‘Preparing each child for their future in an ever-changing world’


Religious Education Policy

December 2018  (to be reviewed in December 2020)


In the parable of the Good Samaritan Jesus teaches us to ‘Love your neighbour as you love yourself’.  It is from this that we get our key Christian values of Respect, Responsibility, Care and Courage.  These provide a stable and caring environment where we are 'preparing each child for their future in an ever- changing world'.

Following the example of the Good Samaritan we are an inclusive school, serving equally those of all faiths or none through the provision of an education of the highest quality within the context of Christian belief and practice.


  • Care
  • Courage
  • Respect
  • Responsibility


Our vision for Hagbourne CE Primary School reflects a commitment to learning and recognition of the uniqueness of individual learners. It is driven by our desire to offer the best possible education for our pupils in partnership with parents, the Church and the local community, within the context of Christian belief and practice, and understanding of school vision and the shared values. As a school we celebrate the diversity of the wider community and are committed to the principles of inclusion and equality of opportunity.

Religious education at our school explores how individuals and communities make meaning and sense of their lives through the major religions of the world. It enables pupils to know about, understand and respond to the important and ultimate questions of life. Religious education is taught in a way that it inspires pupils to explore, develop and affirm their own faith and values and have respect for the faith, beliefs and values of others. It is not the practice of this school to preach to or seek to convert children.


At Hagbourne CE Primary School, religious education supports and strengthens the vision and values which are at the heart of what we aim to do in every aspect of school life. The importance placed on the development of the whole child spiritually, morally, socially, culturally (SMSC) and intellectually is reflected in the religious education curriculum and in our SMSC policy.

Specifically, religious education aims to enable pupils of all abilities and stages of development to:

The purpose of religious education does not include any attempt to alter a child’s beliefs. Indeed, reflecting the inclusive ethos of our school our religious education programme is designed not ‘to convert pupils or urge a particular religion or religious belief on pupils’.

Legal Framework

In accordance with the law we provide religious education for all pupils from Foundation Stage (Reception) to Year 6.

We follow the Oxfordshire Agreed Syllabus 2015 – 2020. The Syllabus demonstrates the requirements in the Education Acts of 1996, 1998 and 2002. It reflects the fact that the religious traditions in Great Britain are in the main Christian, while taking account of the teaching and practices of the other principal religions represented in Great Britain.

At Hagbourne CE Primary School, religious education has the same status and importance as any other subject and, as such, the same high standards are applied to this as to other subjects.

Parents have a legal right to withdraw their children from religious education lessons, but as religious education is central to the life and identity of Hagbourne CE Primary School, we would ask parents to discuss with the head teacher any reasons they might have for doing this.

Teaching and Learning

We aim to create a positive attitude to learning in RE by encouraging our children to:

Teachers use the Oxford Diocese RE Scheme of Work to plan, deliver and assess. As we have signed up to the Service The Level Agreement, the scheme is available to us free of charge from and the password is  Cr3&Tion

The SOW is made up of units, each unit has a “Big Question” which has been created to allow children to experience AT1 and AT2. The assumption is that Christianity will be the main religion taught, in accordance with the national guidelines. In addition Judaism will be taught in KS1 and Hinduism and Sikhism covered in KS2. Many of the questions could be adapted to cover other faiths.

Each unit consists of an outline plan and an assessment sheet. These should be used by the class teacher in planning the unit of work. Neither is exhaustive or exclusive, but should be used as a starting point. There is a unit for each half term, for each year group. The units do not have to be taught weekly, but could be blocked into special weeks or special days.

A variety of resources, styles, and techniques will be used as appropriate. Pupils will engage in activities which will also enable teachers to assess what they have learnt.  

Visitors and Visits Artefacts are integral to good religious education teaching and we include as many opportunities as we can to involve children in practical RE research and enquiry. Visits to places of worship are encouraged by all classes and visitors are invited into the school to enrich learning. All visits must meet the requirements of the Health and Safety policies and full risk assessments carried out prior to the visit.

‘Understanding Christianity’ is used to deliver the key concepts of Christianity through the whole school.

We recognise the fact that there are children of different abilities and we provide suitable learning opportunities for all children by:


Assessment of a pupil’s work and progress is ongoing by the class teacher and informs future planning. At the end of each unit of work, teachers record progress against key milestones using the SOW assessment sheet as mentioned above.  These are used by the teacher to identify where concepts need to be revisited.

RE forms part of pupil’s annual report to parents.