An Overview of R.E. at Ovingham Middle School

At Ovingham Middle School, each class has a dedicated one hour R.E lesson each week. The content of the R.E. programme draws on the Agreed Syllabus and the following religions are studied:

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

The Agreed Syllabus provides pupils with the opportunity to:

  • develop their knowledge and understanding of, and their ability to respond to, different religions and belief systems;
  • consider questions of meaning and purpose in life;
  • learn about religious and ethical teaching, thereby enabling them to make reasoned and informed judgements on religious, moral and ethical issues;
  • develop their sense of identity and belonging, thereby preparing them for life as citizens in an increasingly diverse society;
  • reflect on, analyse and evaluate their own beliefs, values and practices, as well as the beliefs, values and practices of others, and communicate their responses;
  • learn from, as well as learn about, diversity in religion and belief.

Ovingham Middle School R.E. Long Term Map

NCC, 2015

The units encompass God and Other Beliefs, Founders / Leaders and Worship and Communities.

There are no presumptions made as to the religious beliefs and backgrounds of pupils. We teach R.E. stressing open enquiry, helping pupils to understand and respect other people regardless of their religious, ethnic or social background. R.E contributes to pupils’ personal and social development. The principal aim of R.E. is to help children mature in relation to their own patterns of belief and behaviour through exploring religious beliefs and practices and related human experiences.

Learning activities include exploring artefacts and photographs, watching related DVD / video-clips and engaging with teacher prepared materials such as worksheets, stories, poetry and drama. Pupils gain knowledge of different religious beliefs and practices and the role these play in the day to day lives of individuals, families and communities.

Mrs. D. Smith

R.E. Co-ordinator and Year 5 Teacher

Useful RE Websites

This list gives useful RE related web links. Some websites offer virtual tours of religious buildings.

RE Quest


This site is a resource for teaching about Christianity in schools with resources for teachers and pages for children. The site also gives access to virtual tours of a range of Christian places of worship from different denominations.




A St Martin’s site which gives an overview of Major world religions at academic level. A good resource for information at adult level.




This website introduces characters who include children from a range of religious and cultural backgrounds and may be a useful resource for RE.


Virtual tours



This site mainly includes Christian places of worship, but does link to other places of worship too, including a mosque and a synagogue.


RE Online


Access to virtual tours from a range of faiths.


A Church Near You


A Church Near You is a national Church of England site containing information about parish churches and the services and events that take place there.


Judaism 101!


On-line encyclopedia of Judaism. Covers Jewish beliefs, people, places, language, scripture, holidays, practices and customs.


The Hindu Universe


Comprehensive site about Hinduism




Site with links to information about Hindu festivals

Sikhism Home Page


Site including an introduction to Sikhism, origins and development, philosophy and scriptures, resources and way of life.




IslamiCity – Understanding Islam and Muslims.


BBC website


The BBC religion site contains a wealth of information on different faiths and is a useful source for your own subject knowledge.