Religious Education at Northway aims to develop our pupils as well-rounded citizens who understand religion, appreciate similarities and differences within and across religions, embrace diversity, respect individuals and are able to express their own thoughts and beliefs whilst showing respect and tolerance of the thoughts and beliefs of others.

At Northway, the Religious Education curriculum is adapted from the Agreed Sefton SACRE RE syllabus 2021-2026 in conjunction with "RE Today". It allows pupils to gain understanding of the range of religious and non-religious world views studied, over a period of time so that pupils can find out what matters most to people in a wide range of traditions represented in our local area and beyond. 

Lessons are structured through a series of 'Enquiry Key Questions' for each unit allowing children to explore ideas. In accordance to the Sefton agreed syllabus, Northway Primary's RE curriculum requires that all pupils study Christianity in each key stage. In addition, pupils will study the principal religions represented in the UK. These are Islam, Hindu dharma and Judaism. Non-religious worldviews, such as Humanism, are also built into the curriculum.

The Curriculum’s units are divided into three areas for each Key Stage- Believing, Expressing and Living. To meet the needs of our mixed age classes children focus on the key world religions in cycle 1 and in Cycle 2 cover an in-depth study of Christianity. Retrieval is built into the curriculum with the repetition of key knowledge religious stories.  Our structure ensures that children will develop a depth of understanding as they progress through the units.


(age 4-5s )

Children will encounter Christians and people of other faiths, as part of their growing sense of self, their own community and their place within it. They discover religion in terms of special people, books, times, places and objects. Pupils listen to and talk about stories. They are introduced to religious words, and begin to explore religions and beliefs, practices and forms of expression. They are encouraged to reflect on their own feelings and experiences.


 Key Stage 1

(age 5-7s)

Pupils explore the beliefs and traditions of Christians, Muslims and Jewish people.  Pupils 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 they begin to use specialist vocabulary. They begin to understand the importance and value of religion and belief, for themselves and other children and their families.


 Key Stage 2

(age 7-11s)

Pupils continue to learn about Christians, Muslims, Hindus and Jewish people; recognising the impact of religion and belief locally, nationally and globally. RE is heavily focussed on making connections between differing aspects of religion and considering the different forms of religious expression. They consider the beliefs, teachings, practices and ways of life central to religion. They learn about sacred texts and other sources and consider their meanings. They begin to recognise diversity in religion, learning about similarities and differences both within and between religions and beliefs and the importance of dialogue between them. Pupils are encouraged to extend the range and use of specialist vocabulary.




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Northway Community Primary School
Dodds Lane,
Merseyside L31 9AA
Main Contact: Mrs C Booth
SEN Contact: Mrs L Sumner