Religious Education at Sandiway Primary School

Together, we take our children on a journey that is engaging, exciting and empowering for all.

The RE co-ordinator is Mrs Katie Sparks 

At Sandiway Primary School we aim to: 

Engage: Provide varied opportunities for all of our pupils to explore their own beliefs and culture and deepen their understanding of world beliefs.

Excite: Develop all pupils’ interest, enjoyment and curiosity of the diverse world, helping to instil a life-long fascination and positivity towards the diverse world.

Empower: To ensure all pupils experience a progressive curriculum that encourages understanding and respect to the ever changing world.


At the heart of our RE lessons are the British values.  These values are discussed in day-to-day teaching at Sandiway and discussed in our weekly assemblies.

What does our curriculum look like for RE?

At Sandiway Primary School, RE is taught using the Cheshire West and Cheshire Scheme.  This scheme is then tailored to meet the needs of the children in our school. This particular scheme has been chosen as it provides clear progression across school and there is a wealth of subject support for staff to ensure high quality teaching and learning is in place. More detailed medium term planning is available in school. Termly enquiry questions are set for the children to explore, making learning memorable by giving them opportunity to return to and reflect upon their learning.

How is RE structured at Sandiway Primary School?

Our RE curriculum is progressive in that children develop their knowledge and understanding in a range of world religons. These world religions are covered more than once in their primary journey and knowledge is recapped and built upon. Children are given the opportunity to express their own opinions, beliefs and questions to develop a secure knowledge of the diverse world we live in. Memorable learning experiences encourage life skills that may be applied in and out of the school setting.

A diverse range of starting points are used, and significant gods, stories and celebrations are researched. 

Pupils are taught to understand and use accurate vocabulary.

How do we enrich RE?

Within RE, we cover a variety of curriculum areas (British Values, SMSC, English, science, well-being etc). Children are given the opportunity to express their own views and we encourage our children to be tolerant and responsible citizens through the understanding of other people's opinions, beliefs and ideas that therefore commands respect. This is also enriched through our Friday afternoon wellbeings sessions where we develop children's well-being and midfullness.  In these sessions we also look at 'No outsiders' where the children deepen their knowledge of the diverse world we live in. Respect and tolerance are also covered in these sessions. 

How do we provide for all learners in RE?

The RE curriculum delivery is equitable and appropriate for all groups ensuring full access and parity for all pupils. Through our teaching and learning of RE, all children have a positive view of the subject and are able to enthusiastically express their views, opinions and beliefs.  

Children are supported when necessary to enable full access to their learning in art and the most able are challenged to ensure everyone can fulfill their potential within the subject. Children have a secure knowledge and understanding of how RE can contribute to, culture, wealth and well-being within our school and across the wider environment. 

How do we assess RE?  

Children are given opportunity to evaluate their own and others work with empathy and compassion. All children have knowledge and understanding of a number of world religions and their practies and beliefs.  

RE work is assessed termly by class teachers. Judgements are made in relation to how children have approached and accomplished the enquiry questions set within each termly theme.

Subject Leaders monitor the progress of RE through work scrutiny of RE books, pupil voice, work displayed etc. Children’s progress and next steps for the subject then become evident.

Spring Term 2022

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Sandiway Primary School

Weaverham Road, Sandiway, Cheshire, CW8 2ND