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At Sandilands Primary school  we follow the National Curriculum and deliver the ‘Manchester Agreed Syllabus 2022-2027’. It is our intent for the Religious Education element of our school curriculum to inspire, engage and challenge pupils equipping them with the knowledge and skills to answer challenging questions, explore different religious beliefs, values and traditions and develop a more rigorous understanding of the numerous religious traditions, beliefs and practises that are followed in our multi -cultural society. It is also our aim to encourage pupils to develop their sense of identity and belonging through self-awareness and reflection. The school believes that it is important for all children to have access to opportunities for spiritual development and awareness and understanding of the great religious traditions.

Experiences and enrichment opportunities at Sandilands

  • Handling artefacts
  • Using imaginative play or drama to express feelings and ideas
  • Meeting visitors from local religious communities
  • Taking part in whole school events (multi-faith days, Harvest Festival, school performances)
  • Responding to images, games, stories, art, music and dance
  • Comparing religions and worldviews through discussion 
  • Debating and communicating religious belief, worldviews and philosophical ideas and answering ultimate questions posed by these 
  • Visits to religious settings

EYFS: understanding the world/PSED 

In Early Years, children learn about different celebrations across a range of different religions. The curriculum also focuses on the values of love, kindness and respect and the similarities and differences between families. They will also begin to understand different cultures and traditions that each follow.

3-4 Year olds

  • Develop their sense of responsibility and membership of a community.
  • Continue to develop positive attitudes about the differences between people. 


  • See themselves as a valuable individual.
  • Think about the perspectives of others.
  • Talk about members of their immediate family and community.
  • Name and describe people who are familiar to them.
  • Understand that some places are special to members of their community.
  • Recognise that people have different beliefs and celebrate special times in different ways 


  • To have knowledge of different places of worship and understand why they are important to the community.
  • To gain knowledge of different religious festivals.
  • To gain knowledge of Christian beliefs about God and Jesus.
  • To understand the meaning of belonging and explain how different religions show this.
  • To gain knowledge of Jewish beliefs and understand the importance of Hanukkah and Shabbat.
  • To gain knowledge of Muslim beliefs and explain what happens at the celebration of Eid-ul-Fitr.
  • To explain what a holy book is and why it is special, giving examples from different regions.


  • To gain knowledge of what different religions believe about God.
  • To understand what it means to be a Christian in Britain today.
  • To be able to explain the importance of the Bible for Christians today.
  • To gain knowledge of different types of religious prayer, recognising similarities and differences in these.
  • To express own ideas about light and darkness.
  • To explain the differences between religious and non-religious festivals.
  • To explain why different religious festivals are important to Christian, Hindu, Muslim and Jewish people.
  • To understand what we can learn from religions about deciding what is right and wrong.
  • To understand the meaning of inspiring and how Jesus is inspiring to some people.
  • To describe what a journey is, and to be able to compare Christian, Jewish and Hindu journeys.
  • To gain knowledge of Hindu beliefs and what it means to be a Hindu in Britain today.


  • To engage in discussions about why some people believe God exists and why some people believe God doesn’t exist.
  • To explain different religious places of worship and the importance of them.
  • To explain what it means to be Muslim in Britain today
  • To compare own beliefs and values to the Muslim practice of the Five Pillars.
  • To be able to discuss living by the values of Jesus in the modern world.
  • To gain knowledge of different religious beliefs on life after death.
  • To explain why Christians and humanists have different views about life after death.
  • To engage in discussion about whether it is better to express your religion in art and architecture or in charity and generosity, drawing on knowledge of different religious beliefs.
  • To discuss similarities and differences between commitment and grace for Christian, Hindu and Muslim people.
  • To discuss the Christian values of love and forgiveness.
  • To discuss whether peace is more valuable than money.
  • To explain what can be done to reduce racism.

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Please click here for our RE Scheme of Work. 

Please click below to see the range of events and religious celebrations we mark in the school!