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 At Castle Cary Primary School, Religious Education will support the development of children’s spiritual, moral and cultural understanding.  Our curriculum promotes curiosity and questioning through an enquiry based approach, where children develop an appreciation of different cultural practices. Children will have opportunities embedded within the curriculum to use their insights to reflect and search for their own sense of identity and belonging.  We aim to provide children with the knowledge and understanding of Christianity, alongside other principal religious traditions and beliefs represented throughout society. We will explore the ways in which different cultural beliefs influence people in their behaviours, practices and outlook.  We fully promote acceptance, tolerance and respect towards other people, who hold religious beliefs different from their own, throughout every aspect of our curriculum.


 Religious Education is taught from the Early years, with a focus on introducing children to celebrations, alongside building children’s understanding of special people, places and stories.  Religious Education is embedded within different areas of learning within EYFS and promotes different characteristics of effective learning, through both child led and child initiated activities.  

Throughout KS1 and KS2, Christianity is taught each year, alongside one other religion. Humanist views are also planned into the curriculum across KS1 and KS2.  Our curriculum fully meets all of the statutory requirements set out in the Somerset Agreed Syllabus. Each unit is sequenced, with specific vocabulary identified. Each lesson is underpinned by promoting acceptance, tolerance and respect.

In KS1 the primary focus is for the children to learn about the key themes of Christianity; the importance of Jesus, the festivals of Christmas and Easter, God and the creation of the world.  Judaism is the secondary focus within KS1, as Judaism is inextricably linked to Christianity. 

In KS2, children develop their knowledge of Christianity through further enquiries into Christian belief and traditions, being able to deepen their knowledge and understanding, with Christmas and Easter taking on a different angle each year. Alongside Christianity, KS2 will also learn about 3 other key religions, as set out in the Somerset Agreed Syllabus.  These will include the continuation of Judaism and children are also introduced to the other world religions of Hinduism and Islam, in order to widen their cultural knowledge of religions and beliefs within our diverse world. 

Children will explore our Religious Education curriculum in a range of ways.  Children are mostly taught RE in discrete weekly sessions and children will experience a range of teaching strategies from discussions, research, visits, visitors and artefacts. Religious Education is also celebrated through other means such as assemblies alongside taking any further opportunities to widen children’s multi-cultural experiences.


 Children at Castle Cary will

  • Have an in-depth knowledge of the Christian faith and develop an awareness of, and be able to explain different religions, beliefs, teachings and practices using appropriate and specific vocabulary.
  • Be able to ask relevant questions and begin to gather evidence to inform their understanding, opinions and views on the religions studied.
  • Recognise the right for others to hold their own views, showing respect for other people’s beliefs, practices, values and religions.
  • Use insights to reflect on and develop their own sense of identity and belonging, in order to prepare them for life as citizens in a global society.

Further Information:

Progression of skills in RE

Progression of knowledge in RE