Religious Education

What does RE look like at Wickham Market?

Religious education provokes challenging questions about the ultimate meaning and purpose of life, issues of right and wrong and what it means to be human. We aim for Religious Education at Wickham Market Primary to be an exciting, relevant activity for our children. We regard it as an area of the curriculum where values and school ethos ‘come alive’ in the classroom. We aim to help children develop respect and sensitivity for all people and to understand more of the importance of religion in today’s word.

Programmes of study – linked to the Suffolk RE Syllabus


During the Foundation Stage children begin to explore the world of religion in terms of special people, books, times, places and objects and visiting places of worship. Children listen to and talk about stories. They are introduced to specialist words and use their senses in exploring religious beliefs, practices and forms of expression. They reflect upon their own feelings and experiences. They use their imagination and curiosity to develop their appreciation and wonder of the world in which they live.


During Key Stage 1 the units focus largely on Christianity with the introduction of other religions towards the end of the Key Stage. The children learn about different beliefs about God and the world around them. They encounter and respond to a range of stories, artefacts and other religious materials. They learn to recognise that beliefs are expressed in a variety of ways, and begin to use specialist vocabulary. They begin to understand the importance and value of religion for believers, especially other children. Pupils ask relevant questions and develop a sense of wonder about the world. They talk about what is important to themselves and others, valuing themselves, reflecting on their own feelings and experiences and developing a sense of belonging.


During Key Stage 2 pupils learn about Christianity, Hinduism, Buddhism, Sikhism and Islam recognising the impact of religion both locally and globally. They make connections between differing aspects of religion and consider the different forms of religious expression. They consider the beliefs, teachings, practices and ways of life central to religion, learn about sacred texts and other sources and consider their meanings and interpretation. They begin to recognise diversity in religion, learning about similarities and differences both within and between religions and the importance of dialogue between religions. They extend the range and use of specialist vocabulary. They recognise the challenges involved in distinguishing between right and wrong, and in valuing what is good and true. They communicate their ideas clearly, recognising other people’s viewpoints. They evaluate their own beliefs and values and those of others.