Ivington Church of England Primary School

Ivington CofE Primary and Pre-school

Reaching together... stand firm in your faith, be courageous and strong - 1 Corinthians 16:13

Religious Education


At Ivington CE Primary and Pre-School the teaching of Religious Education is central to our curriculum and has equal standing to core subjects of the National Curriculum. It is our intent for the Religious Education elements of our school curriculum to engage, inspire and encourage pupils, equipping them with the knowledge and skills to answer challenging questions, explore different religious beliefs, values and traditions and develop a more rigorous understanding of the numerous religious traditions, beliefs and practices that are followed in our multi-cultural society. We want them to know how religious education promotes discernment and enables pupils to combat prejudice, preparing them for adult life, employment and life-long learning.


Aims of Religious Education

The national curriculum for religious education aims to ensure that all pupils:

  • Develop knowledge and understanding of Christianity and other principal religious traditions represented in Great Britain;
  • Develop understanding of the ways in which beliefs influence people in their behaviour, practices and in their communities;
  • Reflect on, deepen and clarify their own experiences, values and beliefs and those of others;
  • Develop awareness of fundamental questions about life arising from human experience and how religious beliefs and practices can relate to them;
  • Recognise the right of people to hold diverse beliefs and values and to develop positive attitudes of respect towards other people;
  • To engage pupils in enquiring into and exploring questions arising from the study of religion, faith and belief, so as to promote their personal, spiritual, moral, social and cultural development.



Religious Education is a statutory subject of the curriculum for all pupils in each year group. Parents have the right to request that their child be excused from all or part of the religious education provided.


The syllabus reflects the fact that the religious traditions in Great Britain are in the main, Christian, while taking into account the teaching and practices of the other principle religions represented in Great Britain.


We comply with the legal requirements for the teaching of Religious Education by following the Herefordshire Agreed Syllabus for Religious Education 2020-25 and Understanding Christianity – Text, Impact, Connections. Parents can access our scheme of work which is based on this document.


Religious Education is taught on a weekly basis in each year group but is also delivered through termly whole school RE days when the pupils mix year groups and take part in activities (sometimes with parents and carers invited in to take part) designed to further enrich their understanding of a religious tradition or festival.

 Lessons are planned and delivered in a variety of ways so that all children can participate fully. Interactive, practical activities linked to the themes in the syllabus and other subjects where appropriate, encourage our pupils to discuss their ideas and extend their understanding of difficult concepts and challenging questions.


Pupils' progress in Religious Education is based on the expected outcomes outlined in the Agreed Syllabus and in Understanding Christianity, which have been developed in line with guidance produced nationally. Pupils are assessed regularly and their progress is monitored against these objectives. Progress in Religious Education is reported termly to parents.



Religious Education at Ivington CE Primary and Pre-School develops pupils'...

  • knowledge and understanding of, and their ability to respond to, Christianity, other principal world religions, other religious traditions and world views;
  • understanding and respect for different religions, beliefs, values and traditions (including ethical life choices), through exploring issues within and between faiths;
  • understanding of the influence of faith and belief on individuals, societies, communities and cultures;
  • skills of enquiry and response through the use of religious vocabulary, questioning and empathy;
  • skills of reflection, expression, application , analysis and evaluation of beliefs, values and practices, and the communication of personal responses to these.


Religious Education at Ivington CE Primary and Pre-School encourages pupils to:

  • consider their own thoughts and opinions on the challenging questions of the meaning and purpose of life, beliefs about God, their own self and the nature of reality, issues of right and wrong and what it means to be human;
  • understand the influence of religion on individuals, families, communities and cultures
  • learn from different religions, beliefs, values and traditions while exploring questions of meaning and their own beliefs;
  • learn about religious and ethical teaching, enabling them to make reasoned and informed responses to religious, moral and social issues;
  • develop their sense of identity and belonging in the world, preparing them for life as citizens in a multi-cultural global society;
  • develop respect for and sensitivity to others, in particular those whose faiths and beliefs are different from their own.


Religious Education at Ivington CE Primary and Pre-School enhances pupils'... 

  • awareness and understanding of religions and beliefs, teachings, practices and forms of expression;
  • ability to reflect on, consider, analyse, interpret and evaluate issues of truth, belief, faith and ethics and to communicate their responses.


Religious Education at Ivington CE Primary and Pre-School offers:

  • opportunities for all pupils for personal reflection and spiritual development;
  • preparedness for life in a multi-cultural global society where they can exist in harmony with others and live life to the full.