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Religious Education

Subject Leader – Mrs Hayley Kennerley


At Pendle Primary School we understand the need to prepare children to be well-rounded, active participants in their community. One of the ways we aim to do this is by providing children with knowledge and understanding of a variety of religious beliefs. We understand that we live in a multi-cultural, multi-faith society so the teaching of RE includes, Christianity, Judaism, Islam, Hinduism and Sikhism. We do spend more hours teaching Christianity in accordance with national guidelines.

We believe through the teaching of RE we can contribute to pupils’ personal development and well-being and develop community cohesion by promoting mutual respect and tolerance in a diverse society. We work with Building Bridges in Burnley who work in partnership with Lancashire SACRE to provide our school with specialist support to bring Religious Education to life and promote community cohesion. Through this support we are able to enrich the children’s learning through faith visits and special assemblies hosted by visitors in school.

We implement whole school religious themed days in school and these have proved to be both enjoyable and beneficial to raise awareness and develop opportunities for our children to have a better understanding of belief, faith and culture. There is no specific ‘Religious Education’ within the Foundation Stage but it has links with the area of learning ‘People and Communities’ and classes with reception children join in with the whole school themed days.




Through RE, we aim to provide opportunities for children to:


  • develop an awareness of spiritual and moral issues in life experiences
  • develop knowledge and understanding of Christianity and other major world religions and value systems found in Britain
  • develop their sense of identity and belonging, preparing them for life as citizens in a multi-faith society
  • develop an understanding of what it means to be committed to a religious tradition
  • develop enquiry and response skills through the use of distinctive language, listening and empathy
  • be able to reflect on their own experiences and to develop a personal response to the fundamental questions of life
  • develop an understanding of religious traditions and beliefs and to appreciate the cultural differences in Britain today
  • develop investigative and research skills that enable them to make reasoned judgements about religious issues
  • have respect for other peoples’ views and to celebrate the diversity in society
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