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Religious Education

Welcome to the RE page.

Miss Sensicall leads Religious Education throughout school.

‘Since a child, I have always been interested in RE. At secondary school, RE very quickly became my favourite subject. I particularly enjoyed debating moral issues, current affairs and our ideas about what is right and wrong. At university, I completed a four year teaching degree and majored in RE. I want our RE curriculum to be relevant and to reflect both our own locality and the diversity of our society as a whole. RE reflects the diversity of our world. It allows children to think about and explore their own thoughts, views and beliefs and encourages them to think about, explore, challenge and debate the views of others. It enables children to show respect and empathy towards others, irrespective of background, race, culture or language.’

Miss Sensicall

Our R.E curriculum …

Engage, encourage, inspire and challenge children through a sequence of well-planned lessons.

Provide the knowledge and skills necessary to know about the beliefs and practices of others.

To deepen knowledge from Early Years to KS2 to achieve mastery of the subject.

Enable young children to learn about, recognise and understand differences, to be respectful of others and develop the ability to empathize with others.

Think about, explore and articulate their own beliefs and listen, challenge and debate the views and beliefs of others.

Is relevant and reflects both current affairs and the diversity of our society.

Know how the beliefs and faith of others on a local, national and global scale have shaped our history.

Religious Education Learning Pathway


Sequenced opportunity to revisit key RE knowledge….

Substantive (Critical Content )–  facts about key aspects of the five major religions , the beliefs and practices of others on a local, national and global scale and the significant stories and people relating to the religion studied.

Substantive concepts – for example… belonging, community, right and wrong, charity, responsibility, love, forgiveness, sacrifice, caring for our environment/creation


Procedural–     development of their own views and beliefs and the views and beliefs of others through identifying, recognising, reflecting, responding, describing, debating,  exploring and investigating.

Click the link below to access our procedural knowledge overview document.


Disciplinary– How the children want to develop their own thoughts, ideas and beliefs.

Disciplinary themes-   Shared Human Experience, Living Religious Traditions, Beliefs and Values, The Search for Personal Meaning


RE is taught through six half termly themes. This is either taught for a half hour to an hour each week or blocked and taught as a longer timeslot, as part or whole of a theme.


Assessment in RE happens through our Sandylands checkpoints.

Each half termly theme starts by checking what the children already know and remember about a particular faith, religious concept, festival or celebration (Checkpoint 1).

Each sequenced session in the unit then begins with what the children already know and concludes with what they have learnt in the session (Checkpoint 2).

At the end of the theme, the children will show what they know and remember about the whole theme and answer the big question (Checkpoint 3).

At the end of each unit, children can:

  • Talk about the critical content of the unit.
  • Talk about the beliefs and practices of others.
  • Use moral and religious vocabulary.
  • Articulate their views on the big question on an age-appropriate level.
  • Talk about the significant people and stories relating to the religion they have studied.

CPD for teachers


Our teachers our committed to continuing their own professional development in all areas of the curriculum. As subject lead, Miss Sensicall is committed to supporting teachers with the teaching and delivery of our bespoke RE curriculum at Sandylands.

Essential Entitlement

Jewish Artefacts

In Year 1, we are starting a unit on Judaism. We looked a range of Jewish artefacts, learned new vocabulary to name and describe these and began to understand how they are used.  

The Christmas Story

The Christmas Story

Kindly, Diana from NISCU came to visit Year 1 with her box of special friends. Diana told us the story of the first Christmas and the birth of baby Jesus. We had actions to learn different parts of the story, puppets to help us remember and some songs to learn too.

Buddhism – Year 3

Buddhism – Year 3

As a follow up to Year 3’s visit from nun Jen Lhamo, from Lancaster Mediation Centre, Year 3  thought about what we can learn from the life of The Buddha. They considered how true happiness doesn’t in fact, come from the things we possess, but rather from being...

R.E., Year 3

R.E., Year 3

In Year 3, we have been learning about the Buddhist faith and in particular, about the life of The Buddha.  As part of our learning, we had a visit from a nun from the Kadampa Meditation Centre in Lancaster. Gen Lhamo talked about her life as a Buddhist nun. She also...

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