Religious Education

A model for Religious Education:

How we behave affects other people and the world we live in.

This is why our behaviour is an important issue.

Our behaviour is influenced by our attitudes.

Our attitudes are influenced by our experiences and beliefs.


RE is the opportunity to reflect on our experiences and explore the beliefs, values and attitudes that guide us through life by exploring the beliefs, values, practices and ways of life of the principal religions and secular philosophies.

We all play a part in creating the world and society we live in. What we believe, whether religious or not, contributes significantly to this. RE helps pupils (and the school as a whole) to reflect on the ways in which beliefs influence the way people live their lives.

RE is a statutory subject in the primary phase curriculum and is taught using the Buckinghamshire Agreed Syllabus for Religious Education 2011-16 (endorsed by the Oxford Diocese).  There are two main educational purposes to RE.

1. so that pupils can learn about religions and beliefs which have influenced the lives of millions of people and heavily influenced the development of different human cultures.

2. so that pupils can learn more about themselves and their place in the world from their study of religion and belief.


The Agreed Syllabus has four aims for RE

To enable pupils to:

1 understand the nature, role and influence of religion in the world;

2 pursue personal quest for meaning, purpose and value;

3 formulate reasoned opinion/argument and handle controversial issues and truth claims;

4 develop understanding of and respect for different beliefs and lifestyles.

Hindu Celebration
Hindu Wedding Ritual
Woman with Bible
Religious Objects
Church Interior
Hands holding beads

Middle Barton Primary School