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
  • Humanism

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.

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.

Our RE policy is available to view as well as how we approach sensitive issues in RE.

Sensitive Issues in R.E.

RE policy 

Mrs. D. Smith, R.E. Co-ordinator


A Curriculum Subject Overview is available for each year:

R.E. Overview Y8

R.E. Overview Y7

R.E. Overview Y6

R.E. Overview Y5

Long Term Plan

Our long term plan gives a strategic view of the curriculum-based approach to learning:

R.E. Long Term Map

Useful websites

Useful R.E. Websites