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Religious Education

“The essence of true religious teaching is that one should serve and befriend all.” M. K Ghandi

Religious Education Subject Leader is Mrs Barnes


Our curriculum intent for Religious Education is that every child will: 


  • Develop knowledge and understanding of Christianity as a diverse global living faith through the exploration of core beliefs and the 5 World’s principal religions (Christianity, Sikhism, Islam, Hinduism and Judaism).
  • Engage with challenging questions about the meaning and purpose of life, beliefs, self, issues of right and wrong, commitment and belonging.
  • Encourage pupils to explore their own beliefs and spiritual development
  • Enable pupils to build their sense of identity and belonging, which helps them flourish within their communities and as citizens in a diverse society.
  • Develop respect for others, including people with different faiths and beliefs and help to challenge prejudice.


Holy Trinity is committed to ensuring all children have full access to a high-quality religious education to meet the statutory requirements for all state funded schools to teach a full curriculum that prepares pupils for the opportunities, responsibilities and experiences of life in modern Britain.  Central to religious education in Church schools is the study of Christianity as a living and diverse faith, focusing on the teaching of Jesus Christ and the Church.  There is a clear expectation that as inclusive communities, church schools provide sequenced learning about a range of religions and world views built on fostering respect for others.



Implementation of the RE Curriculum at Holy Trinity


The Curriculum combines aspects of Discovery RE and Understanding Christianity which brings together learning about and from religion, questioning and spiritual development in a comprehensive scheme of learning.  RE is taught weekly and devotes 10% of learning time.


Pupils study:

Year 1 – Christianity and Judaism

Year 2 – Christianity and Islam

Year 3 – Christianity and Hinduism

Year 4 – Christianity and Judaism

Year 5 – Christianity and Sikhism

Year 6 – Christianity and Islam


Religious Education is enquiry based where the children learn skills of investigation, empathy and the ability to express concepts and practices through a range of media.


The Impact of the RE Curriculum at Holy Trinity


The impact of this curriculum design will lead to outstanding progress over time across key stages relative to a child’s individual starting point and their progression of skills as displayed in our Big RE book and displays around the school.


At Holy Trinity Primary School, we seek to ensure that all pupils are educated to develop spiritually, academically, emotionally and morally to enable them to better understand themselves, others and to cope with the opportunities, challenges and responsibilities of living in a rapidly changing modern world.




How does RE fit into our School Vision?

To be an inspirational place of learning where:

Vision statement:

RE links/actions:

1.  We facilitate opportunities so every child can flourish in a place where they feel safe, happy and confident.


  • Pupil voice is heard through the Spiritual Leaders and through whole school/Key Stage or class collective worship..
  • Ensure trips, visits to places of worship and visitors, theatre groups are planned in every year group to inspire learning
  • Offer learning opportunities to enable children to make connections and explore an in-depth curriculum
  • Share examples of learning and achievement within the school through displays, photos, work samples as well as celebrating achievements with families on the school website and in the newsletter

2.  Staff well-being and professional development is valued and supported in order to fulfil their roles, inspire others and experience personal fulfilment.


  • Provide CPD for staff in understanding Christianity and other world religions.
  • Termly knowledge organisers are provided to identify ‘sticky knowledge’ required for the unit.
  • Ensure resources are available and of a high standard to enable staff to undertake their job effectively and efficiently





3.  The school provides facilities that enable an optimum learning environment.






  • RE displays are an embedded part of our school environment
  • Ensure children’s work is celebrated and shared throughout all available platforms: RE big book, classrooms, corridors, communal areas in school, through topic books, on the website, in home learning projects etc
  • Monthly prayer meetings with Reverend Jon
  • Trips to Holy Trinity Church for RE lessons
  • Well maintained spiritual garden an area for reflection and prayer.

4.  The school plays a central role within our community and enjoys strong links with the church, local companies and other schools.



  • Support the local community and charities (Trussell Foodbank).
  • Forge links with other RE subject leaders across the local cluster and diocesan network.