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Religious Education

A Statement of Entitlement (Church of England)

Religious education in a Church school should enable every child to flourish and to live life in all its fullness. (John 10:10). It will help educate for dignity and respect encouraging all to live well together.

Such an approach is offered through a commitment to generous hospitality, being true to our underpinning faith, but with a deep respect for the integrity of other religious traditions (and worldviews) and for the religious freedom of each person.

A high-quality sequential religious education (RE) programme is essential to meet the statutory requirement and to teach a full curriculum that prepares pupils for the opportunities, responsibilities and experiences of life in modern Britain. Central to religious education in Church schools is the study of Christianity as a living and diverse faith, focused on the teaching of Jesus and the Church.


There is a clear expectation that as an inclusive community, Weaverthrope School provides sequenced learning about a range of religions and worldviews fostering respect for others.

In Weaverthorpe School RE is taught according to the North Yorkshire agreed syllabus for RE, using the Understanding Christianity resources.

Pupils and their families can expect an RE curriculum that enables pupils to acquire a rich, deep knowledge and understanding of Christian belief and practice. Pupils and parents can expect our teaching and learning to use an approach that engages with biblical text and theological ideas.

Pupils can expect our RE curriculum will engage and challenge them through an exploration of core concepts and questions. Their lessons will provide meaningful and informed dialogue about a range of religions and worldviews. There will be opportunities for them to understand the role of foundational texts, beliefs, rituals, and practices and how they help form identity in a range of religions and worldviews. Pupils will explore how these may change in different times, places and cultures.

Our RE curriculum is intrinsic to the school’s Christian vision in enabling all pupils to flourish. In addition, the RE curriculum will contribute to British values and spiritual moral social and cultural development.

Our Vison: At Weaverthorpe School we are on a lifelong journey together. We look out for one another with love, kindness and friendship at the heart of what we do. We are creative in our teaching and learning and value our own community, whilst learning and experiencing the world beyond.

We foster courage and resilience in all we do and are committed to developing a love of learning. We ensure all are valued as we live and work together in our Christian family.

Learning activities will provide fully for the needs of all pupils. Pupils develop a wide range of skills including enquiry, analysis, interpretation, evaluation and reflection. At our school pupils have a safe space to explore their own religious, spiritual and/or philosophical ways of seeing, living and thinking, believing and belonging. They should have opportunities to engage in meaningful and informed dialogue with those of all religions and worldviews.

Aims and objectives

• To know about and understand Christianity as a diverse global living faith through the exploration of core beliefs using an approach that critically engages with biblical text.

• To gain knowledge and understanding of a range of religions and worldviews appreciating diversity, continuity and change within the religions and worldviews being studied.

• To engage with challenging questions of meaning and purpose raised by human existence and experience.

• To recognise the concept of religion and its continuing influence on Britain’s cultural heritage and in the lives of individuals and societies in different times, cultures and places.

• To explore their own religious, spiritual and philosophical ways living, believing and thinking.

Click here for RE Long term Progression

Click here for RE policy

Click here for C of E statement of Entitlement