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Religious Education

Our RE aim at Cookley:

Religious Education enhances and enriches our children's lives and learning by encouraging respect, understanding and a greater awareness of the world around them, as well as by allowing them to explore their own identies and beliefs. It is taught according to 'The Agreed Syllabus of Religious Education 2020-2025' of Worcester County Council with children experiencing weekly taught sessions from Reception.  Religious education is predominantly Christian in nature but pupils will also study Judaism, Hinduism, Sikhism, Islam and Humanism during their time at primary school.  At Cookley Sebright Primary School R.E. is expressed not only through a specific subject but is evident throughout the curriculum.  We stress the importance of moral and social values, managing relationships, showing respect, understanding difference and being responsible citizens in all that we do.  The Collective Acts of Worship in school are Christian and reflect the traditions of Christian belief without being distinctive of any particular denomination.

The Aims of RE

For children to:


1. Make sense of a range of religious and non-religious beliefs, so that they can:

• identify, describe, explain and analyse beliefs and concepts in the context of living religions, using appropriate vocabulary

• explain how and why these beliefs are understood in different ways, by individuals and within communities

• recognise how and why sources of authority (e.g. texts, teachings, traditions, leaders) are used, expressed and interpreted in different ways, developing skills of interpretation


2. Understand the impact and significance of religious and non-religious beliefs, so that they can:

• examine and explain how and why people express their beliefs in diverse ways

• recognise and account for ways in which people put their beliefs into action in diverse ways, in their everyday lives, within their communities and in the wider world

• appreciate and appraise the significance of different ways of life and ways of expressing meaning


3. Make connections between religious and non-religious beliefs, concepts, practices and ideas studied, so that they can:

• evaluate, reflect on and enquire into key concepts and questions studied, responding thoughtfully and creatively, giving good reasons for their responses

• challenge the ideas studied, and allow the ideas studied to challenge their own thinking, articulating beliefs, values and commitments clearly in response

• discern possible connections between the ideas studied and their own ways of understanding the world, expressing their critical responses and personal reflections with increasing clarity and understanding