Religious Education

As a Federation of church schools, knowledge and understanding of Christianity will always remain central to the ethos and teachings of the school, with religious education contributing significantly to the Federations Christian character. As an inclusive community, we will encourage learning about and learning from other religions and fostering respect for other religions and world views.



The purpose of Religious Education (RE) is to support the development of children’s values and their spiritual, moral, social and cultural understanding.  This entails enabling children to interpret and respond to a variety of concepts, beliefs and practices within religions and to their own and others cultural and life experiences.  This takes the form of encountering religious stories, festivals, artefacts, places of worship, rituals and beliefs.



Religious Education is central to the understanding of education and mission. The aims of Religious Education in our church school are:

    • To enable pupils to encounter Christianity as a ‘living religion’ that has shaped British culture and heritage and influences the lives of millions of people today
    • To enable pupils to learn about the other major religions, their impact on culture and politics, art and history, and on the lives of their adherents
    • To develop understanding of religious faith as the search for the expression of truth
    • To contribute to the development of pupils’ own spiritual / philosophical convictions, exploring and enriching their own faith and beliefs.
    • For children to enjoy Religious Education and be enabled to speak about religious ideas and faith
    • To be a school where we:
      • Nourish those of the faith
      • Encourage those of other faiths
      • Challenge those who have no faith

Principles of teaching and learning – The RE Curriculum:RE at the Oaks CE Learning Federation, is taught in line with the Hampshire Agreed Syllabus (Living Difference), with due regard to the National Society Statement of Entitlement for Religious Education and school values. 5-10% of curriculum time is devoted to RE, with learning activities addressing both learning about and learning from religion. RE can be taught as either weekly lessons or in blocked units. Decisions on which approach works best are made by individual teachers, in consultation with the RE leader, depending on the project for each half term or whole school project.Each unit of work is ‘concept’ led, making reference to children’s own experiences and thoughts. Christianity is the majority study. However, the children will also be taught about Judaism in Key Stage 1.


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Jan Thomas

RE Leader