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Goffs Oak Primary and Nursery School

Believe, Achieve, Care

Religious Education

Mission Statement

Alone, we can do so little, together we can do so much. – Helen Keller



The word religion comes from the Latin word religare, which means, “to bind together.” There are many religions throughout the world, all of which provide a sense of belonging and understanding of each other and the world around us.  


Curriculum Aims

The Hertfordshire Agreed Syllabus for Religious Education aims to:

  • ensure that all pupils develop knowledge and understanding of sources of wisdom

and their impact whilst exploring personal and critical responses. This replaces the previous attainment targets ‘learning about religion’ and ‘learning from religion’

  • encourage schools to spend a proportion of their time allocation for Religious Education reflecting on the religious make-up of their own cohort
  • offer eight key areas of religion for study
  • offer schools the flexibility to devise their own key questions and design their own units and choose when to teach them
  • remove levels of assessment in line with the rest of the curriculum
  • offer a flexible model of assessment through expected learning outcomes
  • enable teachers to recognise what it means to be ‘religiously and theologically literate’ at each key stage



RE is taught across the school using the Hertfordshire Agreed Syllabus of Religious Education to support the teaching of this subject. Learning involves the reflection of religious traditions through Great Britain and teaches children the importance of respect and diversity within our local and wider community.

Teaching encourages pupils to express and listen to each other as well as engage with the values of religion. We equip the children with the necessary knowledge and understanding of themselves and each other so that they may become tolerant and open-minded. Throughout the school, we celebrate worldwide religious festivals and beliefs such as Diwali, Christmas, Easter and Chinese New Year. The children participate in a range of various activities such as looking at tradition dress, artefacts, food and stories to broaden their religious and cultural understanding.