Religious Education
Religious education enables children to investigate and reflect on some of the most fundamental and awe-inspiring questions asked by people since the beginning of time.
At Padstow School, we develop the children’s knowledge and understanding of the major faiths and address fundamental questions which are discussed and reflected upon. Children develop their own spiritual knowledge and understanding in a supportive and open environment.
We are not a faith school, but we value our children's moral and spiritual development. Above all, we aim to develop our children as respectful, tolerant and questioning citizens of the world.
How do we teach RE?
Our curriculum is centred around the Cornwall Agreed Syllabus 2020. We develop children’s knowledge and understanding of some of the major world faiths by exploring the beliefs, values and traditions. R.E. is delivered in discrete lessons as well as being linked with other subjects as appropriate. We enhance our children’s understanding of our multicultural society and encourage respect and sensitivity towards other people and their beliefs.  We use the RE today planning scheme to ensure progression from EYFS to Year 6. As much as possible, we use a hands-on approach to inspire our learners.
We are lucky to have visits from a variety of visitors, in particular the local vicar. We hope to reinstate these after the pandemic restrictions are eased.
RE is for all pupils
• Every pupil has a legal entitlement to RE.
• RE is a necessary part of a ‘broad and balanced curriculum’ and must be provided for all registered pupils in state-funded schools in England.
Parental right of withdrawal from RE
In the UK, parents have the right to withdraw their children from RE on the grounds that they wish to provide their own RE. This provision will be the parents’ responsibility. This right of withdrawal exists for all pupils in all types of school, including schools with and without a religious designation. Parents also have the right to withdraw their child from part of RE and can do so without giving any explanation.
Any requests to withdraw a child from RE must be put in writing to the Head of School but we do encourage you to have a conversation with us about your concerns first.
What difference does learning in RE make?
Children will:
• know about different religious traditions and non-religious world-views;
• understand the main beliefs and practices of these traditions;
• understand how religious identity influences people's lives;
• be able to express views about the nature, value and significance of religion for people and the planet;
• have opportunities to consider challenging questions of meaning, purpose, truth, values and commitments. and the answers offered by religions and non-religious world views;
• develop skills of enquiry, analysis and evaluation and be able to articulate their own considered ideas in relation to these challenging questions.
RE is locally determined, not nationally
• A locally agreed syllabus is a statutory syllabus for RE, recommended by a local standing advisory committee for RE (SACRE) for adoption by a local authority.
• As part of this local commitment to R.E at Padstow School we teach 3 units of work with a Cornish theme from the Curriculum Kernewyk. These can be seen in our RE Curriculum Overview as CK4RE.


To build a curriculum where the children of Padstow School can explore what people believe and what difference this makes to how they live.  To acquire the knowledge, understanding and skills needed to handle questions raised by religion and belief. To be able to reflect on their own ideas and ways of living, expressing themselves with confidence.






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Spring 1

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 Summer 1

 Summer 2


Being special: where do we belong?

Why is Christmas special for Christians?

Why is the word “God” so important to Christians?

Why is Easter special to Christians?

What places are special and why?

What times / stories are special and why?

Year 1

What does it mean to belong to a faith community?

What do Christians believe God is like?

Who is Jewish and how do they live?

Who is Jewish and how do they live?

Who do Christians say made the world?

How should we care for one world and for others, and why does it matter?

Year 2

What is the “good news” Christians believe Jesus brings?

Why does Christmas matter to Christians?


What makes some people and places in Cornwall sacred?

Why does Easter matter to Christians?

Who is a Muslim and how do they live?

Part 1

Who is a Muslim and how do they live?

Part 2

Year 3

What do Christians learn from the Creation Story?

What is it like for someone to follow God?

How do festivals and worship show what matters to a Muslim?

How do festivals and family life show what matters to Jewish people?

What kind of world did Jesus want?

How and why do people try to make the world a better place?

Year 4

What is the Trinity and why is it important for Christians?

What do Hindus believe God is like?


How and why do people in Cornwall mark significant events in community life?

Why do Christians call the day Jesus died “Good Friday”?

For Christians, when Jesus left, what was the impact of Pentecost?

What does it mean to be Hindu in Britain today?

Year 5

What does it mean if Christians believe God is holy and loving?

What does it mean to be a Muslim in Britain today?

Why do Christians believe Jesus was the Messiah?

Why is the Torah so important to Jewish people?

Christians and how to live: “What would Jesus do?”

What matters most to Humanists and Christians?

Year 6

Creation and science: conflicting or complimentary?

Why do some people believe in God and some people not?


Does faith help people in Cornwall when life gets hard?

What do Christians believe Jesus did to “save” people?

For Christians, what kind of king is Jesus?

Why do Hindus want to be good?



How and why do people in Cornwall mark significant events in community life?


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