Westover Primary School

Religious Education

RE Intent Statement


The R.E. curriculum at Westover is taught in accordance with the legal requirements of the Agreed Syllabus for Hampshire, ‘Living Difference III’. Year R discover concepts which are within their own experience such as celebration, specialness and community. Each year, Key stage 1 present the Christmas Nativity to our parents and lead the Harvest festival and Easter celebration. In Key stage 2, the units studied focus more on concepts that are common to many religions such as God, worship and symbolism. The concepts are always seen as ‘big ideas’ which lead pupils to embark on journeys of enquiry. Due to the nature of an enquiry, each unit may be delivered in blocks of time or a weekly lesson. This allows for the development of deep thinking about issues surrounding a concept including debates, a chance to explore through art, drama and music, and use ICT to research and present evidence.


By fostering a respectful, responsible and caring attitude towards each other and the wider community, our pupils are prepared for the responsibilities, opportunities and experiences they will encounter in our ever-changing world.

We aim to:

  • Engage pupils in systematic enquiry that encourages pupils to interpret, evaluate and respond to questions and a variety of concepts, beliefs and practices within religions to their own and others’ cultural and life experiences.
  • Recognise the diversity which exists within and between communities and amongst individuals.
  • Enable children to express with increasing discernment their personal reflections and critical responses to questions and teachings about identity, diversity, meaning and value including ethical issues.
  • Make explicit links between RE and assemblies.
  • Where appropriate, we make links to our school values of respect, resilience, curiosity, creativity, kindness and teamwork.
  • Empower children to feel comfortable to express their opinions and listen to the views of others’.

In addition, teaching this subject at Westover will allow children to gain and deploy the skills needed to engage seriously with religions and worldviews, so that they can articulate beliefs, find out about and investigate key concepts and questions of belonging, meaning, purpose and truth by responding creatively.

Westover RE Skills Progression

Westover Long Term Plan

Living Difference III Curriculum