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Religious Education



The principal aim of religious education is to explore what people believe and what difference that makes to how they live, so that pupils can gain the knowledge, understanding and skills needed to handle questions raised by religion and belief, reflecting on their own ideas and ways of living.' Sandwell Agreed syllabus 2018-2023.


Here at HJS, we encourage the children to have a greater awareness of religions in the community and to understand how religion impacts peoples’ lives. We provide opportunities for children to respectfully question their peers in a safe environment and create an awareness of how other people celebrate in their culture. We aim for children to have a greater appreciation of world views and religions.


At HJS, we want the children to develop a wider understanding of religions and non-religious views within their own communities and on a world-wide basis. We want the children to have real-life experiences and encourage them to identify the diversity in how people put their own beliefs into action. At HJS, we plan for,  and celebrate different religious festivals and look at the similarities and differences between our own cultures and that of others.


What is happening in R.E?


At HJS we have RE days, where we focus on one celebration.

We have visitors into school, who participate in Q and A sessions (please let us know if you like to be involved in this).

Through class discussions, we encourage children to compare their own views and beliefs and to enquire thoughtfully and respectfully about other religions. This also includes the use of drama using scenarios and interpreting texts from a variety of religions.

Reading, maths, art and writing opportunities are also incorporated into the lessons.


Religious Education lessons are taught in developmental units of work across the key stage, following the themes/titles set out in the Sandwell agreed syllabus. (SACRE)