RE – subject information


Religious Education has a significant role for the development of pupils’ spiritual, moral, social and cultural development. It promotes respect towards others with different faiths and beliefs and encourages pupils to develop their sense of identity and belonging through self-awareness and reflection. It also helps to challenge prejudice.  The principle aim of RE is to engage pupils in an enquiry approach where they can develop an understanding and appreciation for the expression of beliefs, cultural practices and influence of principle religions and worldviews in the local, national and wider global community.


At Thorpepark Academy we follow Discovery RE which aligns closely to the Hull and East Riding Agreed Syllabus.   We use an enquiry- based approach beginning with the children’s own life experience before moving into learning about and from religion and world views.  We provoke challenging questions about the meaning and purpose of life, beliefs, the self, and issues of right and wrong, commitment and belonging.  Pupils’ develop their knowledge and understanding of Christianity, other principal religions, and religious traditions that examine these questions, fostering personal reflection and spiritual development.  The children are encouraged 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. Pupils are enabled to build their sense of identity and belonging, which helps them flourish within their communities and as citizens in a diverse society.  Pupils are taught to develop respect for others, including people with different faiths and beliefs, and helps to challenge prejudice.  They are prompted to consider their responsibilities to themselves and to others, and to explore how they might contribute to their communities and to wider society. Learning RE encourages empathy, generosity and compassion, to develop a sense of awe, wonder and mystery and allows them to develop their own spiritual development.

To ensure the children learn a range of religions, build their knowledge and understanding and make connections in a progressive way throughout their primary school career, RE is organised accordingly.

In summary:

Foundation Stage Children learn briefly about all the 6 major world faiths.

KS1 and KS2 focus in much more depth predominantly on Christianity and one other subject as follows:

Year 1 Christianity and Judaism

Year 2 Christianity and Islam

Year 3 Christianity and Hinduism

Year 4 Christianity and Buddhism

Year 5 Christianity and Sikhism

Year 6 Christianity and Islam

RE days are also used to focus in depth on a range of world views.

It is hoped that all parents and teachers will feel comfortable with the RE taught at our school and if they have any concerns will talk to the RE lead or a member of the Senior Management Team for further clarification.

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