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"This is my simple religion.  There is no need for temples; no need for complicated philosophy.  Our own brain, our own heart is our temple; the philosophy is kindness." (Dalai Lama)

At Hillcroft, we are very aware of the drive to make RE a meaningful and relevant subject. Here at Hillcroft Primary School, the aim of Religious Education is to help children to acquire  and develop knowledge and understanding of Christianity, Islam, Judaism, Sikhism, Buddhism and Humanism. We foster an appreciation of the way that religious beliefs shape life and our behaviour. We develop the ability to make reasoned and informed judgements about religious and moral issues and enhance their spiritual, moral, social and cultural development.

Religious Education is taught throughout the school in such a way as to reflect the overall aims, values and philosophy of the school. At Hillcroft, Religious Education plays an important role, along with all other curriculum areas in promoting knowledgeable, critically- thinking, confident children.

At Hillcroft, it is our aim to facilitate the children in making links between their own lives and those of others in their community and the wider world. Our children are developing an understanding of other people’s cultures and ways of life and thus enriching their understanding of the world around them.

Children have the opportunity to look at real life artefacts and to discuss their own real life religious experiences. We promote Oracy through RE by encouraging children to question and debate different religious beliefs allowing them to collaborate and deepen their knowledge, understanding and topic related vocabulary. We encourage parents and children alike to participate and add to the religious educational experiences in our school.

Alongside teaching the wider range of religions, we also include a half-termly lesson on Humanism to give our children a well-rounded curriculum on other people’s beliefs and ways of life.

Discovery RE is used across all Key Stages to support the teaching of RE. Discovery RE adopts an enquiry-based approach to teaching and learning. The scheme contributes significantly to the children’s growing understanding of British values and supports children in building their self-awareness and skills of reflection.   The coverage is documented below. This scheme also includes an assessment at the end of each half term whereby the teachers assess Year group objectives, knowledge and skills. The skills and knowledge of which are built upon yearly.

Pupil Voice:

I like the stories in the Bible. I like the story about Jesus and the storm. He tells the storm to calm down. Daniel, Year 2


In RE we learnt all about how people celebrate when a baby is born. Some people don’t go to a church, some people celebrate in the park (Humanists). I liked it because we saw all the different things people do. I like the temple one the best.  Zahra, Y 1

I like RE because I enjoy learning about different religions and Gods in particular. The stories are interesting and all the religions are different. James, Year 5

Progression of Skills and Knowledge:

At Hillcroft Primary School, we follow the National Curriculum.  From this, we ensure that skills and knowledge are taught in the appropriate year groups to ensure progression and sequencing.

Across Early Years, to ensure progression from the newly published Early Years Framework into KS1, we follow the revised and updated July 2021 version of Development Matters.  In our Nursery, children are aged three and four, and so the progression maps show the objectives related to Three and Four year-old objectives.  However, some children join after just turning three, therefore, with these children and following rigorous assessment of starting points, it may be deemed necessary to look at the Birth to Three objectives too.  

For more information on this, please see the Nursery and Reception year group pages.  

Below are links to our Progression of Skills and Knowledge documents. 

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