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At Peakirk cum Glinton Primary school, our RE curriculum allows pupils to understand the way Christians and other faith communities make sense of texts and varied interpretations.  This will allow them to understand the impact of beliefs in the lives and make connections to wider learning and to themselves. Through Religious Education, we aim for our pupils to develop their understanding of Christianity, as a contribution to their understanding of the world and their own experience within it.  This in turn, will develop their understanding of significant theological concepts within Christianity and their own self-understanding of understanding of the world, as part of their wider religious literacy.  We aim for children to make connections, critically reflect upon and apply their own growing understanding of religion and belief, within the practices of all six major religions (particularly Christianity), including Humanism.  Pupils will make comparisons between sacred writing, beliefs and practices.  They will understand the diversity of belief in different religions, locally, nationally and globally.  There will be opportunities to explore a wide range of responses to questions about different faith groups and exploring core theological concepts.  Expressing a view as to why belonging to a faith community may be valuable both to different faith members and to their own lives will be encouraged and supported.  They will discuss and apply their own and others ideas about key questions shared in school.  Pupils will explore religions, engage with their knowledge, and reflect on their learning and their lives through enquiry-based learning.


At Peakirk cum Glinton Primary School we use, ‘The Agreed Syllabus (2018-2023)’, which is the legal basis for Religious Education in Peterborough Schools. The core and additional units of work are based upon the ‘community of Enquiry’ approach to teaching and learning.  A key question is explored through a number of smaller questions over a series of lessons that build a unit of work.   ‘Understanding Christianity’ is the main resource used to teach Christianity, with some units taken from the Agreed Syllabus.  Pupils will be taught Christianity through eight core concepts that tell the ‘big story’ of the Bible.  These include-

  • Creation
  • Incarnation
  • Community and other Faiths
  • Salvation
  • People of God
  • Kingdom of God and Gospel

Staff also plan to include non-negotiables that match the four areas of the Agreed Syllabus.    This includes-

  • Way of life
  • God or Deity
  • Holy book or sacred text
  • Place of worship


Other Faiths   Each Year group from Year 2 upwards, will study another faith for half a term.  A comparison of this faith with Christianity will be revised later in the same year.

Assessment   A low stakes quiz will be used before and after each unit with a selection of up to 10 questions based on the unit. 

At the end of each unit of work, pupils return to the enquiry question used and produce an end of assessment piece.  Each piece is assessed against given criteria AT1 – Learning about religions and AT2 – Learning from religions.  At the end of each unit of work, children will be assessed at working at working towards, expected or greater depth. 

Teachers will need to keep a record of where children are and use this to access the children levels in the Summer term.


Each new unit will need to have a front page with the Year group and term on it, including the enquiry based question.


A knowledge organiser that includes the four non-negotiables for each unit will be put into the back of the RE book and shared with parents each half term.

Impact and Assessment

The intended impact of the RE curriculum is that the majority of children in each year group are at expected or greater depth.  The children will begin and end the unit with a low stakes quiz.  An end of assessment piece will be planned for and reflect the key enquiry question.  At the end of each academic year, the children will be assessed at WST, ARE or GD.


In addition, it is the intended impact that the children;

  • Are inspired by the RE and worldwide views  and want to learn more
  • Understand what it means to be a Christian today, including knowing what the key beliefs and practices are
  • Show progression in their skills, knowledge and understanding of RE through their work and discussion
  • Can discuss their learning and remember what they have learned
  • Have a good level of appreciation and respect for all faiths and their associated beliefs


RE curriculum mapping and skills progression