Religious Education

At Woodstock Primary Academy, it is our intent to provide a high-quality religious education that aims to create a culture that is centred around mutual respect, teamwork and acceptance. Through their work in religious education, children will develop their understanding of different religions, feel confident to share their unique cultures and ask questions about the world around them. At Woodstock Primary Academy we understand that religious education contributes dynamically to the education of children and young people in schools by provoking challenging questions about the meaning and purpose in life, beliefs about God, ultimate reality, issues of right and wrong and what it means to be human. We aim to promote the spiritual, moral, social, cultural, mental, and physical development of pupils at the school and of society. 

Religious education teaching at Woodstock reflects on the diversity of our children and should equip pupils with systematic knowledge and understanding of a range of religions and worldviews, enabling them to develop their ideas, values and identities. In religious education pupils learn about religions and worldviews in local, national and global contexts, to discover, explore and consider different answers to these questions. They learn to weigh up the value of wisdom from different sources, to develop and express their insights in response, and to agree or disagree respectfully. We do this by teaching 3 well sequenced blocks of religious education, which allow each children to gain an in depth understanding of the six main religions during their time at Woodstock Primary academy.

We measure the impact of our curriculum by not just looking at the work children produce, but by talking with them at regular intervals across the year (pupil voice). We assess children’s understanding before and after each unit and celebrate successes in their curriculum work through Seesaw and the school website. We value giving children the opportunity to experience different cultures and religions. Each year group will have one visit to a place of worship linked to one of the six main religions they are learning about. They will also have one visitor who will share traditions and give an insight into their religion. Our aim is to engage pupils in systematic enquiry into challenging questions raised by religion and worldviews, so that they can develop the understanding and skills needed to appreciate and appraise varied responses to these questions, as well as develop responses of their own.

Below is an overview of RE covered at Woodstock Primary Academy:

Woodstock RE long-term plan & progression

R.E Places of Worship Visits & School Visitors


Our year 3 children visited the Guru Nanak Gurdwara in Leicester to learn about the Sikh faith, place of worship and traditions.

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Some fantastic learning from our year 4 students who demonstrated their understanding of the Gods and celebrations within the Hindu faith. 

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Year 1 visited St Luke's Church. The children found out about the history of the church building and the key symbols of the Christian faith. We listened to why Harvest and sharing is important and found out where the donations, that we have been bringing into school, are going.

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