R.E. - Religious Education


Religious education (RE) in primary schools is not part of the National Curriculum, but it is compulsory for all primary schools to teach KS1 religious education and KS2 religious education. At Penketh South, we have chosen to follow a 'locally agreed' RE syllabus called ‘Searching for Meaning’ that aims to support pupils’ personal search for meaning by engaging their enquiry into the question ‘What is it to be human?’. It aims to provide children with the foundation on which to make their life choices, build relationships and create positive life lifestyles. 

At Penketh South we strive to engage pupils in enquiring into and exploring questions arising from the study of religion and belief, so as to promote their personal, spiritual, moral, social and cultural development. Our teachers use the syllabus to plan lessons that provide learners with knowledge and understanding of Christianity and other principal religious traditions and beliefs represented in Great Britain. We aim to support children in the development of their understanding of the ways in which beliefs influence people in their behaviour, practices and outlook. This enables our pupils to become aware of their own beliefs and encourages them to develop a positive attitude towards other people who hold religious beliefs different from their own.


Religious Education is generally taught on a weekly basis, but is sometimes delivered through a class topic or as a specific focus during certain weeks of each term. Lessons are planned and delivered in a variety of ways ensuring that all children can access and participate in lessons. Interactive, practical activities encourage the children to discuss their ideas and extend their understanding of difficult concepts and challenging questions.


In order to be confident in the impact of RE across the school, the RE leader will monitor the subject through; discussion with pupils, the evidence of lesson activities, displays and through ongoing discussion with colleagues. Pupil voice taken place this school year has found that our children look forward to RE lessons and talk with enthusiasm about what they have learned. Click on the link below to see what we teach in Religious Education: what the children need to know and understand and the skills and attitudes they will develop as they are learning in R.E.:-

Also, have a look at the class pages for more detail.

Religious Education progression document

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Penketh South CP School
Finlay Ave, Penketh, Warrington WA5 2PN
Headteacher | Miss Lorraine Browne [email protected]
Chair of Governors | Carolyn Williams [email protected]
SENCO | Mrs Roper [email protected]