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Religious Education

In RE we use the Suffolk Agreed Syllabus.

The Agreed Syllabus for Religious Education in Suffolk contains the requirements for religious education as laid down in the relevant Education acts. It highlights some of the features which make religious education important, and demonstrates how it can support the values and aims of the school curriculum. The Syllabus also demonstrates clearly how religious education contributes to learning across the curriculum and to the general teaching requirements of the national curriculum It constitutes the statutory curriculum for religious education in maintained schools in Suffolk with effect from 1 January 2013.

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The lead staff member for RE is Mrs Flack who is supported by Dr Hawkes.

The Importance of Religious Education

Religious education should:

• provoke challenging questions about the ultimate meaning and purpose of life, beliefs about God, the self and the nature of reality, issues of right and wrong, and what it means to be human

• develop pupils’ knowledge and understanding of Christianity, other principal religions and world-views, which offer answers to such questions

• develop pupils’ awareness and understanding of religious beliefs, teachings, practices, forms of expression and the influence of religion on individuals, families, communities and cultures

• encourage pupils to learn from the diversity of different religions, beliefs, values and traditions whilst affirming their own faith or search for meaning

• challenge pupils to reflect on, consider, analyse, interpret and evaluate issues of truth, belief, faith and ethics and to communicate their responses

• encourage pupils to develop their sense of identity and belonging and enable them to flourish individually within their communities, as citizens in a pluralistic society and global community

• play an important role in preparing pupils for adult life and employment, enabling them to develop respect and sensitivity to others, in particular those with different faiths and beliefs, and to combat prejudice and negative discrimination


In Year 5 the pupils have been using natural resources to show how the symbol of a cross is important to the Christian community.