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Religious Education and British Values

R.E. Lead - Mrs Govier

Our Vision 

At South Green Infant School and Nursery, RE contributes to our pupils' education by provoking questions about meaning and purpose in life, belief about God and issues of right and wrong.

We aim to engage, inspire, challenge and encourage our pupils to question; equipping them with the knowledge and skills they need to be out in the community



Our RE curriculum takes into account our pupils' backgrounds and interests. Our pupils receive high quality and ambitious teaching in their RE lessons.


  • For the children to build a sense of identity and belonging and to teach them to respect themselves and others
  • For the children to consider their responsibilities to themselves and others in their school, families and wider community; to encourage empathy, generosity and compassion
  • To develop a sense of awe, wonder and mystery
  • For the children to become aware, to understand and to value in a variety of different ways, the importance that their friends and families, the people of South Green, England and across the world have many different religions, each with their own beliefs, practices, special stories, places of worship and festival, and by providing high quality, coherent and progressive experiences to enhance this understanding
  • That, by learning from and about these different religions, the children begin to understand the world around them and that, in learning about the world around them, the children will be encouraged to ask questions  and to reflect on their own beliefs, values and experiences
  • To deepen the children’s critical thinking skills and make the learning meaningful by linking it with the children’s own experiences
  • That, overtime, RE will engage, inspire, challenge and give children the tools to make their own choices in life in an informed, critical way.




  • We follow the guidance provided by Essex (exploRE)
  • We decided as a school that Christianity would predominate and that aspects of other principal religions are also covered; we take into consideration that Islam is the second largest religion in Essex and that it is so widely misrepresented and misunderstood; and that Judaism is so closely related to Christianity
  • Each year we consider the faith backgrounds of the children in our school and ensure that we help these children celebrate their key festivals
  • In KS1 we follow six study units : special people

                                                     special places

                                                     special words and stories

                                                     special things in nature

                                                     special symbols and objects

                                                     special ways of living

  • These six units enable the children to see the similarities between Christianity, Judaism and Islam
  • We ensure each study unit progresses from the home, the school and the children’s own personal experiences onto the larger community
  • In the Foundation Stage children learn about who they are, where they belong and the things that are important in their lives. They listen to and talk about stories, reflecting on their own feelings and experiences. They have many opportunities to show curiosity and to develop their appreciation and wonder of the world
  • In Key Stage 1 children learn different beliefs about God and the world around them. They encounter and respond to a range of stories, artefacts and other religious materials. They learn to recognise that beliefs are expressed in a variety of ways and begin to use specialist vocabulary. The children are encouraged to ask relevant questions; they talk about what is important to them and the people around them, reflecting on their own feelings and experiences and developing a sense of belonging
  • We have visitors from the Christian Church and the Jewish synagogue
  • We make visits to the local Christian church and hopefully to the Jewish synagogue in Westcliff
  • We progressively celebrate Harvest, Christmas and Easter




  • When pupils leave us at the end of KS1, they will have the knowledge of Christian festivals and be able to describe some religious stories and be able to explain some Christian practices such as prayer and worship
  • The will have some knowledge of other religions, mainly Judaism and Islam
  • They will have developed skills which will aid their confidence in questioning concepts and ensure they develop skills such as empathy and tolerance
  • For children to be able to make links between their own lives and those of others in their community and in the wider world
  • For the children to develop an understanding of other people's cultures and ways of life ​​
  • Assessment will be through the means of in class questions and feedback questions
  • Descriptors are used to indicate if pupils have achieved “working towards”, “working at” or “working beyond” the RE judgements


Curriculum Overview

Progression in R.E.

R.E. Vocabulary

R.E. Policies

Useful Links for R.E.