Religious Education

Using  the agreed syllabus for Religious Education, Kent 2017 - 2022 we aim to:

  • Provoke challenging questions about the purpose of life, beliefs, the self, issues of right and wrong, and what it means to be human. It develops pupils' knowledge and understanding of Christianity, other principle religions, and religious traditions that examine these questions, fostering personal reflection and spiritual development.
  • Encourage pupils to explore their own beliefs, (whether they are religious or non religious), in the light of what they learn, as they examine issues of religious belief and faith and how these impact on personal, institutional and social ethics, and to express their responses. This also builds resilience to anti-democratic or extremist narratives.
  • Enable pupils to build their sense of identity and belonging, which helps them flourish within their communities and as citizens in a diverse society.
  • Teach pupils to develop respect for others, including people with different faiths and beliefs, and to help challenge prejudice.
  • Prompt pupils to consider their responsibilities to themselves and to others, and to explore how they might contribute to the communities and to wider society. It encourages empathy, generosity and compassion.
  • Develop a sense of awe and wonder in the world in which our children live.


Religious education increases knowledge and understanding and explores ways that religions inspire people to acts of compassion and service towards others.  

The distinctive contribution of religious education to the school curriculum allows children and young  people to build their own identity, and understand their culture and the cultures of others. This helps children relate to others, and supports them in building the moral framework that is so important in guiding  them as they grow into active and responsible members of the community.  This links to our Geography and PSHE curriculum.


Planning, Progression and Knowledge Organisers

At Smarden, we use the Kent Agreed Syllabus for Religious Education  2017 -2022. 

This revised syllabus provides many learning opportunities to develop a wide range of transferable skills  and knowledge that will benefit our learners across the curriculum.  The syllabus is based around a key question approach, where the questions open up the content to be  studied.


Long Term Plan for RE

RE Knowledge Progression at Smarden


Knowledge Organisers

RE Knowledge Organiser - Donaldson Year 1 - Who is a Christian and what do they believe?

RE Knowledge Organiser - Donaldson Year 1 - What makes some places sacred? 

RE Knowledge Organiser - Austen Year 2 - Who is Jewish and what do they believe?

RE Knowledge Organiser - Austen Year 2 - How and why do we celebrate sacred and special times? 

RE Knowledge Organiser - Sassoon Years 3 and 4 - What do different people believe about God?

RE Knowledge Organiser - Sassoon Years 3 and 4 - Why do some people think life is a journey and what significant experiences mark this?

RE Knowledge Organiser - Dickens Year 5 - Why do some people believe God exists?

RE Knowledge Organiser - Dickens Year 5 - If God is everywhere, why go to a place of worship?

RE Knowledge Organiser - Rowling Year 6 - What do religions say to us when life gets hard?

RE Knowledge Organiser - Rowling Year 6 - What would Jesus do? Can we live by the values of Jesus in the 21st century?