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R.E Curriculum Intent


At Deanwood Primary School, we take an enquiry approach to Religious Education. Each term, the children apply their critical thinking skills to a key question. This approach increases children's motivation to learn, and enhances their knowledge and understanding of, and empathy with, people and their beliefs, religious or otherwise. Our philosophy is that children are free to make their own choices and decisions concerning religion and belief. RE does not try to persuade but rather to inform and develop the skills with which evaluation can take place.  

Christianity is taught in every year group, with Christmas and Easter given a new treatment each year, developing the learning in a progressive way. The children also investigate Hinduism, Islam, Judaism and Sikhism. 

Religious Education has equal standing in relation to core subjects of the National Curriculum in that it is compulsory for all registered pupils. 1988 EDUCATION ACT 

We believe that RE makes a major contribution to the education of our children: it helps them to explore and develop their beliefs and values; it gives them a better understanding of the place of religion and belief in our modern, diverse society; and, finally, it promotes the school values of respect, kindness, equality, responsibility and honesty. 

At Deanwood Primary School, we deliver Religious Education in line with the Medway Locally Agreed Syllabus (‘Reflecting on Religion 2018’) and from September 2023 we will be using the Discovery RE programme as our scheme of work.  




  • To adopt an enquiry- based approach, beginning with the children’s own life experience before moving into learning about and from religion. 

  • To provoke challenging questions about the meaning and purpose of life, beliefs, the self, and issues of right and wrong, commitment and belonging. We develop  children's knowledge and understanding of Christianity, other principal religions, and religious traditions that examine these questions, fostering personal reflection and spiritual development. 

  • To encourage children to explore their own beliefs (religious or non-religious), in the light of what they learn, as they examine issues of religious belief and faith and how these impact on personal, institutional and social ethics; and to express their responses. 

  • To enable children to build their sense of identity and belonging, which helps them flourish within their communities and as citizens in a diverse society. 

  • To teach children to develop respect for others, including people with different faiths and beliefs, and helps to challenge prejudice. 

  • To prompt children to consider their responsibilities to themselves and to others, and to explore how they might contribute to their communities and to wider society. It encourages empathy, generosity and compassion. 

  • To develop a sense of awe, wonder and mystery. 

  • To nurture children’s own spiritual development.