INTENT: Why do we teach Religious Education at J.H Godwin primary school?

RE gives particular opportunities to promote an ethos of respect for others, challenge stereotypes and build understanding of other cultures and beliefs. This in turn contributes to promoting a positive and inclusive school ethos that champions democratic values and human rights. RE is an important subject in terms of contributiing towards our school’s development as a Rights Respecting School.

We teach our children about the different religions in the world because it makes: “a major contribution to the their education. We aim to make lessons intellectually challenging and personally enriching. RE helps young people to further develop their beliefs and values, and promotes the virtues of respect and empathy, which are so important in today's diverse society. It fosters civilised debate and reasoned argument, and helps pupils to understand the place of religion and belief in the modern world”.

(RE: realising the potential, Ofsted 2013).

Implementation: How do we teach RE?

At J.H Godwin school, we follow a long term overview created using the agreed syllabus for Religious Education provided for our local area - Cheshire West and Chester. RE is either taught as a weekly lesson in our class or blocked into a unit of work across a day.

At J.H Godwin we aim that Religious Education will:

  •  Adopt an enquiry-based approach as recommended by Ofsted beginning with the children’s own life experience before moving into learning about or from religion.

  • Incite challenging questions about the meaning and purpose of life, beliefs, the self and issues of right and wrong, commitment and belonging.



  • Develop the children’s understanding of world religions and traditions that examine these big questions; fostering personal reflection and spiritual development.




  • Encourage our children to explore their own beliefs (religious or non-religious), in the light of what they learn, as they examine issues of religious beliefs and faith and how these impact on personal and social ethics and to express their responses.

  • Enable our children to build their own sense of identity and belonging, which helps them to flourish within their community.

  • Teach our children to develop respect for others, including people with different faiths and beliefs, and help to challenge prejudice.

  • Enable our children to consider their responsibilities to themselves and others, and to explore how they might contribute to their community and wider society.



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  • Encourage empathy, generosity and compassion.

  • Develop a sense of awe and wonder.




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J H Godwin Primary School

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Headteacher: Mrs L Cartledge

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