Religious Education

Religious Education at Burton-on-the Wolds

The National Curriculum states the legal requirement that:

 “Every state-funded school must offer a curriculum which is balanced and broadly based, and which promotes the spiritual, moral, cultural, mental and physical development of pupils at school and of society and prepares pupils at the school for the opportunities, responsibilities and experiences of later life.” 

Religious Education is an important part of the curriculum at Burton-on-the-Wolds Primary School. 

The principal aim of RE is:

“To explore what people believe and what difference this makes to how they live, so that pupils can gain the knowledge, understanding and skills needed to handle questions raised by religion and belief, reflecting on their own ideas and ways of living.”   

RE contributes dynamically to children and young people’s education in school by provoking challenging questions about meaning and purpose of life, beliefs about God, ultimate reality, issues of right and wrong and what it means to be human.  At Burton-on-the-Wolds, children will learn about religions and beliefs in local, national and global contexts, to discover, explore and consider different answers to these questions. Children will have the opportunity to weigh up the value of wisdom from different sources, to develop and express their insights in response and to agree or disagree respectfully. 

The RE curriculum

Teaching should equip our pupils with systematic knowledge and understanding of a range of religions and beliefs, enabling them to develop their ideas, values and identities.

At Burton-on-the-Wolds, we follow the Leicestershire Agreed Syllabus for RE 2021-2026, using the RE scheme of work and Understanding Christianity units as endorsed and suggested by Leicestershire SACRE.  Children will learn about Christianity in each key stage.  In addition, pupils will learn about religious traditions and people from principal religions represented in the UK, in line with the law.  These are Jews, Muslims, Hindus, Sikhs and Buddhists.  Furthermore, children from families where non-religious worldviews are held are represented also.  These worldviews, including for example Humanism, will also be the focus of study.

The RE curriculum aims to ensure that all pupils make sense of a range of religious and non-religious beliefs, understand the impact and significance of religious and non-religious beliefs and finally, make connections between religious and non-religious beliefs, concepts, practices and ideas studied.


Burton-on-the-Wolds' Religion and worldviews curriculum aims to develop deep thinkers who are open-minded about religion and worldviews. We aim to ensure that our R&W curriculum is relevant to pupils, reflecting and preparing them for life in modern Britain. Throughout their learning journey, children will secure a deep understanding of concepts in order to be able to make connections, ask and respond to challenging questions, learn to respect and appreciate worldviews that are different to their own and consider their personal preconceptions, responses and views. Children will build their conceptual knowledge through studying religions and worldviews locally, nationally and globally in our progressive curriculum, enabling them to make links and connections between worldviews, develop disciplinary skills and build on their understanding of their positionality in relation to their learning . By revisiting key ‘big questions’ and building on prior knowledge, pupils will learn about how religion and worldviews are lived experiences across the world, consider the impact of worldviews on society and have opportunities to consider their personal worldviews.


Reflecting the findings of the Ofsted Research review series: religious education (May 2021), our RE and Worldviews curriculum has the following three strands running through it: 

✔ Substantive knowledge (conceptual and worldviews related). 

✔ Disciplinary knowledge. 

✔ Personal knowledge. 

These strands are interwoven across all units to create lessons that build children’s conceptual knowledge and understanding of religion and worldviews (substantive knowledge) and use a range of disciplinary lenses. 

Children will also be equipped to explore and express their preconceptions, personal worldviews and positionality (personal knowledge) through varied and engaging learning experiences. 

The Religion and worldviews curriculum follows the spiral curriculum model, where units and lessons are carefully sequenced so that previous conceptual knowledge is returned to and built upon. Children progress by developing and deepening their knowledge and understanding of substantive and disciplinary concepts by experiencing them in a range of contexts. 

This can be seen in the Religion and worldviews: Progression of knowledge and skills. Children begin to develop their awareness of religion and worldviews in Key stage 1, focusing on conceptual knowledge through the study of a limited range of religions and worldviews represented in the UK, including Christianity. This will support children in building knowledge they can refer to throughout their learning in Key stage 2 while encountering a greater range of religions and worldviews and considering further the diverse nature of religious and non-religious lived experience. Each 'unit' includes overarching ‘big questions’ which will be revisited throughout key stage 1, lower key stage 2 and upper key Stage 2, allowing children to apply the breadth and depth of their learning across various concepts. 

These ‘big questions’ are: 

Why are we here? 

Why do worldviews change? 

What is religion? 

How can worldviews be expressed? 

How do worldviews affect our daily lives? 

How can we live together in harmony if we have different worldviews?

A more specific, focused enquiry question frames the learning across each unit. Both the ‘big questions’ and the focused enquiry question will allow children to explore the content they are studying, make comparisons and links within and across religions and worldviews, and explore their personal views. Lessons are designed to be varied, engaging and hands-on, allowing children to learn and record their thoughts, answers and ideas in various ways. 

In each lesson, children will participate in activities involving disciplinary and substantive concepts, developing their knowledge and understanding of diverse religions and worldviews. Guidance for adapting the learning is available for every lesson to ensure that all pupils can access lessons, and opportunities to stretch pupils’ learning are available when required. 

We use Knowledge organisers to support our children in developing conceptual knowledge and schemata by summarising the key concepts covered in a unit and linking these to examples covered. Strong subject knowledge is vital for staff to deliver a highly-effective and robust R&W curriculum. Each unit of lessons will focus on the key subject knowledge needed to deliver the curriculum, making links with prior learning and identifying possible misconceptions. The nature of R&W means that controversial and sensitive issues will be taught and discussed in some units or may come up when not directly part of a planned lesson. Throughout the units, children will learn skills to have respectful discussions and respond sensitively to one another. 


The impact of our Religious Education and worldviews curriculum can be constantly monitored through both formative and summative assessment opportunities. Each lesson includes guidance to support teachers in assessing pupils against the learning objectives. Furthermore, each unit has a unit quiz and a knowledge catcher, which can be used at the end of the unit to provide a summative assessment. 

After the implementation of the Religion and worldviews curriculum, pupils will be equipped with a range of disciplinary skills and knowledge to enable them to succeed in their secondary education. They will be prepared for life in modern Britain, being able to interact with others from different religious and non-religious viewpoints in a respectful, knowledgeable and open-minded way. They will be enquiring learners who ask questions and make connections. They will be confident to explore their personal worldview and have the skills to appreciate, evaluate and respond to religious, philosophical and ethical questions. 

The expected impact of following our Religion and worldviews curriculum is that children will: 

● Know and understand religious concepts relating to beliefs, practices, community and belonging, and wisdom and guidance. 

● Develop an understanding of the influence of organised and personal worldviews on individuals, communities, countries and globally. 

● Understand some of the ways religions and worldviews are studied (disciplinary knowledge). 

● Develop understanding of their relationship with the content studied, being able to talk about their assumptions and preconceptions (personal knowledge). 

● Build secure vocabulary which allows them to talk confidently and fluently about their learning. 

● Answer questions about worldviews through an enquiry-based approach including investigating, interpreting, evaluating, applying and expressing. 

● Talk about the similarities and differences between their own and others beliefs with respect and open mindedness. 

● Understand the lived experiences of religious and non-religious worldviews to be diverse within and between people and communities. 

● Develop an understanding of the ways in which personal and organised worldviews may develop and change across time and place.

RE Intent Statement 2021.pdf

RE Intent Statement

Keystage units and Outcomes.pdf

End of Phase Outcomes

Long Term Plan.pdf

Long Term Plan