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RE at Windmill Primary School

‘We all belong here.’
RE is an important part of learning at Windmill. It helps our diverse range of   pupils to feel that they  belong here and to prepare them for life in a diverse world.  It helps pupils with:

  • their intellectual development, critical thinking, literacy, creativity and personal development;

  • their ability to reflect on their own and others’ experience and so develop their self-understanding and understanding of others;

  • handling and responding to the big questions and concepts that arise from experience;

  • their authentic knowledge and understanding of different religions, traditions, beliefs and lifestyles within the local community and around the world;

  • their personal search for meaning, purpose and value.


There are two attainment targets for RE:

AT1: Learning about religion

AT2: Learning from religion

Windmill Primary use ‘The Hertfordshire Scheme of Work for Primary Religious Education’ as a guide/starting point for our RE teaching. Using this ensures coverage of the Oxfordshire Agreed Syllabus. A variety of approaches are used to teach RE at Windmill, including P4C.


In order to meet the Early Learning Goals and the requirements of the Oxfordshire Agreed Syllabus, Reception classes include specific planned activities (for example on festivals, special places) as well as unplanned opportunities for developing children’s knowledge and understanding of religious beliefs through circle time, pupil initiated learning and daily routines.


Through the Key Stage,the pupils are taught from the following areas of study:

  • Christianity;

  • at least one other principal religion from Hinduism, Islam and Judaism;

  • a religious community with a significant local presence, where appropriate;

  • nonā€religious views.


Through the Key Stage the pupils are taught from the following areas of study:

  • Christianity; 

  • at least two other principal religions from Hinduism, Islam and Judaism; 

  • a religious community with a significant local presence, where appropriate; 

  • a secular world view, where appropriate. 

RE contributes to our PSHE including our values curriculum. Cross curricular links are a strength at Windmill Primary.


At Windmill Primary, RE offers pupils:

  • the chance to raise and reflect on perennial questions about life;

  • insights into the development of different human cultures.

In doing this, RE draws on the rich history of the major religious traditions in Britain, giving due prominence to Christianity to reflect the fact that the religious traditions in Great Britain are in the main Christian, whilst taking account of the principal world faiths, local communities and non-religious beliefs that may form the family background of many children in our school.

Rights of Withdrawal

Religious Education must be provided for all registered pupils in full time education. However, parents have the right to withdraw their child from all or part of the RE Curriculum. Any concerns should be discussed with Mrs Knapp.