Religious Education (RE)

RE at Blakehill Primary School 
In accordance with the 1996 Education Act, Blakehill Primary School provides Religious Education (RE) for all pupils. RE is an important and fundamental part of the curriculum. We believe it important not only to learn about religion, but also, and perhaps more importantly, to learn from religion. We have high expectations of the quality of RE taught at Blakehill Primary School. RE is exciting and relevant to the lives of our pupils. We hope our commitment and enthusiasm as Governors and staff will be communicated by the high priority we place on RE. We teach RE according to the LA’s Objectives. We study the six main religions in the UK – Christianity, Islam, Hinduism, Buddhism, Judaism and Sikhism. The school has a Christian ethos and as such Christianity is studied in every year group. To reflect the cultural diversity of and as such Christianity is studied in every year group. To reflect the cultural diversity of Bradford, Islam is covered in each Key Stage. 
We feel that the teaching of RE makes a distinctive contribution to the school curriculum as it allows all pupils to explore, understand and express their own response to spiritual and religious approaches to life through the study of Christian and the other five principal religions.
The teaching of RE
Classroom organisation:

At Blakehill Primary, it has been agreed that having taken into account the requirements and guidelines presented in the Agreed Syllabus, the following religions have been selected for study: 

  • Christianity
  • Islam
  • Judaism
  • Hinduism  
  • Sikhism
  • Buddhism


As Christianity is the predominant religion in the school's pupil population and in the community surrounding the school, Christianity is the chosen faith for Progressed Study. 

There are no presumptions made as to the religious backgrounds and beliefs and values of the children and the staff.  We value the religious background of all members of the school community and hope that this will encourage individuals to share their own experiences with others freely.  All religions and their communities are treated with respect and sensitivity and we value the links, which are, and can be made between home, school, and a faith community.  We acknowledge that each religion studied can contribute to the education of all our pupils.  We promote teaching in Religious Education that stresses open enquiry and first-hand experiences wherever possible.

The agreed overview for the teaching RE is set out below. In each year group, the children will focus on studying aspects of 3 religions. Every year group will have one trip to enhance the learning in RE. 

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

The children at Blakehill Primary enjoying learning lots about other religions and why people choose, or choose not to follow a religion. Through their R.E. learning, the children are able to make links between their own lives and those of others in their community and in the wider world.  Through R.E. our children are developing an understanding of other people’s cultures and ways of life, which they are then able to communicate to the wider community.

R.E. offers our children the means by which to understand how other people choose to live and to understand why they choose to live in that way. As such, R.E. is invaluable in an ever changing world.

Assessment criteria has been developed in line with the expectations laid out in the Agreed Bradford Syllabus, to enable teachers to assess the progress of the children as they move through the key stages. Termly summative assessments are used to determine the children’s’ understanding and inform teacher’s planning and further differentiated support for pupils.