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RE at The Bay


Religious Education prepares children for living as global citizens within a multicultural society.  It promotes respect and empathy and develops pupils’ awareness of themselves and others by helping to make sense of how different beliefs and world views impact their own lives, and the lives of others. Religious Education enables children to explore, debate and reflect upon some of the most fundamental questions asked by people about God and life itself.


  • It is our intent that pupils at the Bay receive a broad, rich Religious Education curriculum. The curriculum will follow the locally agreed Hampshire syllabus ‘The Living Difference’.  By the end of KS2, pupils will have a good age-related knowledge and understanding of 4 major world religions – Christianity, Judaism, Hinduism and Islam.
  • It is our intent that pupils’ understanding of Christianity and other world faiths will foster positive attitudes towards diversity, between people of the same and different faiths, and those of no faith.
  • It is our intent that pupils have confidence to explore and develop their own religious and spiritual thoughts and beliefs.
  • As a Church of England school, it is our intent that we maintain Church of England traditions and celebrate key Christian dates such as Christmas and Easter. The school will continue to build on its strong links with the church and local clergy.
  • As a Church of England school, it is our intent that children are familiar with a wide range of Biblical teachings and stories.
  • It is our intent that the school’s Christian values of Love, Courage, Truth, Respect and Friendship continue to be embedded within the ethos of the school.
  • It is our intent that pupils can safely and openly discuss the big questions about life and God.
  • It is our intent that Religious Education makes an important contribution in promoting respect and tolerance in a multicultural It provides a key context to promote the shared British values of Democracy, Rule of Law, Individual Liberty and Mutual Respect for, and tolerance of, those with different faiths and beliefs.
  • It is our intent to continue to foster and provide opportunities for pupils to deepen their understanding of their own personal spiritual development and growth.


The Religious Education Curriculum explores concepts around a skills based cycle of enquiry.  These 5 enquiry skills are ‘communicate’, ‘apply’, ‘enquire’, ‘contexutalise’ and ‘evaluate’.   The cycle of enquiry allows pupils the opportunity to respond to concepts in relation to their own experiences and beliefs, as well as in relation to the religion being studied.  Christianity is the main religion studied at the Bay however, by the time pupils reach the end of Key Stage 2, they will have studied 3 other major world religions.

In Reception, Year 1 and Year 2, pupils explore Christianity and Judaism. In Years 3 and 4 pupils explore Christianity and Hinduism and in Years 5 and 6 Christianity and Islam.

R.E. weeks are held every half term so pupils have the time to learn about, and debate, concepts in depth. The following minimum time is devoted to Religious Education.

EYFS:  36 hours per year / 6 hours per half-term

Key Stage 1: 36 hours per year / 6 hours per half-term

Key Stage 2: 45 hours per year / 7.5 hours per half-term


Religious Education is assessed through teacher assessment.  Every half-term a different part of the cycle of enquiry is assessed through progressive age-related expectations, as advised in the Living Difference III.  Pupil voice is essential to assess pupil enjoyment.

The teaching of Religious Education promotes respect, understanding, tolerance and harmony between people with different beliefs, cultures and worldviews.

It enables children to flourish as individuals inspiring pupils to explore and develop their own beliefs and values, and encourages them to debate big questions about their life, world and faith.

 What pupils say about RE at The Bay:

“We can hear about each other’s points of view.  I like discussions and hearing about what other people think.  We do a lot of that.”

“I like learning about God and Jesus and I like learning about other religions.”

“We do lots of fun things in R.E.”

“God created everyone equally and values everyone.”

“I love talking about the big questions.”

Curriculum Information

Click here for RE Curriculum Overview

Click here for Age Related Assessment

Click here for Collective Worship Overview

Click here to read the ‘Living Difference IV’ booklet with the agreed syllabus for for Hampshire, the
Isle of Wight, Portsmouth and Southampton



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