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Religious Education

Religious Education at Bishops Down is a chance for the children to understand and empathise with all of the 6 main World Religions. Christianity, Judaism, Sikhism, Hinduism, Buddhism and Islam. It is broken down and taught through 2 different attainment targets. Attainment 1 which is where the children learn about the religion. Attainment 2 what the children can learn from the religion. 

Throughout their time at Bishops Down the children will have exposure to all the religions at least once depending on their age. All year groups explore Christian values every year.

RE is unique in the school curriculum as the 1988 Education Act states that ‘Religious Education has equal standing in relation to core subjects of the National Curriculum in that it is compulsory for all registered pupils’.

At Bishops Down we strive to encourage all children to:

  • Develop knowledge and understanding of all religions and how it impacts the community of Bishops Down and Great Britain.
  • Develop a sense of respect for all traditions, beliefs and practice.
  • Develop skills and attitudes to support their own personal, moral, social and cultural development.

The delivery of RE at Bishops Down is creatively taught through different teaching methods, art, drama, cooking, interacting with artefacts, ICT, discussions and visitors to name a few.

Within the foundation stage RE is taught through the curriculum area Understanding of the World where the children explore similarities and differences between themselves and others, and among families, communities and traditions.

Within key stage one the children develop their key skills looking at Christianity and Judaism in Year 1 and Christianity and Hinduism in Year 2.

Within key stage two the children develop their key skills looking at Christianity and Judaism in Year 3, Christianity and Islam in Year 4, Christianity and Buddhism in Year 5 and Christianity and Sikhism in Year 6.


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