Religious Education


At Chigwell Row our RE curriculum aims to expose our children to religions and cultures reflective of the multicultural society in which we live. We promote the British values of tolerance, respect, and individual liberty and our RE curriculum allows pupils to develop these values and reflect on their own personal beliefs. Children are encouraged to ask questions to deepen their understanding of the significance of religion within the community and the wider world and their sense of self within it.




Throughout the year pupils in the early years explore the celebrations and festivities of the major religions. Pupils are given the opportunity to discuss their own personal experiences with religion, or to share research they have done into different religious places and practices through their weekly show and tell. 

Music and singing are used to expose the children to the arts of different religious groups and cultures, and children make cross-curricular links by discussing how this music makes them feel.

Objectives from Understanding the World are used during teacher input, as well as continuous provision, to guide the children’s learning whilst also giving them the opportunities to be curious and explore their own interests through a range of resources and texts. 


Using the Discovery RE scheme, KS1 children are taught through a rolling curriculum where questioning is carefully planned and adapted to deepen the understanding of the children in Years 1 and 2 and ensure the progression of skills and knowledge across the Key Stage. 

All lessons are based on an enquiry question which leads the learning and is related to a specific religious group. Children relate their learning to their own life and experiences, making regular cross-curricular links with PSHE. By the end of each topic pupils are able to take their own opinions and experiences, for example how they would welcome someone of importance (like the King or Queen) and link this to the feelings and beliefs of a particular religious group (e.g. how Christians felt about welcoming Jesus).   


Whole School

The children visit the local church regularly as this relates to specific topics of learning as well as part of celebrations such as Harvest, Christmas and Easter. Children are also given opportunities to ask questions to visitors of the school from different religious groups. 

In assemblies the children are given specific input that teaches them about the festivities and cultures of different religious groups. 


We measure the impact of our curriculum through the following methods:

  • Assessing children’s understanding of topic linked vocabulary before and after the unit is taught as well as during the lessons. 
  • Marking of work in books 
  •  Images and videos of the children’s practical learning
  • Interviewing the pupils about their learning (pupil voice)
  • Low stake quizzes within lessons
  • Adult questioning and prompting
  • Observations of pupils during continuous provision

Our RE Topic Overview:


re topic overview template.pdf