Religious Education

Religious Education (RE)

RE at South Petherwin School

Through RE, pupils at South Petherwin School are 'Learning today to change tomorrow' through  commitment of the whole school community to:

  • develop every child, equipping them to contribute positively to the future and striving to be the best they can be.

  • provide opportunities for all learners to fulfil their potential within a safe, secure and inspirational environment.

  • raise achievement through memorable wow moments, as a result of quality teaching and learning.

  • make kindness, tolerance, understanding, compassion and action for others a priority; taking responsibility to make the world a better place.

You can find more details of our whole school curriculum intent here: Whole School Curriculum Intent


Curriculum Intent

The principal aim of religious education is to explore what people believe and what difference this makes to how they live, so that pupils can gain the knowledge, understanding and skills needed to handle questions raised by religion and belief, reflecting on their own ideas and ways of living.

(Cornwall Agreed Syllabus, 2020-2025, page 7)


We follow the Cornwall Agreed Syllabus of 2020-2025 which focuses on our local area, whilst not ignoring the national and the global aspects of religious education. The content of the RE agreed syllabus requires that all pupils develop their understanding of Christianity in each key stage. In addition, across the age range, pupils will develop understanding of the principal religions represented in the UK, in line with the law. These are Islam, Hinduism and Judaism. Furthermore, children from families where non-religious worldviews are held are represented in almost all of our classrooms. These worldviews, including for example Humanism, will also be the focus for study in thematic units.



The curriculum for RE has three aims:

  1.     Make sense of a range of religious and non-religious beliefs.

  2.     Understand the impact and significance of religious and non-religious beliefs.

  3.     Make connections between religious and non-religious beliefs, concepts, practices and ideas studied.