• Children will learn about different people and communities and develop their tolerance and respect for other beliefs.
  • To provide a safe space for children to explore the ‘big questions’ in life, equipping them with systematic knowledge and understanding of a range of religions and worldviews. This then enables them to develop their own ideas, values and identities.

How RE links with our school values

Resilience – Children will develop a positive sense of themselves alongside the self-discipline to understand and accept differences in others.
Aspiration – Children develop a creative approach to learning and confidence to ask questions. They build a commitment to their own beliefs.
Integrity – Children learn about the importance of having a strong moral compass.
Respect – Children show respect for the opinions and beliefs of others through an understanding of each other and world faiths.


  • In Early Years, we follow Development Matters. RE sits within the areas of personal, social and emotional development and understanding of the world.
  • At Acomb Primary School, Years 1-6 plan our RE curriculum using the York Locally Agreed Syllabus.
  • We have mixed-age classes, therefore our long term plan follows a two year cycle with carefully placed units across the two years ensuring breadth of study and progression. Each unit is based on a big question that aims to promote deep thought.
  • We have a progression document that outlines key knowledge and vocabulary. Teachers plan using this alongside our skills progression document to support with the depth of understanding.
  • Where possible, our teaching will be supplemented with trips to places of worship or visits from people from religious communities.
  • The units have been designed so that pupils develop knowledge and understanding of the principal religions in Great Britain and Christianity is taught as a core religion in both key stages.
  • Our RE curriculum allows children to see the similarities within the major religions and make connections. Each year group will look at festivals in a variety of religions.


The intended impact is that children will:

  • Learn to respond sensitively and imaginatively to questions about their own and others’ ideas, experiences and feelings.
  • Leave school prepared for life in Modern Britain with respectful, positive attitudes developed towards all people, regardless of religion with an understanding that all people should be treated equally.

RE Curriculum Map:

Here you can see our curriculum newsletters for RE: