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Religious Education

Intent Statement

The intent for our RE curriculum is to embrace God’s vision of living life in all it’s fullness as we support our children in developing their understanding of Christianity, as a contribution to their understanding of the world and their own experience within it.  Alongside this also learning about Judaism, Sikhism, Hinduism, Islam and Buddhism. Our curriculum integrates pupils’ developing understanding of significant theological concepts in Christianity with their own self-understanding and understanding of the world, as part of their wider religious literacy.  We aim to enable the children to know about and understand Christianity as a living world faith, by exploring core theological concepts; to enable pupils to develop knowledge and skills in making sense of biblical texts and understanding the impact in the lives of Christians and to develop pupils’ abilities to connect, critically reflect upon, evaluate and apply their learning to their own growing understanding of religion and belief (particularly Christianity), of themselves, the world and human experience. 

We intend our Religious Education Curriculum to; 

Reflection – Give opportunities for the children to reflect, look inward to consider some of the big questions in life: To explore their own insights and those of others. (Mirror) 


Exploration – provide opportunities to look out on the world to gaze asn wonder: the wow, Ow and Now moments that bring us up short.   The learning about life. (Window) 


Cooperation – understand how people of every faith and none should be respected and accepted.   


Independence – be confident to ask difficult questions and express thoughts through I wonder questions. 


Perseverance – enable the children to identify occasions in all religious texts where people have had to persevere either in the tasks they have been asked to complete or in their personal journey of faith.  


Engagement – give opportunities to children to respond, to do something to go through the door of a creative expression of their own thoughts and convictions. Learning to live by putting into action what they believe. 


Golden Threads  

Spirituality – enabling the recognition of a feeling or sense or belief that there is something greater than myself, something more to being human than sensory experience, and that the greater whole of which we are part, is cosmic or divine in nature.  


Diversity – explore Christianity around the world as well as the wealth and richness of religious heritage there is within Birmingham.  


Ambition – children gain the knowledge, understanding and skills needed to handle questions raised by religion and belief, reflecting on their own ideas and ways of living. (The RE Agreed Syllabus, 2018-2023).