Howletch Lane
Primary School


At Howletch Primary School the principal aim of Religious Education is to explore what people believe and what difference this makes to how they live, so that pupils can gain the knowledge, understanding and skills needed to handle questions raised by religion and belief, reflecting on their own ideas and ways of living.  

The Durham Agreed Syllabus for Religious Education 2020, promotes, supports and encourages outstanding practice in the teaching of Religious Education (RE). The agreed syllabus aims to ensure that all children:  

  1. Make sense of a range of religious and non-religious beliefs, so that they can: – identify, describe, explain and analyse beliefs and concepts in the context of living religions using appropriate vocabulary.  – explain how and why these beliefs are understood in different ways, by individuals and within communities. 

– recognise how and why sources of authority (e.g. texts, teachings, traditions, leaders) are used, expressed and interpreted in different ways, developing skills of interpretation.   


  1. Understand the impact and significance of religious and non-religious beliefs, so that they can: – examine and explain how and why people express their beliefs in diverse ways. – recognise and account for ways in which people put their beliefs into action in diverse ways, in their everyday lives, within their communities and in the wider world.  – appreciate and appraise the significance of different ways of life and ways of expressing meaning.   3. Make connections between religious and non-religious beliefs, concepts, practices and ideas studied, so that they can: – evaluate, reflect on and enquire into the key concepts and questions studied, responding thoughtfully and creatively, giving good reasons for their responses.  – challenge the ideas studied, and allow the ideas studied to challenge their own thinking, articulating beliefs, values and commitment clearly in response.  – discern possible connections between the ideas studied and their own ways of understanding the world, expressing their critical responses and personal reflections with increasing clarity and understanding.  

At Howletch Primary School, we are committed to providing our children with an exciting and positive learning environment, in which they have the opportunity to develop their knowledge and understanding of religions while contributing to their spiritual, moral social and cultural development.  

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