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Religious Education

R.E overview 2019-2020

Hertfordshire Agreed Syllabus of Religious Education 2017-2022

RE at Gade Valley Primary School


We aim to ensure that all pupils develop as tolerant young people with respect and understanding of the views of others, including the beliefs and practices of religions and other world views. 


Teaching of R.E at Gade Valley will provide pupils with a systematic knowledge and understanding about Christianity, principal religions and worldviews, which give life value. We aim to enable pupils to become religiously and theologically literate so they can engage in life in an increasingly diverse society.  Lessons will not be about telling pupils what religious views they should have but rather assist them in gaining shared human understanding, developing their personal identity and supporting them in searching for meaning in the context of evaluating different viewpoints.


Our curriculum ensures pupils develop knowledge and understanding of sources of wisdom and their impact whilst exploring personal and critical responses.


A. Sources of wisdom and their impact

All pupils should:

  • know, understand and explore the significance and impact of sacred texts, other sources of wisdom and ways of expressing meaning
  • express ideas and insights about the nature of beliefs, values and practices and their impact upon the identity of individuals and communities
  • recognise and explore the diversity which exists within and between religious traditions


B. Personal and critical responses

All pupils should:

  • express with increasing discernment their personal reflections, critical responses and connections to faith and belief enquiring into philosophical, moral and ethical issues
  • engage with the questions and answers offered by religions and worldviews concerning ultimate questions and human responsibility
  • develop the skills requires to engage with others in dialogue and to cooperate in society with respect and compassion


Learning in RE contributes to pupils’ personal development and well-being and to community cohesion by promoting mutual respect and tolerance in a diverse society. RE also makes important contributions to other parts of our school curriculum such as PSHE, History and Geography.


Throughout their time at Gade Valley our pupils take part in many activities to develop their learning further including; trips to local churches, Easter bonnet parades, carol concerts and nativity performances. We also hold regular religious themed assemblies led by school staff and visitors from the local community.


To see the learning in R.E, please visit the R.E page on the celebrating our curriculum section.