RE at Dovedale Primary

Religious Education Curriculum Rationale 2021/22


At Dovedale Primary we are theologists! We want our children to love religious education. We want them to have no limits to what their ambitions are and grow up wanting to be priests, philosophers, anthropologists, lecturers, or social workers. We want them to embody our core values. We all believe that: if you believe it, you can achieve it. The RE curriculum is being continuously developed so that our children develop their SMSC capital. We want our children to remember their RE lessons and experiences in our school and the wider community, to cherish these memories and embrace the opportunities they are presented with. Through thought-provoking units of learning, Dovedale pupils develop an aptitude for dialogue, so that they can participate positively in society, with its diverse religions and worldviews.

Bringing RE to life is important at Dovedale Primary School. 




The RE curriculum contributes dynamically to our pupils’ education by provoking challenging questions about meaning and purpose in life, beliefs about God, ultimate reality, issues of right and wrong and what it means to be human. Dovedale pupils learn about and from religions and worldviews in local, national and global contexts, to discover, explore and consider different answers to these questions.

Learning is sequential; the syllabus is structured around three strands which form the basis of the end of key stage outcomes: Believing, Expressing and Living.

We explore big questions about life, in order to find out what people believe and what difference this makes to how they live, so that pupils can make sense of religion and worldviews, and reflect on their own ideas and ways of living. In addition to the religions required for study at each key stage, non-religious worldviews are also explored in such a way as to ensure that pupils develop mutual respect and tolerance of those with different faiths and beliefs.

Pupils learn to evaluate wisdom from different sources, to develop and express their insights in response, and to agree or disagree respectfully. We encourage children to articulate clearly and coherently their personal beliefs, ideas, values and experiences while respecting the right of others to differ.

Their understanding of a range of religions and worldviews, enables Dovedale pupils to develop their own ideas, values and identities.


Formative assessment is used to record pupils’ understanding of an objective and helps to plan for opportunities to learn more and remember more. Units of learning will include a pre-assessment which reviews learning from our progression map. This ensures a clear progression in knowledge, skills and understanding. Each unit will include opportunities for: investigating and evaluating sources; reflecting on meaning, purpose and truth; completing extended writing tasks; expressing ideas about spirituality, identity and diversity in writing, dialogue or art.

Leaders conduct book monitoring, learning walks and pupil voice to establish the impact.  Our curriculum content is reviewed through and at the end of each unit of learning.

Leaders conduct book monitoring, learning walks and pupil voice to establish the impact.  Our curriculum content is reviewed at the end of each topic



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