this means to them, whilst empathising with what it means to those who hold those beliefs. We also aim enable children to grow spiritually by developing their awareness and skills of reflection, their experience of awe and wonder and their appreciation of stillness and silence.  

At Kirkheaton Primary School, we believe the RE curriculum is important because it helps pupils to respect others, it improves their knowledge of global affairs and it helps them to gain a broader understanding of views and beliefs.  We believe that it is fundamental for the holistic development of the child - physically, mentally and spiritually. It lays the foundations for respectfulness and open-mindedness in a diverse society, striving for better relationships and understanding in our shared world.


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