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RE Curriculum Journey


Curriculum Intent


Religious Education (RE) in Oakwood Junior School will enable every pupil to flourish and to live life in all its fullness. It will help educate for dignity and respect encouraging all to live well together. Such an approach is offered through a commitment to respect for the integrity of other religious traditions, worldviews and for the religious freedom of each person.  RE within Oakwood Junior School enables the children to explore big questions about life, in order to find out what people believe and what difference this makes to how they live so that they can make sense of religion and worldviews, reflecting on their own ideas and ways of living. In order to achieve this we have ensured our curriculum allows children to: 


  • Know about and understand a range of religions and worldviews. 

  • Express ideas and insights about the nature, significance and impact of religions and worldviews.  

  • Gain and deploy the skills needed to engage seriously with religions and worldviews.  


Curriculum Implementation


The RE curriculum is planned sequentially to build upon pupils’ prior learning and to include many rich experiences, where pupils are stimulated and challenged. RE at Oakwood Junior School is designed to engage, inspire, challenge and encourage pupils through exploring different religious beliefs, values and traditions whilst developing a rigorous understanding of the practices that are followed in our multi-cultural society. We want them to know how RE promotes discernment and enables pupils to combat prejudice, preparing them for adult life, employment and life-long learning. 


RE is delivered in accordance with the Derbyshire and Derby City Agreed Syllabus for Religious Education 2020-2025. 


Curriculum Impact


At Oakwood Junior School our RE teaching and learning promotes the pupil’s SMSC by: 


  • Developing their ability to be reflective about their own beliefs and perspective on life. 

  • Having a knowledge of and respect for different people’s faiths, feelings and values. 

  • Developing independence through learning about themselves, others and the wider world in imaginative and creative ways. 

  • Considering the consequences of their behaviour and actions on others. 

  • Recognising the difference between right and wrong, applying this to their lives. 

  • Appreciating and supporting the viewpoints of others in regard to ethical issues. 

  • Engaging and cooperating effectively with people from a diverse range of belief systems. 

  • Understanding the wide range of cultural influences in their heritage and that of those around them and     appreciating the things we have in common. 

  • Participating and responding positively to creative, artistic and musical opportunities. 

  • Embracing cultural diversity locally, nationally and globally.