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Religious Education

Religious Education at Prince Rock Primary School


At Prince Rock Primary School we believe that Religious Education (RE) is vital to the children’s well-being and helps prepare children for the opportunities, responsibilities and experiences of later life.  We value RE for its contribution to the development of the children’s own beliefs and values, and sense of identity.  


RE is statutory for all registered pupils on the school roll.  The school follows the Plymouth Agreed Syllabus for Religious Education.  Parents have the right to withdraw their child from RE and suitable alternative provision will be made.



Below you will find an overview of what your child will be expected to learn in each of the Key Stages.


Foundation Stage

During the foundation stage, children begin to explore the world of religion in terms of special people, books, times, places and objects, visiting places of worship and through celebration.  Children listen to and talk about stories.  They are introduced to specialist words and use their senses in exploring religious beliefs, practices and forms of expression.  They reflect upon their own feelings and experiences.  They use their imagination and curiosity to develop their appreciation and wonder of the world in which they live.


Key Stage One

At Key Stage One children learn about 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.  They begin to understand the importance and value of religion for believers, especially other children and their families. 


Children ask relevant questions and develop a sense of wonder about the world, using their imaginations.  They talk about what is important to themselves and others, valuing themselves, reflecting on their own feelings and experiences and developing a sense of belonging.


At key stage 1 children should study Christianity and Judaism, in particular, with examples drawn from other religions and consider non-religious worldviews, as appropriate.



Key Stage Two


At key stage 2 children investigate and consider the impact of religion and belief locally, nationally and globally. They make connections between different aspects of religion and belief and consider different forms of religious expression.  They consider the beliefs, teachings, practices and ways of life central to religion.  They learn about sacred texts and other sources of wisdom and consider their meanings.  They begin to recognise diversity in religion, learning about similarities and differences both within and between religions and the importance of dialogue between them.  They extend the range and use of specialist vocabulary.  They recognise the challenges involved in distinguishing between ideas of right and wrong, and valuing what is good and true.  They communicate their ideas clearly, recognising other people’s viewpoints.  They consider their own beliefs and values and those of others in the light of their learning in religious education.


At Key stage 2 children study, in a more systematic way, Christianity, Hinduism, Judaism and Islam and other non-religious worldviews such as Humanism. But references, illustrations and examples can also be drawn from Buddhism and Sikhism, as appropriate.


Progression in RE will be assessed through listening to children’s responses and contributions to discussions and evaluating their written work.  An age-related assessment will be given to parents/carers on reports.