Houghton Primary School

Religious Education

To find out more about the Religious Education Curriculum for each year group for each term please visit the class webpages.

Key characteristics

We have identified the following key characteristics which we aim to develop to enable children to develop knowledge, understanding and skills relating to religious education:

  • An outstanding level of religious understanding and knowledge.
  • A thorough engagement with a range of ultimate questions about the meaning and significance of existence.
  • The ability to ask significant and highly reflective questions about religion and demonstrate an excellent understanding of issues related to the nature, truth and value of religion.
  • A strong understanding of how the beliefs, values, practices and ways of life within any religion cohere together.
  • Exceptional independence; the ability to think for themselves and take the initiative in, for example, asking questions, carrying out investigations, evaluating ideas and working constructively with others.
  • Significant levels of originality, imagination or creativity, which are shown in their responses to their learning in RE.
  • The ability to link the study of religion and belief to personal reflections on meaning and purpose.
  • A wide knowledge and deep understanding across a wide range of religions and beliefs. 

Opportunities for religious education

In order to ensure that our children are provided with a range of opportunities to enable them to become more knowledgeable about religion we:

Key Stage One

Key Stage Two

Opportunities to:

  • Study the main stories of Christianity.
  • Study at least one other religion. Choose from Buddhism, Hinduism, Islam, Judaism or Sikhism.
  • Study other religions of interest to pupils

Opportunities to:

  • Study the beliefs, festivals and celebrations of Christianity.
  • Study at least two other religions in depth. Choose from Buddhism, Hinduism, Islam, Judaism or Sikhism.
  • Study three of the major six religions not studied in depth in order to gain a brief outline.
  • Study other religions of interest to pupils

Key learning objectives for Religious Education

We have identifed the following key learning objectives for Religious Education:

To understand beliefs and teachings

To understand practices and lifestyles

To understand how beliefs are conveyed

To reflect

To understand values