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  • We follow the Herts SACRE Agreed Syllabus 2017-2022.
  • The curriculum is divided into eight statutory key areas, which should be covered across LKS2 (lower key stage) and then again across UKS2 (upper key stage) rather than within one year.
  • We supplement our teaching of Christianity using the Understanding Christianity units designed to help convey a progressive understanding of Christian belief and practice.
  • The Programme of Study planning chart and big questions in all eight areas allow us to see what has been taught previously (and in what context) and to build upon this as well as fill any gaps in areas as/if needed.
  • All year groups study Christianity in line with the Herts SACRE Agreed Syllabus. In addition to this, year 3 study Islam, year 4 Sikhism and Hinduism, year 5 Judaism and year 6 Buddhism and other World views (e.g. Humanism, Atheism.) This allows for progression in belief systems and prevents repetition of content.




  • RE is taught weekly (or time equivalent approximately 13 hours per term.)
  • Re is usually taught discretely unless an obvious/genuine link with the curriculum exists.
  • Our emphasis is on an interactive and enquiry approach to RE. Therefore we use picture stimuli, Sources of Wisdom, artefacts, clips,visits or visitors in our learning. In this way,children should be engaged and move away from learning set facts or simply expressing personal feelings.
  • As a Unicef Rights Respecting school, clear links to the relevant articles should be made during RE lessons and included in the planning.

Why RE?

  • It informs our values ...
  • Provokes challenging questions about the ultimate meaning and purpose of life,
  • Presents issues of right and wrong and what it means to be human.
  • Develops pupils’ knowledge and understanding of the nature of religion and beliefs and practices including Christianity, other principal religions and world views.
  • Offers opportunities for personal reflection and spiritual development.
  • Challenges pupils to reflect on, consider, analyse, interpret and evaluate issues of truth, belief, faith and ethics and to communicate their responses.
  • Promotes mutual respect and tolerance in a diverse society.

Religious Education (RE) is a compulsory subject in the state education system in England. Schools are required to teach a programme of religious studies according to local and national guidelines. At Brookland Junior School, we follow The Hertfordshire Agreed Syllabus of Religious Education.

We adopt an enquiry based approach and teach Christianity every year alongside the following other World Faiths:

Yr3 Islam 

Yr4 Sikhism and  Hinduism    

Yr5 Judaism  

Yr 6 Buddhism and Humanist views.




To support our Christian learning,we use the Understanding Christianity resource which is organised around  eight core concepts based on the 'Big Story of the Bible:

God, Creation, Fall, People of God, Incarnation, Gospel, Salvation, Kingdom of God.'