Burton Road Primary School

Religious Education Policy

Written March 2022


Religious Education Rationale

At Burton Road Primary School, our curriculum follows the Barnsley SACRE Agreed Syllabus. We promote spiritual, moral, cultural, mental and physical development and provide the children with balanced views and beliefs in order to prepare them for opportunities, responsibilities and experiences in later life.


Primary Religious Education helps pupils to:

  • Explore and share human experiences and questions of meaning and purpose which arise from others and own experiences
  • Know and understand about beliefs and practices of some of the great religions of the world.
  • To promote respect, sensitivity and cultural awareness by teaching about the religions represented in their country and the wider world.
  • Support their own family traditions and religions.
  • Develop their spiritual, moral, social and cultural understanding.
  • Think about and develop their own personal believes and values.

Right to Withdraw

We note the rights of parents to withdraw their children from RE and of teachers to withdraw from teaching the subject. We aim to provide an open curriculum, which can be taught to all pupils by all staff. Please refer to the coordinator or head teacher any questions from parents about withdrawals.


Knowledge and Skills

Religious Education will be taught using whole school themes which provide pupils with opportunities to gain the relevant knowledge and skills which are outlined in the Local Agreed Syllabus by Barnsley Council. The children will learn about religion and learn from religion in order to gain knowledge and skills about six key religions.
Plese refer to the long term plans and knowledge and skills progression documents.






We believe that children should have knowledge about religion in order to understand the world around them. We aim to provide our pupils with the knowledge and understanding of a wide range of religions in order to develop their ability to make respectful, sensitive and culturally appropriate judgements about religions and other moral issues in the world.


Our curriculum will allow our pupils to think about themselves and their own beliefs and values by providing them with opportunities of spiritual, moral, social and cultural development.


In addition, we will allow them to ask questions and develop answers about religion, the wider world and life.

Our curriculum is based on the Local Agreed Syllabus for Religious Education by Barnsley Council. Our long-term plan covers the requirements and guidelines which are presented in the Local Agreed Syllabus by Barnsley Council.
We will study the following religions:

  • Christianity
  • Judaism
  • Hinduism
  • Buddhism
  • Sikhism
  • Islam

We will develop our knowledge of each of these religions by focusing on four key themes which are Our World, Special Times, Special Places and Special People.
Our staff will treat and teach our pupils to treat all communities with respect and sensitivity. We will also value links, which are and can be made between home, school and a faith community.

Our pupils will enjoy broadening their knowledge about religion and the reason why people do or do not believe in them. They will feel comfortable asking and answering questions about various religions and their own beliefs and values.

Our pupils will be open minded and will be respectful and sensitive of diversity and other cultures.