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Religious Education


Religious Education


Religious Education (RE) is a crucial part of children's learning at Cookley which enhances and enriches our children's lives and learning by supporting them to develop a greater awareness of the world around them, as well as allowing them to explore their own identities and beliefs. It is a subject that nurtures understanding, fosters respect and enables reflection; connecting children more deeply with those around them, and with themselves. Effective RE has a wide-reaching impact in our school, particularly on the ways in which pupils think and behave. RE encourages children to develop empathy; to think about how other people feel; to show acceptance and tolerance; and to make moral decisions, all of which can be seen in the way children conduct themselves in the classrooms, corridors and playgrounds at Cookley. Our children show respect, they think of others, they demonstrate acceptance and love, they build strong relationships and they consider the implications of their actions when making decisions. 


Religious Education 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 in which they have opportunities to research, discuss, reflect, compare, synthesize and apply their knowledge in many different ways and contexts. Nursery pupils engage with Religious Education through their topic learning, finding out about festivals and circle time discussions. When safe to do so, children will also be able to experience visits to places of worship throughout their RE education and to directly engage with people from different faiths and belief systems. Parents have the right to withdraw their children from Religious Education via written request to the headteacher. Religious Education is recorded in class floor books and individual RE books, depending of the age of pupils, and is assessed via teacher assessment against the objectives for each module laid out in the Worcestershire Agreed Syllabus. Teaching and Learning focuses on these three interlocking strands:



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.


Our RE aim at Cookley:

Below you will find our RE aim. This describes how we as a school view the purpose and role of RE within our curriculum. This aim is displayed in classrooms and in pupils' RE books and class floor books. It is fundamental to the way in which RE is delivered and experienced by our staff and pupils.

This over-arching school aim sits alongside the aims of the Worcestershire Agreed Syllabus, 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


Defining Spirituality

Exploring the notion of spirituality is an important aspect of RE, yet is a term with many definitions. At Cookley, we adopt the definition of spirituality as:


"deep feelings relating to people's thoughts and beliefs, rather than to their bodies and physical surroundings."


This definition is shared with children in an age-appropriate way in sessions and underpins the spiritual aspects of RE teaching at our school.


Important Documents

What our children think about RE...


Look at our Learning

Have a look at some of the wonderful RE learning going across our school: