Religious Education Curriculum

You can download our RE overview here: RE Overview

Great Heath is part of a wonderfully diverse community. We recognise that religion and beliefs, for many people, form a crucial part of their culture and identity. Our core values at Great Heath; growth, resilience, enthusiasm, adaptability and tolerance are at the heart of how we teach RE We ensure that all children are taught key knowledge in a creative way, to ensure that they are equipped to talk about RE sensitively and respectfully.

We believe that RE contributes to spiritual, moral, social and cultural development (SMSC) of all children. This makes a significant contribution to helping pupils develop and demonstrate skills and attitudes that will allow them to participate fully in and contribute positively to life in modern Britain, practising the skills of tolerance and mutual respect as seen in fundamental British Values. This gives children the awareness and understanding of a variety of religions and beliefs they will encounter throughout their lives.

We ensure that 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
  • develops pupils’ knowledge and understanding of Christianity, other principal religions and world-views, which offer answers to such questions
  • develops pupils’ awareness and understanding of religious beliefs, teachings, practices, forms of expression and the influence of religion on individuals, families, communities and cultures
  • encourages pupils to learn from the diversity of different religions, beliefs, values and traditions whilst affirming their own faith or search for meaning
  • challenges pupils to reflect on, consider, analyse, interpret and evaluate issues of truth, belief, faith and ethics and to communicate their responses
  • encourages pupils to develop their sense of identity and belonging and enable them to flourish individually within their communities, as citizens in a pluralistic society and global community
  • plays an important role in preparing pupils for adult life and employment, enabling them to develop respect and sensitivity to others, in particular those with different faiths and beliefs, and to combat prejudice and negative discrimination


RE is taught in discrete lessons as well as through assemblies. We follow the Suffolk Agreed Syllabus and structure the curriculum through the 5 Es:

  • Engage
  • Enquire
  • Explore
  • Evaluate
  • Express



Teacher assessment, work and quizzes are used to gain understanding. Knowledge is revisited and built upon across lessons and year groups.