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Religion and Worldviews at Bushmead Primary School


Our school curriculum for Religion and Worldviews meets the requirements of the 1988 Education Reform Act (ERA). The ERA stipulates that Religion and Worldviews is compulsory for all children, including those in the reception class who are less than five years old. The ERA allows parents to withdraw their child from Religion and Worldviews classes if they so wish, although this should only be done once the parents have given written notice to the school governors. The ERA also allows teachers to refuse to teach Religion and Worldviews, but only after they have given due notice of their intention to the school governors. The Religion and Worldviews curriculum forms an important part of our school’s spiritual, moral and social teaching. It also promotes education for citizenship. Our school RVW curriculum is based on the Cambridgeshire County Council Agreed Syllabus SACRE Agreed Syllabus and it meets all the requirements set out in that document. The ERA states that the Religion and Worldviews syllabus should reflect the fact that the religious traditions in Great Britain are in the main Christian, and that it should, at the same time, take account of the teachings and practices of other major religions.


Intent statement


Religion and Worldviews Education enables pupils to investigate and reflect on some of the most fundamental questions asked by people. At Bushmead Primary School we develop the pupils’ knowledge and understanding of the major world faiths, and we address the fundamental questions in life. We enable pupils to develop a sound knowledge of world religions, especially those that are the main faiths of pupils within our school. Pupils reflect on what it means to have a faith and to develop their own spiritual knowledge and understanding. We help the pupils learn from religions as well as about religions.  Throughout our RE curriculum pupils will be encouraged to explore religions, engage with their knowledge, and reflect on their learning and their lives.


What children will be taught


As children move through our school they will be taught a progressive curriculum that builds on the knowledge from previous years. Children will learn about the following areas in each year group.


Early Years


There are 7 areas of learning in the Early Years Foundation Stage, R.E. is a subject that is learnt and developed throughout these 7 areas.  Taught across the year and explored through continuous provision: Children explore their own likes, dislikes and beliefs. They recognise a variety of celebrations - Birthdays, Christmas, Diwali. They join in with rhymes, action songs and stories and begin to build a repertoire of songs and dances- singing songs to themselves and making up simple songs of their own. They explore their local community through local visits and visitors.



School Policy


The Religion and Worldviews policy can be found below and in the policies section of the school website.

Planning and Progression


We plan our Religion and Worldviews curriculum in accordance with the Cambridgeshire County Council’s Agreed Syllabus (2023-2028). We ensure that the topics studied in Religion and Worldviews build upon prior learning. We offer opportunities for pupils of all abilities to develop their skills and knowledge in each unit, and we ensure that the planned progression built into the scheme of work offers the pupils an increasing challenge as they move through the school.


We carry out the curriculum planning in Religion and Worldviews in two phases (long-term, and medium-term). The long-term plan maps the Religion and Worldviews topics studied in each term during each key stage. Our medium-term plans give details of each unit of work for each term. The RWV subject leader keeps and reviews these plans on a regular basis.  The class teacher writes the plans for each lesson and lists the specific learning objectives for that lesson. S/he keeps these individual plans and often discusses them on an informal basis with the RWV subject leader.