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Religious Education (RE)

At Dersingham we follow the Newham Agreed Syllabus for Religious Education - 'Exploring beliefs, Celebrating Diversity.  This syllabus has been written by a committee made up of representatives from various religious and political groups.  The syllabus follows the advice of the non-statutory National Framework for Religious Education where it states that 50% of time in RE should be in the study of Christianity.  We encourage our pupils to learn about all religions, as well as from religions.  High quality RE teaching has a key role in promoting pupils' spiritual, moral, social, cultural and intellectual development.  


RE should…

• encourage pupils to have confidence in their own growing sense of identity as well as valuing and respecting diversity in others;

• help pupils in their search for meaning and purpose in life;

• neither promote nor undermine any particular religious, spiritual or secular stance; 

• be accessible to pupils and teachers of any religious stance or none; and

• encourage pupils to be confident and able safely to express their views and opinions.  (Newham Agreed Syllabus, 'Exploring beliefs, Celebrating diversity', 2011)


Below are the units covered in the Agreed Syllabus for each year group.



Autumn 1

Autumn 2

Spring 1

Spring 2

Summer 1

Summer 2


Living with family and friends

How do Christians celebrate Christmas?

What does it mean to be Muslim?

What does it mean to be Sikh?

How do we express meaning?

What does it mean to be a Christian?


Where did the world come from?

Why did Jesus tell stories?

What is fasting and why do people do it?

How do we know Easter is coming?

Why do some people eat special foods?

Why are different books special?


Stop and Think (Jesus and Buddha)

Signs and symbols in Christianity


Light in Religions

Special Symbols

How do Jews celebrate?



Hindi worship

Person I am



Why is the Bible special?


Inner forces


What religions believe about God


What does it mean to be human?



Similarities and differences

Religious leaders

Hospice and death



Leavers celebration


If you have any questions regarding RE at Dersingham, please contact the School Office and ask to make an appointment with the RE Co-Ordinator.  This is currently Mrs Akinfie.