Intent (based on the National Curriculum)
Religious education contributes dynamically to children and young people’s education in schools by
provoking challenging questions about meaning and purpose in life, beliefs about God, ultimate reality,
issues of right and wrong and what it means to be human. In RE they learn about and from religions and
world views in local, national and global contexts, to discover, explore and consider different answers to
these questions. They learn to weigh up the value of wisdom from different sources, to develop and express
their insights in response, and to agree or disagree respectfully.
Our curriculum aims equip students with systematic knowledge and understanding of a range of religions
and worldviews, enabling them to develop their ideas, values and identities. It will develop in students
an aptitude for dialogue so that they can participate positively in our society with its diverse religions
and worldviews. Students should gain and deploy the skills needed to understand, interpret and evaluate
texts, sources of wisdom and authority and other evidence. They will learn to articulate clearly and
coherently their personal beliefs, ideas, values and experiences while respecting the right of others to
To know about and understand a range of religions and worldviews, so that students can:
- describe, explain and analyse beliefs and practices, recognising the diversity which exists within and
between communities and amongst individuals.
- identify, investigate and respond to questions posed, and responses offered by some of the sources of
wisdom8 found in religions and worldviews.
- appreciate and appraise the nature, significance and impact of different ways of life and ways of
To express ideas and insights about the nature, significance and impact of religions and worldviews, so
that students can:
- explain reasonably their ideas about how beliefs, practices and forms of expression influence
individuals and communities.
- express with increasing discernment their personal reflections and critical responses to questions and
teachings about identity, diversity, meaning and value, including ethical issues.
- appreciate and appraise varied dimensions of religion or a world view.
To gain and deploy the skills needed to engage seriously with religions and worldviews, so that students
- find out about and investigate key concepts and questions of belonging, meaning, purpose and truth,
- enquire into what enables different individuals and communities to live together respectfully for the
wellbeing of all.
- articulate beliefs, values and commitments clearly in order to explain why they may be important in
their own and other people’s lives.
Links to Key Stage 2
BKS follows the Essex Agreed Syllabus found here.
Relationship to the wider Key Stage 3 Curriculum
There are clear links in the curriculum to History, English, Art and elements of PSHCE
Links to KS4
All units with a philosophical or ethical element are beneficial for the KS4 Course. Specifically, the
units on Christianity and Islam help prepare the groundwork for the AQA short course