Religious Education

We are very proud of our distinctive Christian ethos and our relationship with St Bartholomew’s Church. We encourage spirituality and develop caring, loving children who have a growing understanding of Christian values. 

We follow the Guildford Diocesan Framework for Religious Education and teach discreet RE lessons once every week. Pupils learn about the Old and New Testaments, the teachings of Jesus and what it means to be a Christian. Children also explore the main beliefs and traditions of Hinduism, Islam, Judaism, Sikhism and Buddhism.

Religious Education at St Bartholomew’s CofE (Aided) Primary School

At St Bartholomew’s it is our intent, through the teaching of Religious Education (RE)  to engage, inspire, challenge and encourage pupils to develop morally and spiritually as well as academically; enabling them as individuals to flourish in a diverse, ever changing world.

The subject aims to equip our children with the attitudes and values necessary for living in a multi-faith and multi-racial society by developing an understanding of and respect for people of different beliefs, practices, races and cultures, including those who have no faith.  As a Church of England school we focus in depth on the Christian faith, using the teachings of Jesus to compare key values and teachings with other principal religions.  The school follows the Guildford Diocesan guidelines for religious study.  Religions studied include Christianity, Islam, Hinduism, Buddhism and Judaism.

Long Term Plan for Religious Education.

We believe the teaching of RE makes a distinctive contribution to the school curriculum as it allows pupils to explore, understand and express their own response to spiritual and religious approaches to life. It raises the questions about meaning and purpose in life from beginning to end and provides time for children to question and individually reflect upon their own spiritual journey;  providing them with the knowledge and skills to answer challenging questions.  Religious Education does not seek to urge religious beliefs on children or to compromise the integrity of their own beliefs by promoting one religion over another.

As a school, we explore how the values and teachings of the world religions affect our society today.  As the children progress through our school, RE identifies the realities of injustice and suffering in the world today and it provides children with a vision for how the core values of religions can have an impact on the way we chose to live our lives. It challenges pupils to reflect on, consider, analyse, interpret and evaluate issues of truth, belief, faith and ethics and to communicate their responses. 


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Spring Term

Summer Term


There are 9 units that are compulsory for all Foundation Stage pupils. These are short units that build on the implicit RE experiences outlined in the ‘Core Concepts’ section of the Diocesan Guidelines


  • What is God Like?
  • Who is Jesus?
  • Why do people give presents at Christmas?
  • What is the Bible about?
  • Why do Jewish families celebrate Hanukkah?
  • Is Easter happy or sad?
  • Why do Jewish families celebrate Shabbat? 
  • What is the Torah?
  • Why do Christians pray?
  • What is a Church?


  • Why is the Bible an important book?
  • What is a Christian?
  • Why did the angels announce the birth of Jesus?
  • Why did Jesus tell parables?
  • Is the world a fair place?
  • What is Easter really about?
  • What is important for Muslim families?
  • Why do Christians worship God? 
  • Why do Christians go to church?


  • What do Christians believe God is like?
  • How does the Bible reveal God’s plan?
  • What might Jesus think about Christmas?
  • How did Jesus change lives?
  • What are important times for Jews?
  • What happened during Holy Week?
  • Why do Christians share communion?
  • How did the church begin?
  • Is Christian worship the same all around the world?


  • Why do Christians worship Jesus?
  • Why do Christians still pray the Lord’s Prayer?
  • How can artists help us to understand Christmas?
  • What is wisdom?
  • What does it mean to be a Hindu?
  • How does Lent help Christians prepare for Easter?
  • How does a synagogue help us to understand the Jewish faith?
  • How have Christians changed the world?


  • What are the pillars of Islam?
  • How can a mosque help us to understand the Muslim faith?
  • Why is light an important sign at Christmas?
  • How did Jesus’ teaching challenge people?
  • What Do Christians believe about heaven?
  • How do we know what happened at Easter?
  • What is a ‘creed’?
  • How can churches help us to understand Christian belief? WWJD? How do the beliefs of Christians influence their actions?


  • What helps Hindus to worship?
  • 'How is God three and one?
  • What do the Gospels say about the birth of Jesus?
  • Who did Jesus say ‘I AM’?
  • What does the Bible say about friendships and relationships?  
  • Adam, Eve, Christmas & Easter: what are the connections?
  • What is the ‘Buddhist way of life’?
  • What does the Bible say about moving on?
  • How is God three and one



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