Religious education at Brightwell

"We value each other"


Curriculum Intent

At Brightwell cum Sotwell CofE Primary School our vision is to develop children's skills of enquiry, reasoned argument and reflection.

Religious education contributes dynamically to children and young people’s education in school 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. Our world is enriched by a wide and profound diversity of cultures and beliefs. We as human beings are strengthened and empowered by learning from each other. Engaging and stimulating religious education helps to nurture informed and resilient responses to misunderstanding, stereotyping and division. It offers a place of integrity and security within which difficult or ‘risky’ questions can be tackled within a safe but challenging context. 

In RE, pupils discover, explore and consider different answers to these questions, in local, national and global contexts, through learning about and from religions and other world views. They learn to appraise the value of wisdom from different sources, to develop and express their insights in response, and to agree or disagree respectfully.

Teaching should equip pupils with knowledge and understanding of a range of religions and other world views, enabling them to develop their ideas, values and identities. It should develop in pupils an aptitude for dialogue so that they can participate positively in society with its diverse understanding of life from religious and other world views.

Pupils should gain and deploy the skills needed to; understand, interpret and evaluate texts, sources of wisdom and authority and other evidence. They learn to articulate clearly and coherently their personal beliefs, ideas, values and experiences while respecting the right of others to differ. 

We meet the Church of England Statement for Entitlement for RE and follow the Diocese of Oxfordshire agreed syllabus RE Scheme of work from Year 1 to Year 6.  In Foundation Stage RE is taught through the Early Learning Goals.


Click Here for: The Oxford Diocese Agreed Syllabus

Please see our Curriculum Overviews on the class pages for further details of what the children are learning.