“During our Religious Education lesson, we want to inspire and develop knowledge and understanding of religious beliefs. Provoking challenging questions about the meaning and purpose of life and beliefs about God whilst fostering mutual respect and tolerance within a diverse society.”

Mrs Atwal (Religious Education Lead)



At St Botolphs Church of England Primary School, RE is taught for one session each week across the school. Lessons in RE are structured around key questions using the ‘Understanding Christianity’ resource.

The ‘Understanding Christianity’ resource used supports children in developing their own thinking and their understanding of Christianity, as a contribution to their understanding of the world and their own experience within it. Children explore the significant theological concepts (God, Creation, Fall, People of God, Incarnation, Gospel, Salvation and Kingdom of God) within Christianity as part of developing their wider religious, theological, and cultural literacy.

Children explore a range of religions and worldviews. They are given opportunities to understand the role of foundational texts, beliefs, rituals, and practices and how they help form identity in a range of religions and worldviews. Children’s understanding is developed, and they explore how these may change in different times, places, and cultures. Children in KS1 focus on Judaism as the additional faith and stories told by and about people of different faiths and beliefs. Children in KS2 focus on Sikhism, Hinduism, Islam, and Buddhism as an additional faith.

The Big Ideas

Within the RE curriculum, we focus on 3 big ideas:

  1. Significance: Children develop their reading and interpretation skills; understanding how Christians interpret, handle, and use significant biblical texts; making sense of the meaning of texts for Christians.
  2. Humankind: Children examine ways in which Christians respond to biblical texts and teaching, and how they put their beliefs into action in diverse ways within the Christian community and in the world.
  3. Investigation: Children will begin evaluating, reflecting on, and connecting the texts and concepts studied, and discerning possible connections between these and children’s own lives and ways of understanding the world.

National Curriculum Coverage

During their RE lessons, children will develop a wide range of skills including enquiry, analysis, interpretation, evaluation, and reflection. Children have a safe space to explore their own religious, spiritual and/or philosophical ways of seeing, living, and thinking, believing, and belonging. Children leave school with a coherent understanding of Christian belief and practice, as well as developing their knowledge and understanding of a range of world faiths.


Skills and knowledge within the curriculum are separated into ‘milestones’. Each Milestone contains a range of descriptors that support the children’s progression within the subject. Download our ‘Milestones’ document to see the skills expected within each milestone.