Religious Education


At Whaplode Church of England Primary School, we install a love of Religious Education (RE) by ensuring it is relatable to the children’s own lives. Linking taught skills and knowledge allows children to apply their learning to everyday life and their own personal experiences. As a school we follow The Lincolnshire Agreed Syllabus for Religious Education alongside ‘Understanding Christianity ’from the Diocese of Lincoln.

Using enquiry-based learning, the syllabus provides the pupils with the knowledge and skills necessary to enable them to appreciate the way that religious beliefs shape life and behaviour. We teach the children the importance of key religious beliefs with regards to how different people around the world worship God and understand the world.

At Whaplode Church of England we aim to provide opportunities for critical thinking, personal reflection and spiritual development. It is our intent for our RE lessons to develop pupil’s questioning skills to enable pupils to evaluate and analyse their own faith and beliefs, and that of others. We aim to ensure our pupils as future citizens, value and celebrate cultural and religious diversity, in peaceful co-existence.


The Lincolnshire Syllabus aims to:

  • Develop religious literacy
  • Develop pupils’ knowledge and understanding of Christianity as well as other principal religions and world views represented in the United Kingdom
  • Focus on concepts as well as content, within the context of enquiry based learning.
  • Develop an understanding of the influence of the beliefs, values and tradition on individual communities, societies and cultures
  • Develop attitudes of respect towards other people who old views and beliefs different from their own
  • Engage and challenge pupils
  • Reflect pupils’ own experiences and provide a safe space for discussions
  • Develop he ability to make reasoned and informed judgements about religious issues, with preference to the principal religions and world views represented locally in the United Kingdom
  • Help prepare pupils for adult life, enabling them to develop respect and sensitivity for others

The aims from the ‘Understanding Christianity’ documents are:

  • To enable pupils 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 their impact in the lives of Christians
  • To develop pupils’ abilities to connect, critically reflect upon, evaluate an apply their learning to their own growing understanding of religion and beliefs (particularly Christianity), of themselves, the world and human experiences.

At Whaplode Church of England Primary School, our RE curriculum is based on The Lincolnshire Syllabus for Religious Education alongside ‘Understanding the Curriculum’ from the Diocese of Lincoln. This curriculum reflects the balanced RE approach, which focuses on a balance between believing (theology), living (human/social sciences) and thinking (philosophy).

Throughout the whole school, Children at Whaplode Church of England Primary School will focus on the following areas of enquiry:

  • God: What do people believe about God?
  • Being human: How does faith and belief affect the way people live their lives?
  • Community, worship and celebration: How do people express their religion and beliefs?
  • Life journey: rites of passage: How do people mark important events in life?

Wherever possible, pupils are actively engaged in exploratory and experimental learning including opportunities to:

  • Observe religious artefacts, paintings, books, photos and pictures
  • Study sacred texts and stories
  • Visit places of worship in a planned and structured way

Each faith is taught through a balanced approach where children are taught:

  • The theology and beliefs that underpin the faith
  • The religious practices through which people live out their faith
  • Reflect upon how this may impact the world view of a person practising this faith and how it compares to their own world view and that of others.

The RE curriculum is taught over a 2 year cycle for key stage 1 (year 1 and 2 only), lower key stage 2 and upper key stage 2.

Religious Education in the Early Years

RE is a legal requirement for all pupils on the school roll, including those in Reception year.

RE contribute to the following area of the learning goals:

  • Communication and language
  • Personal, social and emotional development (PSED)
  • Literacy
  • Understanding the world
  • Expressive arts and design

In EYFS the children will learn about a range of religious celebrations through artefacts, music and stories. Pupils will begin to develop somewhat a sense of their own needs, views and feelings and begin to act sensitively to the needs and views of others. Through studying RE, pupils will develop a sense of right and wrong and how we can help each other. This will lead to the children developing an understanding of other cultures through asking questions.

Key Stage 1- Cycle A and Cycle B

Pupils will study Christianity, Creation, Salvation, Incarnation, Thankfulness  and Islam.

In key stage 1, pupils are taught to:

  • Explore a range of religious stories and sacred writings and talk about their meanings
  • Name and explore a range of celebrations, worship and rituals in religion, noting similarities where appropriate
  • Identify the importance, for some people, of belonging to a religion and recognise the difference this makes to their lives
  • Explore how religious beliefs and ideas can be expressed through the arts and communicate their responses
  • Identify and suggest meanings for religious symbols and begin to use a range of religious terms and ideas
  • Reflect on and consider religious and spiritual feelings, experiences and concepts such as worship
  • Ask and respond imaginatively to ethical questions, communicating their ideas
  • Identify what matters to them and others, including those with religious commitments, and communicate their responses
  • Reflect on how spiritual and moral values relate to their own behaviour
  • Recognise that religious teachings and ideas make a difference to individuals, families and the local community
  • Reflect on right and wrong and their own and others’ responses to them
  • Reflect on personal beliefs in their own and others’ lives.
Key Stage 2- Cycle A and Cycle B

In key stage 2, pupils are taught to:

  • Describe the key aspects of religions, especially people, stories and traditions that influence beliefs and values
  • Describe the variety of practices and ways of life in religions
  • Identify and begin to describe the similarities and the differences between religions
  • investigate the significance of religion in the local, national and global communities
  • Consider the meaning of a range of forms of religious expression, understand why they are important in religion
  • Describe and understand religious and other responses to ultimate and ethical questions
  • Use specialist vocabulary in communicating their knowledge and understanding
  • Use and interpret information about religions from a range of sources.
  • Reflect on what it means to belong to a faith community, communicating their own and others’ responses
  • Respond to the challenges of commitment both in their own lives and within religious traditions, recognising how commitment to a religion is shown in a variety of ways
  • Discuss their own and other’s views of religious truth and belief, expressing their own ideas
  • Reflect on right and wrong and their own and others’ responses to them
  • Reflect on personal beliefs in their own and others’ lives.

Pupils will study Christianity, Creation, Salvation, Incarnation, Hinduism, Judaism and Islam.


Pupils here at Whaplode Church of England Primary school will make the best possible progress and demonstrate a deepening understanding of religions. Children will be engaged and enjoy learning about Christianity, Islam, Hinduism, Judaism and other world religions and beliefs. The children will be able to make links between their own lives and those of others in their community and be able to hold a well-balanced, evidenced, and informed discussion. We enable our pupils to demonstrate a positive attitude towards people of any religion and non-religion and show an understanding of cultural beliefs different to their own. They demonstrate respectful behaviour to all and this is transferable outside of school, in the wider community and own.