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Religious Education



At Harold Wood Primary School (HWPS), we aim to deliver an engaging and creative Religious Education (RE) curriculum to inform and inspire pupils to think about the ‘big questions’ in life while also promoting understanding and respect for those with different beliefs and religious and non-religious practices within our community. We intend to build a sense of togetherness from learning about ourselves and others and to prepare pupils for changes in their community as they grow into the wider world. 

Our curriculum uses ‘Plan Bee’, which follows the Agreed syllabus for Religious Education 2015-2020 for Havering; this covers Christianity and other major world religions and beliefs systems (Islam, Hinduism, Judaism, Sikhism, and Buddhism) as well as non-religious views in our local community. 


The aim of our RE curriculum is for pupils to:

  • Have a comprehensive understanding of religions and belief systems.
  • Use this knowledge to facilitate their spiritual, moral and cultural development.
  • Have empathy for those with different beliefs from their own.
  • Become confident with discussing religious, moral and philosophical open ended questions such as ‘what is love?’
  • Develop positive learning behaviours such as patience, self-belief, resilience and aspiration.



R.E lessons are taught weekly throughout the school using the ‘Plan Bee’ scheme of work and opportunities to celebrate different religions' major holidays are often given. Teachers are made aware of important religious dates and sensitive and timely responses can be made to unforeseen events of a moral, religious or philosophical nature as and when they arise. R.E is closely linked to issues covered in PSHE.


It is important for R.E to be creative and inspiring, so drama, music, stories, role-play, geography, history and art are all used in the delivery of lessons.


All pupils are taught to:

  • Showcase their R.E knowledge in their work in a variety of ways.
  • Compare religions identifying similarities with religious beliefs and moral issues as well as non-religious world views.
  • Present their own religious or non-religious beliefs to their peers and to build on from previous learning which will ensure continuity and a sustained interest in their learning.
  • Reflect on and discuss the big questions in life, considering different viewpoints




Children have a good, broad knowledge of Christianity and world religions as well as non-religious world views and can use this to make links between common ideas and values. They also respect the differences between people who follow the same religion, different religions themselves and non-religious world views. Children can empathise with those who hold contrasting beliefs from their own. Through reflecting on the ‘big questions’ in life, children are able to start to make sense of the world around them and will continue this learning as they move through their lives.


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