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Dudley Wood Primary School and Pre-School

Religious Education


Through RE, we engage pupils in exploring questions arising from the study of religion and belief, in order to promote their personal, spiritual, moral, social and cultural development. Pupils will develop their knowledge of world faiths, and their understanding and awareness of the beliefs, values and traditions of other individuals, societies, communities and cultures.  


We aim to give our children opportunities to develop both a sense of belonging within their own local community and to develop a growing awareness of where they fit within the wider world.  We have high aspirations for all of our children and through RE, aim to develop their independence so that they learn to form and articulate their own personal beliefs, ideas, values and experiences, whilst respecting the differences of others.  


At Dudley Wood, we follow the recommendations of the SACRE Dudley Agreed syllabus for teaching RE.


Children are taught RE weekly, in an open and safe environment. Children are encouraged to ask questions and seek answers for themselves, with guidance from teachers. 


Pupils learn about Christianity in each key stage. 


In addition, pupils will learn about other principal religions represented in the UK, such as Islam, Hinduism, Sikhism, Buddhism and Judaism. 


In Key Stage 1, pupils will learn about stories, artefacts, places of worship, festivals, prayer and beliefs. Children in Key Stage 2 will explore worship, festivals, leaders of religion, holy books, people of faith, and beliefs. 


Pupils may also explore non-religious world views.


 Learning is not always recorded in a formal written way. Children are given the opportunity to interpret and present their understanding in different ways, through discussion, drama and art, for example.


The pupils' knowledge and understanding of RE will be assessed through contributions to discussions, their work and pupil voice.  The impact of the RE curriculum will be seen in the behaviour of our pupils within school, the community and the wider world.  Our pupils will show tolerance and respect for the different views, faiths and beliefs of others and will appreciate that this diversity makes our country, and our world, a rich place to live.

Characteristics of a learner in RE

  • Develop an understanding of other people’s cultures and ways of life
  • Show respect for all religions, faiths and beliefs
  • Make links between their own lives and those of others in their community and in the wider world
  • Have the confidence to respectfully ask questions, know where to seek answers and investigate further
  • Are not afraid to question what they are told or what they hear, and are able think for themselves
  • Listen respectfully and with an open mind, to the thoughts, opinions & beliefs of others
  • Are prepared to adjust or maintain their opinions & views after consideration
  • Show understanding and empathy, and encourage and support those around them to do the same
  • Develop the knowledge, skills and attitude they need to be able to continue their life journey beyond Dudley Wood Primary School

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