Religious Education

Religious Education 

Our vision and ambition for Religious Education at Hemingford Grey Primary School 


We want children to have: 

  • An outstanding level of religious understanding and knowledge. 

  • A thorough engagement with a range of ultimate questions about the meaning and significance of existence. 

  • The ability to ask significant and highly reflective questions about religion and demonstrate an excellent understanding of issues related to the nature, truth and value of religion. 

  • A strong understanding of how the beliefs, values, practices and ways of life within any religion cohere together. 

  • Exceptional independence; the ability to think for themselves and take the initiative in, for example, asking questions, carrying out investigations, evaluating ideas and working constructively with others. 

  • Significant levels of originality, imagination or creativity, which are shown in their responses to their learning in RE. 

  • The ability to link the study of religion and belief to personal reflections on meaning and purpose. 

  • A wide knowledge and deep understanding across a wide range of religions and beliefs. 

We deliver RE in line with the 2018 Cambridgeshire Agreed Syllabus for Religious Education and we use the Discovery RE programme as our scheme of work. 


By following Discovery RE, we intend that Religious Education will:- 

  • adopt an enquiry- based approach as recommended by Ofsted, beginning with the children’s own life experience before moving into learning about and from religion. 

  • provoke challenging questions about the meaning and purpose of life, beliefs, the self, and issues of right and wrong, commitment and belonging. It develops pupils’ knowledge and understanding of Christianity, other principal religions, and religious traditions that examine these questions, fostering personal reflection and spiritual development. 

  • encourage pupils 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.  

  • enable pupils to build their sense of identity and belonging, which helps them flourish within their communities and as citizens in a diverse society. 

  • teach pupils to develop respect for others, including people with different faiths and beliefs, and helps to challenge prejudice. 

  • prompt pupils to consider their responsibilities to themselves and to others, and to explore how they might contribute to their communities and to wider society. It encourages empathy, generosity and compassion. 

  • develop a sense of awe, wonder and mystery. 

  • nurture children’s own spiritual development. 

Discovery RE covers all areas of RE for the primary phase. Christianity plus one other religion is taught in each year groupThe Road Map shows specific enquiries for each year group.  

 Our curriculum allows pupils to learn about religions and learn from religions, building on their individual starting points, beliefs and needs. It is our expectation that all pupils will develop a high level of understanding of the faiths studied. Each topic is intended to provoke thought and discussion on a number of key questions with an emphasis on enquiry, investigation and reflection, drawing on pupils’ direct experiences as a starting point with the concepts becoming more abstract in upper Key Stage 2. 

Miss Sarah Symons

RE Lead

Religious Education Curriculum Road Map
Click below to view the children's learning journey in RE: