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Sherford Vale School and Nursery

Sherford ValeSchool and Nursery

Sherford ValeSchool and Nursery

Religious Education


At Sherford Vale we believe that RE should provoke challenging questions about the meaning and purpose of life, beliefs about God, issues of right and wrong and what it means to be human.

KS1 and Y6

In line with the Devon Agreed Syllabus, our RE curriculum develops children’s knowledge and understanding of Christianity and other principal religions. The religions studied are Islam, Judaism and Hinduism. Consideration is also given to other non-religious perspectives such as Humanism.  Where a child in our school follows a different religion from those studied, opportunities will be created to explore, compare and contrast this alongside the taught religions.


In Y3,4,5, RE is taught through the "Opening Worlds" scheme.

In studying religions through multiple disciplines, pupils will:

• learn about and learn from the different kinds of question human beings can ask about religious origins, beliefs and practices, namely questions that derive from philosophy, theology, social sciences and history (for example, when studying a particular religion in a particular place, asking the following different kinds of question: how does this story from the Quran help Muslims to understand this precept from the hadith? What does this New Testament story mean to Christians? What are the big ideas that this Hindu story reflects (eg dharma)? How are these ideas expressed in other stories and in diverse religious practices across time and space? Or, how does this religious community perceive matters of justice? How has this religious tradition tackled the challenge of injustice to one another? How does this community’s beliefs shape its approach to injustice? What does this community teach about injustice and why? What insights about injustice can we gain from this religious communities’ texts, art, traditions and practices?

The ‘big questions’ in life are posed and pupils will consider the influence of religion on individuals, families, communities and cultures.

We aim to ensure that all pupils:

  • Make sense of a range of religious and non-religious beliefs
  • Understand the impact and significance of religious and non-religious beliefs on believers
  • Make connections between religious and non-religious beliefs, concepts, practices and ideas studied as well as making links with and developing their own personal view.