Religious Education

Cowley Hill Religious Education Curriculum Statement

Curriculum Intent:

Religious Education at Cowley Hill Primary School aims to provide children with knowledge and understanding about world religions, values and traditions. We aim to enable children to become religiously and theologically literate so they can engage in our increasingly diverse society. The range of faiths and beliefs observed by our children and families are embraced and celebrated across the school. Through Religious Education, children are taught to be reflective and to trust and respect others.

We aim to support children in gaining shared human understanding, developing personal identity and searching for meaning in the context of evaluating different viewpoints. Children are encouraged to ask questions and to articulate their knowledge and understanding, as well as their personal and critical responses. 


We aim to equip pupils with cultural capital, preparing children with the essential religious educational knowledge and skills for what comes next. The exploration of new skills and experiences helps to nurture resilience, curiosity and creativity. Through this journey, children develop new forms of cultural capital that makes a difference in individual mind-sets, which consequently shapes their future.  


Curriculum Implementation:

At Cowley Hill, we use the Hertfordshire Agreed Syllabus of Religious Education as a basis for our curriculum. RE is taught in every year group, ensuring minimum time requirements are met.

Our children follow a coherent and systematic study of the principal religion of Christianity across each key stage and are introduced to the other five principal religions represented in the UK by the end of KS2.

RE provokes challenging questions about the ultimate meaning and purpose of life, beliefs about God, the self and the nature of reality, issues of right and wrong and what it means to be human. Our children are challenged to reflect on issues of belief, faith and ethics and to communicate their responses.

Our Religious Education curriculum is enhanced through experiential learning opportunities, such as visits to places of worship in our local area.

Children's’ attainment and progress is assessed termly using outcomes from the Hertfordshire Agreed Syllabus and reported to parents in an end of year report.


Curriculum Impact:

The children at Cowley Hill Primary School enjoy learning lots about other religions and why people choose, or choose not to follow a religion. Through their R.E. learning, the children are able to make links between their own lives and those of others in their community and in the wider world. R.E. acts as a hub, therefore, between social aspects of learning, science and geography. Through R.E. our children are developing an understanding of other people’s cultures and ways of life, which they are then able to communicate to the wider community.

Children will have developed an understanding of how other people choose to live and to understand why they choose to live in that way. 


The impact of our curriculum is under constant review and development to ensure that it appropriately meets the needs of our children, supporting and challenging pupils to achieve their full potential.

Our curriculum is regularly monitored by:

  • Assessing children’s existing understanding and vocabulary, before and after the unit is taught.
  • Assessing children’s’ learning behaviours working towards an objective such as confidence, engagement, self-motivation, resilience, curiosity.
  • Moderation of effective planning and lesson sequences.
  • Summative assessment of children’s discussions about their learning.
  • Assessment of recorded work, which may include work in books, images of practical activities, electronic work stored on Google Classroom.
  • Interviewing the children about their learning (pupil voice).
  • Moderation staff meetings where children’s books are scrutinised and there is the opportunity for a dialogue between teachers to understand their class’s work.


Progression of Skills

Curriculum Learning Outcomes