‘To develop an understanding of our

multicultural society’


Through Religious Education we want to engage, inspire and challenge pupils to; develop a deeper understanding and appreciation for the expression of beliefs, values and cultural practices in our local, national and wider global community. This will enable pupils to tackle challenging questions and prepare them for lifelong learning in our multicultural society.

RE is taught throughout the school in such a way as to reflect the overall aims, British values, and philosophy of our school. At Holt Farm Junior School, RE plays an important role, along with all other curriculum areas, particularly PSHE, in promoting the spiritual, moral, social, and cultural development of our children.


At Holt Farm Junior School, we teach RE weekly in line with the current Essex Agreed Syllabus for Religious Education. The syllabus has been created in a cyclical format to enable children to revisit and build on their prior knowledge of the different beliefs and practices taught across the school. The syllabus also allows for teachers to be flexible and adapt the term in which units are taught in their year group, to allow for cross-curricular links or involvement with parents or other members of the community.

Essex SACRE promotes RE and Collective Worship in the County. We are committed to providing our children with an exciting and positive learning environment, in which they have the opportunity to develop their knowledge and understanding of religions whilst contributing to their spiritual, moral social and cultural development.

Holt Farm Junior School:

• promotes a positive attitude toward all people, respecting their right to hold different beliefs from their own.

• promotes the values and attitudes necessary for citizenship in a multi-faith and multi-racial society through developing understanding of, respect for, and dialogue with people of different beliefs, practices, races and cultures.

• recognises and celebrates the range of cultures and diversity through workshops, assemblies and shared experiences of staff, children and people from the local community.

Through the teaching of the following Religions;

  • Christianity

  • Islam

  • Judaism

  • Hinduism

  • Humanism

  • Sikhism

All religions, and their communities, are treated with respect and sensitivity and we value the links, which are, and can be made between home, school, and a faith community. We acknowledge that each religion studied can contribute to the education of all our pupils. We promote teaching in Religious Education that stresses open enquiry and first-hand experiences wherever possible for both staff and children.

Marking and Feedback:

Feedback and marking should be completed, where possible, within the lesson. All marking and feedback is given in line with our marking and feedback policy where successes are highlighted and next steps provided for children to action.


Teachers will use their professional judgement to determine whether a child is working within age-related expectations, above or below at the end of each term. They will base their judgements on the quality of work produced throughout the unit along with the children’s answers to an independent Big Question task in regard to success criteria and whether pupils have achieved or exceeded the assessment strand(s).

Intended Impact:

Through their learning pupils will be able to:

  • make links between their own lives and those of others in their community and in the wider world

  • develop spiritually, academically, emotionally and morally to enable them to better understand and to cope with the opportunities, challenges and responsibilities of living in a rapidly changing, multicultural world

  • gain an understanding of other people’s cultures and ways of life and offer our children a way to understand how other people choose to live and to understand why they choose to live in that way