Religious Education at Bedfield

RE at Bedfield


As a church school, the teaching of RE (Religious Education) is an important part of our curriculum. We believe that the teaching of RE should get children thinking about the big questions in life and help them to begin to form and express their own beliefs as well as understand and appreciate those of others.



It is our intent for the Religious Education curriculum to engage, inspire, challenge and encourage pupils, equipping them with the knowledge and skills to answer challenging questions, explore different religious beliefs, values and traditions and develop understanding of the numerous religious traditions, beliefs and practices that are followed in our multi-cultural society. We want them to know how an understanding and knowledge of religion enables pupils to combat prejudice, preparing them for adult life, employment and growing the skills to continue learning.


Though learning about Religious Education of followers of different religions (or no religion), we support children to understand and respect different opinions and beliefs and to appreciate diversity, developing the positive attitudes of:


  • Self awareness
  • Respect
  • Open-mindedness, and
  • Appreciation and wonder


It is seen to be a key element of a child’s education, a contributor to SMSC and a support to the understanding of British Values. Religious Education is a curriculum area; it not the same as Collective Worship or a school’s ethos.



At Bedfield Primary School, we follow the Emmanuel Project, which is a carefully designed cycle of lessons for each subject that allows for progression and depth. Through the ‘big ideas’ of theology, philosophy and human sciences, children are asked challenging questions which enable them to apply their learning in a philosophical and open manner. The units are usually taught through weekly lessons and children enjoy whole school experience days to immerse themselves in different religions. Knowledge is continually assessed throughout the unit through questioning. All teaching styles are used to enable children of all abilities to access the learning; drama, stories, pictures, written, visual and oral discussions. Where possible we enhance learning through trips and visitors.



Through their R.E. learning, the children develop and extend their knowledge and understanding of other people's worship and beliefs and are able to make links between their own lives and those of others in their community and in the wider world. Children develop a religious vocabulary and interpret religious symbolism in a variety of forms; they reflect on questions of meaning, offering their own thoughtful and informed insights into religious and secular worldviews. Pupils demonstrate a positive attitude and respectful behaviour towards people of any religion and show an understanding of cultural beliefs different to their own. Pupils can express what they have learnt about a religion and from a religion; they are able to compare similarities and differences between different world faiths and have an understanding of how different faiths are intertwined with culture.

Religious Education progression of skills


bedfield re planning overview.pdf



                      At Bedfield, we use the Emmanuel Project to teach children about the world's six major religions. Being a Church of England school,
                      we pay particular focus to Christianity, each year exploring the main tenants of the faith and their meaning to Christians. Learning
                      about the different religions of the world helps children to foster greater understanding and tolerance of a variety of faiths. From studying a
                      range of beliefs, we hope to enable the children to discover commonalities, as well as differences between the ways people's views and         
                      behaviour are shaped by their beliefs.
                      Religious understanding is explored by learning about religious texts and stories with life lessons. We explore special ceremonies and   
                      traditions which take place throughout the year, including the Christian liturgical calendar. What happens, for example, when a child is 
                      welcomed into a faith community, the teachings of prophets or messengers of God and the meanings of symbols associated with religion.
                      Learning Religious Education comes from our locally agreed syllabus, and we ensure that children attending Bedfield receive a rounded
                      experience where they can consider their own beliefs and that of others in a safe a supportive way.